Connecticut College News
LGBTQ Center celebrates the month of Gay-pril04/10/2012
The Connecticut College LGBTQ Resource Center hosts an annual celebration in April that features an array of LGBTQ-themed events. Gay-pril events this year include a talk and a panel discussion taking place at the end of this week. The talk, "Homonationalism Gone Viral: The Affective Politics of Discipline and Control," is by Jasbir Puar, associate professor of gender and women's studies at Rutgers University and author of the award-winning book "Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times." She will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room in Shain Library. "Puar's work challenges us to think critically about the gay rights movement in the context of global racial and economic hierarchies," said Jen Manion, assistant professor of history and director of the LGBTQ Center. "The privileging of white gay people and the marginalization of communities of color is one important and deeply problematic development. These issues are critical for LGBTQ students and those committed to social justice to explore and we are thrilled that Professor Puar is coming to guide us in this conversation." The lecture is the fourth and final event in the "Race & Sexuality Speaker Series" sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Unity House (the College's multicultural center) and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. The panel discussion, "OUT at Work," features Connecticut College alumni Chris Fray '86, Lakshmi Kannan '10 and Rachel Chase '05, as well as New London Mayor Daryl Finizio. They will talk about their career paths and how they navigate homophobia/transphobia in the workplace. The discussion is at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Ernst Common Room of Blaustein Humanities Center. "LGBTQ students have a lot to think about when they apply for jobs and enter the workforce," said Manion. "Students have to figure out whether or not they want to be 'out' and assess what impact that may have on their career options. Homophobia and heteronormativity are real forces in the world - we need to give our students the tools to help them make good decisions for themselves." "OUT at Work" is sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, Career Enhancing Life Skills and the Office of Alumni Relations. Both events are free and open to the public. To view other events on campus this month, visit the Connecticut College calendar of events.