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June is LGBTQI pride month!

This is celebrated in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The Bay area has a plethora of pride events including Frameline Film Festival, Art and Music shows and exhibits, parades, marches, workshops, kids events and so much more Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The queer contribution to collective human dignity throughout time has gone largely unseen, undermined and unnoticed. These contributions are critical to societies being humane. Queer communities and especially queer communities of color have worked tirelessly to ensure basic human rights while bearing the brunt of racism and homophobia and/or transphobia.  LGBTQI history month is in October, but June is the month to celebrate, educate and stand in pride for queer communities all over the world.

 Although not in June, there will be a Seminar on Queerness on July 28th, 2018 10AM facilitated by WISR Doctoral Student Rosa Reinikainen. Come and learn more about queer experience, history, and contribution to the democracy.

For more information, our most recent events flyers can be found here: http://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/

 

WISR’s Annual Conference will be Thursday October 4th through Saturday, October 7th or Sunday the 8th. Save the Date!

Listen to KQED Interview with WISR Doctoral Student, Jake Sloan!

Interview with WISR doctoral student, Jake Sloan, on KQED Forum, with Michael Krasny, May 29, 2018:

https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101865458/how-the-mare-island-21ers-fought-for-the-rights-of-black-shipyard-workers

“In ‘Standing Tall,’ author Jake Sloan tells the story of the Mare Island “21ers,” who were African-American construction workers at Vallejo’s Mare Island Naval Shipyard in the 1960s. Facing insidious and chronic discrimination, a handful of the workers protested and filed a complaint with the federal government for mistreatment, despite fears of retribution. Their actions led to slow but systemic change, which benefited black workers in the construction industry and beyond. Sloan worked at Mare Island at the time and described himself as a young “foot soldier” in the 21ers movement.”

Guest:

Jake Sloan, author, Standing Tall: Willie Long and the Mare Island Original 21ers; owner, Davillier-Sloan Construction Company

Jake’s book, Standing Tall, was published by WISR Press.

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