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Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse: role of straight allies after marriage equality (Grand Rapids)

June 24, 2015
11:00 pm - 12:30 am EDT

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Many people have some speculations about the zombie apocalypse. They also have speculations about what will happen when marriage equality becomes a national reality. This talk will explore the relationship between these two imagined futures.

The inevitable passage of marriage equality provides a moment to re-envision the possibilities for a queer and transgender agenda. This new political agenda must include an understanding of how power operates. It must also include how different resistance struggles relate with one another as justice for queer and trans people is inextricably tied up in racial, economic, disabilities, and environmental justice. Coalition building amongst these various justice movements is essential to a more livable reality for queer and trans people. This talk will outline the role of allies in justice work and some crucial skills for practicing solidarity with people experiencing marginalization.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Emily West

LGBT Coordinator, GVSU

Emily West is the LGBT Coordinator for the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley State University. Emily is an alum of both Hope College and GVSU. At Hope, Emily began their activist work with campus organizing, including a campaign to repeal the college’s anti-homosexualitystatement. Emily has worked as a field organizer for local, regional and state campaigns, including a campaign focused on amending Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 to be inclusive of perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Emily has also worked as a youth advocate, supporting youth experiencing poverty and homelessness. Emily’s experiences doing LGBT advocacy work as well as youth advocacy work has been rooted in relational organizing toward a goal of collective liberation. Recently Emily had the honor of co-authoring a chapter titled “Beyond identity politics: Equipping students to create systemic change” in the first published text on intersectionality in higher education. Emily holds a Master’s of Education Degree with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley State University.