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A Critical Look at the LGBT Movement

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6 PM, CSWGS is pleased to present a Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health and Well-being by Urvashi Vaid, Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School. The lecture will take place off-campus, at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. More information about the venue is provided below. 

While this event is free and open to the public, seating is limited. Email rsvpcswgs@rice.edu to reserve your seat today.  

Marriage equality is all over the news and seems like an unstoppable tidal wave, but what is really going on for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people today? How do we square advances in LGBT rights with continuing setbacks on racial justice, with over-criminalization, with anti-choice advances, or with high levels of violence against women? Is there a difference between formal legal equality and lived equality? Join a conversation with lesbian organizer and attorney Urvashi Vaid as she argues that creative work for economic, gender, racial, and environmental justice is the way forward for LGBT equality. 

Vaid true squareUrvashi Vaid is a leading voice in contemporary social justice movements. Early in her career, she initiated the ACLU's National Prison Project work on HIV/AIDS in prisons. She has since served as Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Program of the Ford Foundation, and Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation. In 2012, she founded LPAC, the national lesbian political action committee, whose goals are to support feminist, progressive, and pro-LGBT campaigns. She is also a board member of the Gill Foundation. Vaid is the author of "Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Lesbian and Gay Liberation" (Anchor Books, 1996) and co-edited with John D'Emilio and William Turner the anthology "Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights" (St. Martin's Press, 2000). Her most recent book is "Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics" (Magnus Books, 2012). 

The lecture begins at 6:00 PM and will be followed by a question and answer session and a reception. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church is located at 2025 W 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008. Convenient, free parking is available on the church campus. For additional information, please visit their website.  Co-sponsors for the reception following the lecture include: ACLU of Texas, Columbia University Club of South Texas, Resurrection MCC, Rice Alumni Pride, and SEIU Texas.