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Louisiana Queer Conference 2015

The 2015 Louisiana Queer Conference was held on March 14 in the Business Education Complex at LSU. Attendance was over 200 students, community members, professors, and activists across Louisiana and neighboring states as we came together to network, discuss, learn, and grow together. Throughout the conference, we reflected on the 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. 

The keynote speaker for LAQC 2015 was Jen Jones of Equality NC. Jen Jones became part of the social justice movement in the South when she joined the staff of Equality NC in 2011 as the organization's first-ever Communications Director. A native of rural eastern North Carolina, Jen played a key role in the campaign against the state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality as the Communications lead for the coalition Protect All NC Families campaign, as well as the mastermind behind RACE TO THE BALLOT, an online and offline voter engagement effort to provide visibility and spur engagement around the harms of Amendment One. Her digital activism has propelled Equality NC to the second most followed state equality group in the country, engaging nearly 200, 000 supporters every week.

Following the conference was Queer Prom, with the theme of "Queerpocalypse."

For a copy of the 2015 program, click here!

Coordinators: Michael Beyer, Tierra Moultrie, Jem Martin