The 5th Annual Louisiana Queer
Conference will be held at
Louisiana State University on
March 14, 2015.
The Louisiana Queer Conference provides leadership development, networking opportunities, and social support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students and their allies in Louisiana. The conference provides an annual venue for individuals to discuss ideas and collaborate on projects, while building a statewide network to advance the LGBTQ movement.
Throughout the conference, we will reflect on this year's theme, "Bold Not Broken: Queer Resilience in the South," which centers the work of queer Southern activists that have lived, worked, and built lives here for decades in the face of a growing national narrative--that the South has been an "impossible" place to organize and is now the new frontier for LGBTQ activism.
We picked this theme because we are bold for living authentically as ourselves in the South, an area of the country where we can get fired from our jobs for being who we are. Our region of the country is significantly poorer than the rest of the nation and discrimination has made a pathway to poverty even more likely for our community. Despite these facts, discrimination has not broken our community but made us resilient and creative in our activism to fight for who we are.
Our region is not a new frontier for LGBTQ rights but a region with many challenges that remain. We hope that you will join us at the 5th Annual Louisiana Queer Conference on March 14th at LSU in order to discuss LGBTQ rights in the South and how our community can move forward.