Once known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda gained international notoriety in 2009 when its Parliament took up a “kill the gays” bill. Homophobia there is not just violent; it now is institutionalized. What caused this harsh attack on a relatively small minority in Uganda? And what are activists doing to defend or liberate the LGBT community in the face of overwhelming odds? Clare Byarugaba, our 2014 Oak Fellow, will address these questions.
Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman make up this heralded slam poetry duo. They use spoken word to tell deeply personal stories about race, gender and sexuality, about being an “other.” Their work focuses on Latin@, black, and multicultural identities, homophobia, surviving sexual assault, reclaiming women’s bodies, immigration, language, educational inequalities, coming of age, and more. They write their “otherness” into the center and encourage others, particularly those in marginalized communities, to do the same. Please RSVP to Dianne Labreck at firstname.lastname@example.org for the workshop, as space is limited.