Reading Rainbows

Reading Rainbows, a diversity and inclusion workshop series, gives students, faculty, and staff a space to engage with content at the intersection of LGBTQIA identity or experience.The Fall 2021 sessions are listed below, each session will be virtual via BlueJeans.

Fall 2021

(Bi)cons: Bisexual Representation in U.S. Media
Friday, Sept 24 from 12:00-1:00pm
Presented by: Camilla Frost-Brewer & Tegra Myanna
Join the staff from the LGBTQIA Resource Center as we discuss bisexual, pansexual, queer and other non-monosexual representations in U.S. media. We will explore both postive representation and represenations based on stereotypes and assumptions about these communities of people.  

Diving into the LGBTQ Game Archive
Friday, Oct 29th from 12:00-1:00pm
Presented By: Dr. Adrienne Shaw, Games Researcher and Associate Professor in Temple University's Department of Media Studies and Production
Started by Dr. Adrienne Shaw in 2015, the LGBTQ Game Archive strives to document all known instances of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer content in digital games from the 1980s to present. As of Fall 2021 the master list for the project lists nearly 1300 games. This project also served as the underlying basis for Rainbow Arcade, the world’s first exhibit of LGBTQ video game history hosted by the Schwules Museum in Germany. In this presentation, Shaw discusses the archive and the exhibit, what we know about the history of LGBTQ content in digital games, trends that this research has revealed, as well as the limitations inherent in trying to piece together this recent past.

AIDS and the 80s Through Film
Friday, December 3rd from 12:00-1:00pm
Presented by: Alex Klementiev & David Hayward

The enormous impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the LGBT+ community remained largely ignored throughout the 80s by mainstream society. Even today, it’s often difficult to engage and learn about the epidemic as the material remains inaccessible and often overlooked by younger generations. A bigger question emerges: how do you begin to learn about the AIDS epidemic during the 80s? In this seminar, Alex Klementiev and David Hayward explore several themes found in film including the average experience, activism and homophobia. Together, they bring a cross generational perspective with the goal of exposing others to the AIDS epidemic through a new lens – allowing others a door through which to learn about the epidemic.  

About the Presenters: 
Alexander Klementiev: Alex is a 5th year PhD graduate student in the biology department at Georgia Tech. His passion for infectious diseases and chemistry has led him to study the different chemical interactions that bacteria use to cause disease. His interest stems from the desire to help the LGBT+ community in treatment of infectious diseases as well as minimizing stigma and promoting awareness of conditions such as HIV/AIDS. At the start of the COVID Pandemic, Alex began research into the AIDS epidemic during the 80s which led to several interviews with folks as well as a deep dive into movies, documentaries, and books on the subject.  

David Hayward: David Co-founded the Washington, D.C.'s Gay Liberation Front when he was a student at George Washington University, Hayward migrated to Atlanta to become one of the core collective that produced Atlanta's 1972 Pride March.  "The city too busy to hate" finally granted Pride a permit to march in the streets and not on the sidewalks, when they conceded we are indeed a minority. Since 1972 Hayward has assisted every Atlanta Pride, and served as a Grand Marshal for the 2016 Atlanta Pride. Serving in countless LGBTQ rights groups, Hayward is first and foremost a journalist who is published in local, regional, national and international publications.  He has written for The Advocate, OUT Magazine, and Frontiers Magazine among many others. In 2002 he dragooned his longtime friend and mentor, the late Berl Boykin, into concocting Touching Up Our Roots to share our community's stories.  He has interviewed scores of folks for National Public Radio's Story Corps Project, all archived at the Library of Congress. In addition he has produced interviews and documentaries on camera of LGBTQ luminaries. 


Accessibility Information

All Reading Rainbows meetings will take place in person, with a remote option for Fall 2021. 

Participants will be able to log into an online platform that will be equipped with live captions. Videos and microphones do not have to be used/turned on to participate. A chat function will be provided to communicate with participants and facilitators as well. There will be a hand-raising feature, if needed. 

For group readings: We post these readings as pdfs online at the start of the semester. Please notify us if you find a reading is not screen-reader compatible or if you would like us to provide a large-print hard copy in advance. 

For workshops: The formats vary between workshops but may include PowerPoint slides, videos, handouts, and discussions. PowerPoint slides will be viewable during the presentation through screensharing. Please notify us in advance if you would like to receive a digital or large print copy of the slides and handouts or if you need the videos to be captioned or transcribed. 

If additional accommodations are needed/desired, please contact Camilla Brewer directly via email at 



List of Previous Reading Rainbow Sessions

Spring 2019

  1. Disability:  Creating Access in Your Events, Programs, and Services
  2. The Neoliberal University and Its Impact on Low-Income Students
  3. Race:  Cultural Appropriation

Fall 2019

  1. Fostering Family:  LGBTQIA Youth in Foster Care (presented by Whitney McClain)
  2. Ethical Non-Monogamy and Polyamory (presented by Amber DeSadier, Thomas DeSadier, and Chaneè Jackson Kendall)

Fall 2020

  1. Language and LGBTQ Visibility in Engineering (presented by Dr. Chloé Arson and Alex Wing)
  2. Body Positivity in Queer and Trans Community

Spring 2021

  1. Mental Health Needs Among LGBT College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic (presented by Dr. Gilbert Gonzalez and Lena Robertson of Vanderbilt University)
  2. Exploring Concepts of Sexuality and Gender in China, India, and South Korea (presented by the Office of International Education)
  3. Queering Theology (presented by Kat Folk)