Starting Date: 11-13-2015
Ending Date: 11-15-2015
Winona State University
Winona, Minnesota 55987
United StatesThroughout the country, the larger public conversation around the LGBTQI+ Rights Movement has been focused on same-sex marriage equality. As of June 26, 2015, there are some that believe we have won our fight when the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obergefell v. Hodges in a case that decided that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. While we can and should take a moment and appreciate a win, we know our fight has not ended, that the “fight for equality” is not merely comprised of our right to marriage.
LGTBQI+ communities continue to face inequalities and oppression in access to housing, mental healthcare, economic security, and physical safety amongst others. How do we continue to fight for our rights together when we are divided by the erasure of gender identities, the categorizing of orientations into hierarchies, the disregard of critical conversation around privilege, and the systematic violence against LGBTQI+ persons of color?
Same-sex marriage is not our final conversation.
Let’s engage in difficult conversations.
Let’s call ourselves in when we need to step back so that other voices can be heard.
Let’s challenge our expectations of the movement.
Let’s question what it means be an “an ally” to and within LGBTQI+ communities.
Let’s advocate for mass education around intersectionalities – race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ability, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality and the many other ways we are different and beautiful.
Let’s recognize that not everyone has equal standing in the fight for basic human rights.
Let’s keep evolving. Let’s keep speaking out.
You’re invited this November to join Winona State University and Full Spectrum: WSU’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance at the Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference 2015. This year’s theme is Equity as a Human right: The Evolution from Equality to Equity.
MOCC is a premier opportunity for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas to discuss issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual persons (LGBTQIA+) on college and university campuses and in the greater community.
You can direct your questions to us at MOCC@mncampusalliance.org
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