Queering Our World

November 6 - 8, 2015

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

We invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and concerned civic activists to the 2015 Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania to explore the possibilities of queering our world. This theme encourages participants to consider what can be done to make our worlds more livable for individuals who identify as members of LGBTQ communities wherever they exist.

Consider the following:

  • A 2014 report by the Williams Institute finds that “LGBT youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system.”
  • According to a Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and The National Center for Transgender Equality, “transgender people are four times more likely to have household incomes of less than $10,000/year compared to the general population.”
  • A survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign of LGBTQ youth found that many respondents are “profoundly disconnected from their communities.” (Growing Up LGBT in America, 2012)
  • At the Federal level and in many states, it is still legally possible to deny goods & services, housing, and employment to LGBTQ individuals.
  • Violent treatment of LGBTQ peoples continues to be a major concern globally in places like Russia, Egypt, and Jamaica (Human Rights Watch, 2014).

Though there are many illustrations of successes (i.e., Bloomsburg University has transgender housing options, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf appointed Rachel Levine, a transwoman, as our state’s Physician General, 34 states legally recognize marriage equality, etc.), we need a space that allows us to imagine a world that is more humane and respectful of LGBTQ people and our communities.

Join us for 3 days of interactive discussion and presentations as we explore what it means to queer our worlds. We anticipate and encourage participation from undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and civic leaders. Please keep this wide range of audiences in mind as you craft your proposals and presentations.

To submit your presentation for consideration, please complete our online call for Proposals. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at our Eighth Annual Conference this fall!

Safa Saracoglu, Conference Chair
Timothy Oleksiak, Conference Vice-Chair
Asa Kelley, Conference Operations Coordinator