Fruits of Our Labor: Racial Justice and Queer Liberation in the Deep South

Tuesday, 17th October
Reception: 4:30pm
Panel: 5-6pm
Location: DramaTech Theater
Sponsored by Institute Diversity and Campus Services BuzzFunds
Fruits of Our Labor: Racial Justice and Queer Liberation in the Deep South
How have LGBTQIA communities contributed to the struggle for racial justice? Join us for a special OUT Week community conversation hosted by the LGBTQIA Resource Center and AASU. During this intergenerational discussion, our panelists will delve into their personal and political involvements with queer racial justice movements in the South from the 1970s to today. Join us beforehand at 4:30 for a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres.
We are excited to host four lifelong activists who have created change in LGBTQIA communities across the South.
E.R. Anderson is the Executive Director of Charis Circle, the non-profit programming arm of Charis Books and More, the nations oldest independent feminist bookstore. Charis has long been a hub for community gatherings centered around racial justice and queer and trans liberation, and Anderson has been at the forefront of guiding the organization through that work in recent years. Anderson serves on the programming board of the LGBT Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and is also a fiction writer and editor.
Lorraine Fontana has been engaged in anti-racist and anti-war organizing in the South since the 1960s. Fontana was a founding member of the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance and DARII (Dykes for the Second American Revolution). She has worked for numerous civil rights legal organizations including Lambda Legal, and is currently active in a range of social justice organizations such as a Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, and the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta's Social Justice Guild.
Rev. Duncan Teague began his career in HIV/AIDS education, advocacy, and research coordination in the 1980s, focusing much of his work in black gay communities. He was ordained and credentialed as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2014 and is now leading an emergent congregation in southwest Atlanta, Abundant LUUv Ministry. Rev. Teague is also a published writer and performance poet and is a member of the UU Ministers' Association's Committee on Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multi-Culturalism (CAROM).
Dean Steed is a community organizer, educator, and digital strategist, born in Georgia and raised in Atlanta. This southern Black Boi lives at the intersections of being Black, Queer, and Trans masculine. Steed is a thought leader on gender, race and intersectionality and a local community organizer for the Solution Not Punishment Collaborative, an Atlanta based organization, building the power of gender oppressed people of color to wage and win campaigns that force systematic divestment from the Prison Industrial Complex and investment in the services and supports that make our people and communities thrive.