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Morgan State University Writing Center

Morgan State University Baltimore, MD

October 25, 2014-November 30, 2014

Untold Stories: Narratives of the Young Gifted and Gay

Edited By: Brian Stewart

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In the fall of 2014, Alpha Iota, the Morgan State University Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

Fraternity Inc. made a clear statement when it denied membership to an applicant based on

sexual orientation. The complaint filed by Brian Stewart; an ambassador to the institution and

former White House Intern, made national headlines when the public became aware of the gay

slurs and expletives used by a member of the fraternity. The complaint would go on to position

Mr. Stewart in the public spotlight, receiving both praise and criticism for speaking out on his

experience. At the same time, between messages of support and threats to his well-being, Mr.

Stewart began receiving stories from all over the country from persons who experienced similar

situations. First, the stories were specific and came from current members of the fraternity and or

deferred applicants—narrating their experiences while seeking to join the fraternity. Then,

stories of everyday struggles with one’s own sexuality, family, school, and life-in-general began

to pour in. While all of the stories praised Mr. Stewart and spoke of his courage in speaking out

against the chapter, it was around that same time that the first idea–of the possibility of a book

giving voice to the untold stories sparked by the incident, came to be.

Inspired by the personal experience as a victim of sexual discrimination and the literary

anthology edited by Keith Boykin: For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The

Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, Untold Stories: Narratives of the Young Gifted and Gay edited by

Brian Stewart is an untraditional anthology of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer

(LGBTQ) voices in the 21st century. This book responds to the ideas of homophobia, sexual

stigma, heterosexism, and sexual prejudice in regards to LGBTQ persons; by offering narratives

of personal experiences that will help the reader understand hostility, oppression, and

discrimination towards LGBTQ persons based on their sexual orientation and gender identity and

Additional background can be found here the When Brian Smiles Blog

From October 25, 2014 until February 28, 2015, we will accept essays and other writings to

include in Untold Stories. We are looking for insightful stories and or experiences centered

around one or more of the following major themes: identity (in regards to sexual orientation

and gender identity and or expression), family, school, and life in general. Submissions

should be between 1000 and 5000 words. Send your submission to

whenbriansmiles@gmail.com. Please include your name, email address, phone number,

brief 1-paragraph biography and a jpeg photo with your submission. Anonymous

submissions will be considered; however, we ask that you submit a pseudonym/alias to credit the

This particular anthology will include both established and non-established writers. Our aim is to

tell the stories of everyday Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA)

individuals who have faced and or are still facing adversity. While we plan to include

submissions from known public figures, published authors, and talented writers who have

overcome obstacles throughout their lives, we are particularly looking for millennials; recent

graduate or undergraduate students, and those who have faced bullying or harassment. No matter

how you identify, we are only interested in well-told stories that can educate and inspire others.

Ultimately, we would like to include the stories of all persons so long as the stories are relevant

to the purpose and the themes of the book. It is our intention that this book will: give voice to

what it is like living in the 21st century as a non-heterosexual individual, the challenges we face,

and be an opportunity to tell our own stories.

Lastly, we don’t anticipate every story to have a happy ending, nor do we anticipate every essay

to deal with adversity, harassment, or some sort of tragedy. We understand life is complex, and

want this book to be both educational and inspiring. We want your stories to give voice to your

real life experiences, and share those experiences with others. We want to provide you the

opportunity to tell your story, just you and your experiences.

This book is expected to be published in April/May 2015.


Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being

22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies

Graduate Student Conference*

March 25-26th, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin

The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. We invite individual papers, creative writing and artistic posters, performance pieces, and panel submissions from participants in any discipline whose research pertains to any topic in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.

*Presentation at this conference will count towards the WGS MA Program, and the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate and/or the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate LGBTQ Studies Track.

We especially welcome submissions related to CWGS’s 2014-2015 theme:

“Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being”
How are boundaries determined and contested? How do notions of boundary and space inform identities and relationships? What does it mean to move through space? What does it mean to take up or occupy a space – especially for marginalized bodies? How do diasporic moments in history lead to different mappings of race and gender? How – in varied ways – do we/can we construct or imagine, space? What are the limits of history, memory, and geographical boundaries on ideas and experiences of space?

We invite proposals that address these questions (or pose related ones) using the lenses of gender, race, sexuality, ability, performance or other feminist, womanist, queer or anti-racist methodologies.

Our understandings of location, space, and identity are broad and open to interpretation. Possible topics may include:

Borders:

Virtual Borderlands

Comparative Borderlands Studies

Spiritual Borderlands

Immigration

Sexual Borderlands

Borders, Belonging, and Nation/State

 

Bodies:

Geographies of the Body/Mapping the Body

Marginalized Bodies: Creating/Contesting/Occupying Space

Sexuality and Trauma

Disability

Bodies in Space/Bodies as Space

Physicality and Performance

 

Identities:

Geography and Identity

Migrant/Immigrant Identities

Co-creation of Identity and Space

Community and Space

Identity and Diaspora(s)

Intersections of Space with Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Ability, and other Identities

 

Space and Place:

“Real” and “Imagined” Space

Virtual Space
(Inter-)Disciplinary Perspectives on Space and Place

Making Claims to Space – Colonialism, Conquest, Invasion, Citizenship/Belonging

Space, Place, and Social Change

Queer, Feminist, Womanist, and Indigenous Interventions/Critiques of Space and Place

Students proposing individual presentations (15 minutes) on any topic must submit: (1) 250 word abstract (2) Participant Application and Brief Biography. Students proposing a panel presentation are to submit an abstract of the panel along with the required materials for individual papers as listed above. For panel submissions, please limit the number of participants to four. All submissions should be made here:

http://sites.utexas.edu/feministgeographies/abstract-submission/

Priority Submission Deadline: December 20, 2014

Final Submission Deadline: January 10, 2015

Conference Registration $20
There is no cost for submitting a proposal.


 

Call for proposals for second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Austin! (En español abajo)

The second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Austin (WE Con Austin), a community conversation and resource fair, is seeking workshop and panel proposals! This two-day gathering for women, girls and those who care about them will be held on March 7 & 8, 2015, at ACC Eastview. Take a look, submit your ideas, and share with your networks!

Our theme for WE Con Austin is: How do you WOMAN?

Our goals for the conference are:
– Building community among central Texas women and girls
– Sparking great discussions about gender, race, sexuality, class, disability, & more
– Helping women and girls gain knowledge and build skills that will enable them to create the lives they want

Submissions should be consistent with the goals. We welcome various interpretations of the theme. We prefer interactive models such as discussions, skill-building workshops, or other styles that engage in alternative types of education.

We are particularly interested in proposals dealing with one or more of the following topics: self-care, community and coalition building, self-determination, practicing feminism in everyday life, economic justice, trans/queer justice, reproductive justice, food justice, prisoner rights, immigration, local Austin issues, woman of color feminisms, technology, the arts, body image, movement, health & wellness, and empowering women and girls of all ages.

We will offer teen/tween programming, so we welcome proposals for this age group.

Please include in your submissions:
– Title of panel, workshop, or presentation
– A brief description of 300-500 words
– Description of AV and space requirements
– Presenter/s name and contact information
– A short bio (100 words max) and picture

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 12, 2014. Please submit all documents via email to conference@womenctx.org. You can send the submission as a Microsoft Word file, .pdf, or text file. If postal mail works better for you, please send it to: Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, Attn: Conference, 1704 San Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701

If you have any questions please contact Carrie Tilton-Jones at carrie@womenctx.org

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Convocatoria de propuestas para la segunda Conferencia Para Empoderamiento de la Mujer Austin!

La segunda Conferencia Para Empoderamiento de la Mujer Austin (WE Con Austin) un conversación comunitaria y feria de recursos está en busca de propuestas para talleres y presentaciónes. WE Con Austin será una reunión de dos días para mujeres, niñas y aquell@s quienes se preocupan por ellas. Se llevará a cabo el 7 y 8 de marzo de 2015, en ACC Eastview. ¡Échele un vistazo, presente sus ideas y comparta con sus contactos!

Nuestro tema para WE Con Austin es: El reto de ser mujer

Nuestras metas para esta conferencia son:
-Formar comunidades y alianzas entre mujeres y niñas en el centro de Tejas
-Fomentar discusiones importantes sobre el género, raza/etnicidad, sexualidad, clase, discapacidad y otros.
-Ayudar a que mujeres y niñas adquieran el conocimiento y las habilidades que las permitan crear la vida que quieren.

Las presentaciones deben ser consistentes con las metas. Damos la bienvenida a diversas interpretaciones de la tema. También preferimos modelos interactivos tales como discusiones, talleres para desarrollar habilidades, u otros estilos que se dedican a formas alternativas de educación.

Estamos especialmente interesadas en propuestas que traten uno o más de los siguientes temas: feminismo enfocado en la lucha de mujeres de color, cuidado personal, formación de comunidad y alianzas, autodeterminación, la práctica del feminismo en la vida cotidiana, justicia trans/queer/lgbtqia, justicia económica, justicia reproductiva, justicia alimentaria, derechos de prisioneras/ex convictas, inmigración, temas locales de Austin, tecnología, las artes, imagen corporal, movimiento, salud y bienestar, y el empoderamiento de las mujeres y niñas de todas las edades.

Ofreceremos actividades para adolescentes y jóvenes, así que damos la bienvenida a propuestas enfocadas en estos grupos de edades.

Por favor, incluya en su(s) propuesta:

– Título del plática, taller o presentación
– Una breve descripción de 300-500 palabras
– Requerimientos de equipo audiovisual y/o especificaciones de espacio
– Nombre e información de contacto de la(s) presentadora(s)
– Una breve biografía (100 palabras como máximo) y una foto

La fecha límite para someter propuestas es el viernes, 12 de diciembre de 2014. Por favor, envíe todos los documentos por correo electrónico aconference@womenctx.org. Puede enviar su propuesta como un documento de Microsoft Word (.doc), Archivo PDF (.pdf) o archivo de texto (.rtf).  Si prefiere el correo postal, favor enviarlo a la siguiente dirección: Centro Comunitario para las Mujeres en el Centro de Tejas, Atención: Conferencia, 1704 San Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701

Si tiene alguna pregunta, puede contactar a Andrea Zarate: andrea@womenctx.org


 

Call for proposals for second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Austin!The second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference Austin (WE Con Austin), a community conversation and resource fair, is seeking workshop and panel proposals! This two-day gathering for women, girls and those who care about them will be held on March 7 & 8, 2015, at ACC Eastview. Take a look, submit your ideas, and share with your networks!Our theme for WE Con Austin is: How do you WOMAN?
Our goals for the conference are: – Building community among central Texas women and girls – Sparking great discussions about gender, race, sexuality, class, disability, & more – Helping women and girls gain knowledge and build skills that will enable them to create the lives they want
Submissions should be consistent with the goals. We welcome various interpretations of the theme. We prefer interactive models such as discussions, skill-building workshops, or other styles that engage in alternative types of education.
We are particularly interested in proposals dealing with one or more of the following topics: self-care, community and coalition building, self-determination, practicing feminism in everyday life, economic justice, trans/queer justice, reproductive justice, food justice, prisoner rights, immigration, local Austin issues, woman of color feminisms, technology, the arts, body image, movement, health & wellness, and empowering women and girls of all ages.
We will offer teen/tween programming, so we welcome proposals for this age group.Please include in your submissions: – Title of panel, workshop, or presentation – A brief description of 300-500 words – Description of AV and space requirements – Presenter/s name and contact information – A short bio (100 words max) and picture
The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 12, 2013. Please submit all documents via email to conference@womenctx.org. You can send the submission as a Microsoft Word file, .pdf, or text file. If postal mail works better for you, please send it to: Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, Attn: Conference, 1704 San Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701
If you have any questions please contact Carrie Tilton-Jones at carrie@womenctx.org
We look forward to your proposals!
Andrea Zarate Communications Subcommittee