Gender and LGBTQ Issues


Added 04/28/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Michaela Madrid is the operations manager for the Sovereign Bodies Institute, an Indigenous organization that works to end gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people through research and data-driven direct services.

Added 03/30/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

AC Dumlao is a queer/bi+ transgender non-binary activist and educator who focuses on centering and uplifting underrepresented communities. Dumlao is the program manager at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and the creator of the Facebook social justice community page “Call Me They.

Added 03/30/21 | Location: Canada, Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Schuyler Bailar is the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. Bailar, who uses he/him pronouns, swam for Harvard University until his graduation in 2019. Bailar has been swimming since he was one year old.

Updated 11/06/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects: , , ,

Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, as well as the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women.

Added 08/24/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects: , , ,

Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality.  Araiza spoke up against the university’s plans for in-person classes in fall 2020.

Updated 03/08/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: ,

Lisa A. Fontes is a senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on topics related to culture and violence against intimate partners and children. Fontes is the author of the books Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures, and Child Abuse and Culture.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , ,

Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an associate professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. She documents working-class history and lives and challenges stereotypes of the so-called “banana republics” in Central America.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , ,

Neena K. Chaudhry is general counsel and senior advisor for education at the National Women’s Law Center. Her focus is on girls who experience sexual harassment and violence, are denied athletic opportunities, face unfair discipline, or are discriminated against because they are pregnant.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Karen Tongson is a professor of English, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies and ethnicity, and chair of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in queer theory, women and pop music, and queer and racial representations and stereotyping in popular culture.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world.

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Kim Tallbear-Dauphine is an associate professor of Native studies at the University of Alberta in Canada. An enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota, her research focuses on the relationship between science and race/identity among Native American peoples.

Updated 04/14/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: , , ,

Sarah J. Jackson is Presidential Associate Professor and co-director of the Media, Inequality & Change Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. She studies how media, journalism and technology are used by and represent marginalized groups, with a focus on how communication arising from Black, feminist and activist spaces contribute to U.S.

Updated 04/20/21 | Location: Virginia | Subjects: ,

Anna Maria Chávez is the executive director and CEO of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). She is an expert on women’s leadership, youth development, and public policy. She serves on the board of the SCAN Foundation, a charity dedicated to improving eldercare. Chávez also created the Ban Bossy campaign to encourage young girls to lead.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , ,

Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at California Lutheran University. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race and ethnicity — specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Patricia Valoy is a STEM advocate and feminist writer. She is an expert on feminism, gender stereotypes and workplace sexism. She is an engineer, and writes on a variety of issues facing women of color in male-dominated STEM careers. She is a writer and speaker for Soapbox Inc. and Everyday Feminism.

Updated 04/14/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Ange-Marie Hancock is Dean’s Professor of gender studies and professor of political science and gender and sexuality studies at the University of Southern California. She is also CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation. Hancock is a scholar of intersectionality theory.

Updated 03/04/21 | Location: Texas | Subjects: ,

Dr. Ximena Lopez is a pediatric endocrinologist who sees patients at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Syreeta McFadden is a writer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Her work deals largely with gender, politics, race and culture, and explores the cultural narratives of communities.

Updated 04/14/21 | Location: Connecticut | Subjects: , ,

Phillip Atiba Goff is a professor of African American studies and psychology at Yale University and an expert in the science of racial bias, exposing through scientific inquiry how people learn to associate Blackness and crime implicitly. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: Kansas | Subjects: , ,

Sarah Deer is a University Distinguished Professor of women, gender and sexuality studies and in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. She was a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. Deer’s research focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights, using indigenous feminist principles as a framework.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , , ,

Tiya Miles is a professor of history at Harvard University and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. She is a historian and creative writer whose work explores the intersections of African American, Native American and women’s histories.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , , ,

Farai Chideya is an award-winning author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience combining media, technology and diversity. She is creator and host of the podcast Our Body Politic and a program officer with the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression team.

Updated 04/05/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Imara Jones is the creator of TransLash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative project that aims to shift the current culture of hostility toward transgender people in the U.S.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: Maryland | Subjects: , ,

Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is founder and director of The Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice at Loyola and founding executive director of the Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator. Previously, he was an MSNBC commentator, CNBC contributor and BET.com columnist. He was the editor of The Daily Voice from 2008-2012 and was the host of the BET television show My Two Cents from 2006-2008.

Updated 04/09/21 | Location: Texas | Subjects: , ,

Jared A. Montoya is a professor and associate dean of leadership studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. His research on multicultural counseling, employment discrimination, misperception and Hispanic health has been presented at a number of professional conferences.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: Illinois | Subjects: ,

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Previously she served as the deputy provost for graduate education and the director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , , ,

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal is the executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights and a civil rights attorney specializing in immigration law and legal issues affecting the LGBT community and those living with HIV.

Updated 04/09/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , ,

Lisa García Bedolla is an education professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the school’s vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate division. She studies the causes and consequences of political inequalities in the United States.

Updated 04/08/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , ,

Sherine Hafez is a professor and the chair of the Gender and Sexuality Studies department at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on Islamic movements and gender studies in Arab and Middle Eastern cultures.

Updated 02/08/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , , ,

Fatima Goss Graves is the president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, where she “works to promote the rights of women and girls at school and in the workplace.” Previously, she worked as an appellate and trial litigator at Mayer Brown LLP and as a law clerk for Judge Diane P.

Added 01/10/13 | Location: Wisconsin | Subjects: , ,

Asifa Quraishi-Landes is a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She specializes in comparative Islamic and U.S. constitutional law, and has written on Sharia law in America, women’s rights and Muslim governments. Quraishi-Landes was a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow.

Updated 01/14/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , ,

Julianne Malveaux is an economist, commentator, author and academic. She has appeared on a wide range of television networks such as CNN, PBS, NBC and Fox News to speak about economics and social issues. She has written several books, including Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History (2010).