WGST Facilitates Diversity Week Panel

As part of West Virginia University’s Diversity Week, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies facilitated a speaking panel focused on the transnational LGBTQ+ community in recent news, past legal cases, and international affairs.

The panel, “LGBTQ and Equity in an Age of Globalization and Personal Liberties,” was led by three of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies graduate teaching assistants, Brendan Muckian-Bates, Lacey Bonar, and Kalo Sakoto. Muckian-Bates focused on “conservative fear with the understanding of forced government multiculturalism” in relation to the LGBTQ+ community. Bonar analyzed past court cases regarding the LGBTQ+ community that have since changed with current presidential administrations. Sakoto provided perspective on LGBTQ+ issues from her viewpoint as a native Kenyan, and it how differs from that of the U.S.

Those in attendance were encouraged to ask questions, and generate discourse concerning the presentation. Many of the questions touched on issues related to the transgender community, and how transgender policy can be changed in the coming years. In addition, many attendees pondered how LGBTQ+ issues would shape the upcoming presidential elections, and the effects that the U.S. educational standards have on the LGBTQ+ community and the perception of sexuality in society.

Heaven Hunter, November 4, 2015