Bmore Proud is on a mission to unite the LGBT communities within Baltimore’s colleges and universities. Last year, Maren Greathouse, director of LGBT student programming at Towson University, and Karol Martinez, director of student activities at Maryland Institute College of Art, expressed a desire to sponsor an academic symposium that would let their students know just how serious the 12 local collegiate LGBT communities are about uniting.

With the help of Morgan’s Claudia Leight, this idea took off, and the symposium is scheduled to take place on March 12.
This day-long event includes over a dozen presenters including keynote speaker, Dr. Antonia Randolph. She has researched aspects of social culture, race, and the role of the African American male in rap music and his effect on this community. She will discuss the topics covered in her book tentatively titled “The Wrong Kind of Different: Race, Ethnicity and the Meaning of Diversity in American Schools,” to be released in 2012.

Morning and afternoon sessions will tackle issues such as the razor thin lines placed on gay men who embrace their female affinity and the topic of STDs in the lesbian community. Other topics include how same-sex marriage affects women, social minorities and citizenship, and violence within the LGBT community. A roundtable discussion will be centered on developing LGBT studies programs for higher education institutions.

DETAILS: “Academic Symposium: Intersections: Sexuality, Gender, Race and Ethnicity.” $10-25. Saturday, March 12, 9am-4:30pm. Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Ln. University Student Center Rooms 210 and 212. Call Claudia Leight at 443-885-3130.


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