ALBANY, NY (June 11, 2021) – What began as “Gay Pride Day” over 50 years ago as a commemoration of the Stonewall uprising – protests in reaction to a police raid on a gay bar in New York – expanded to a series of month-long events celebrating the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the United States and around the world.
But it’s not all rainbows and parades. The activism that began half a century ago for equal rights and equal protection for LGBTQ + people is not over. The LGBTQ + community continues to face major barriers, including harassment and violence, limited access to housing and health care, and increased rates of depression and suicide.
The University of Albany has faculty experts who can speak to a wide variety of issues impacting the LGBTQ + community, including continued discrimination and global homophobia, overrepresentation of LGBTQ youth in the system protection, queer activism and “rainbow capitalism”.
Laura Tétreault, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Dr. Tetreault’s research focuses on the intersections between LGBTQ + issues, media, activism and racial justice. She is available to talk about queer media, racial justice in LGBTQ + movements, racism in the queer community itself, political disinformation campaigns and “rainbow capitalism” – companies co-opting messages and LGBTQ + images.
“One of the major issues facing the LGBTQ community today is the interdependence of LGBTQ issues with racial justice issues and the need for queer people to act in solidarity with racial justice movements,” said Tetreault. . “Another is the co-opting of LGBTQ messages for capitalist gain and the assimilation of mostly white and / or affluent LGBTQ people into mainstream American society to the detriment of many other members of the LGBTQ community, gays and lesbians. more severely poor and disabled. trans people of color. Justice for people with disabilities continues to be a vital issue for LGBTQ + communities, as COVID-19 has made health disparities so obvious. Trans issues are vital for LGBTQ + activism today, as we see extremely oppressive laws proposed or implemented across the country that discriminate against transgender people, such as the so-called ‘bathroom bans’, discrimination in school sports and lack of access to gender-affirming medical care.
Sarah Mountz, Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare
Dr. Mountz is researching LGBTQ + youth, especially those in the child welfare or juvenile justice system. She has studied the experiences of gay, transgender and sexist youth in girls’ juvenile justice facilities in New York City, as well as homelessness and activism among LGBTQ + youth populations.
“My research focuses on LGBTQ + youth, with a focus on LGBTQ + youth who are or have been in the child welfare or juvenile justice system, and their overrepresentation and mistreatment by these systems.” , she says. “I also focus on the impact of hostile school climates, rejection and acceptance of family on LGBTQ + youth.”
Courtney dallaird, Deputy director for intercultural engagement of students
Courtney D’Allaird is the Founding Coordinator of UAlbany’s Gender and Sexuality & Resource Center, and worked with college campuses across New York State to expand initiatives for LGBTQ + students. They are available to talk about a wide range of gender and sexuality issues, including sports legislation, the performative alliance, the history of pride and coming out, the importance of visibility, the intersections of LGBTQ + identity and other movements; and the wide range of “plus” in LGBTQ +.
“LGBTQ + people are not targeted just because they identify as LGBTQ +, we are targeted because society does not address the underlying issues of sexism, racism, classism, etc. that affect us all, but disproportionately targets LGBTQ + people, ”they said. “As such, the targeting of LGBTQ + people with harassment, legislation, and emotional / physical violence are actually symptomatic of these larger issues. You can see this in any argument targeting these identities like athletics, toilets, hate crime legislation, etc.
Other experts available include:
- Meredith Weiss, professor and chair of political science, who has done extensive research on global homophobia and queer mobilization.
- Victor Asal, professor of political science, who can speak on issues of transnational politics, including why some countries are more likely to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ + community and others more likely to protect them.
- Julie Novkov, Acting Dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, who can speak to recent and proposed legislation targeting equal rights for gay and transgender people.
About the University of Albany:
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