April 12, 2021
The new audio documentary Transcripts: "The South Deserves People Like Me" follows Black and multi-racial transgender Southerners as they fight to build home and community below the Mason-Dixon line. Come hear an excerpt of the show, plus a moderated panel discussion with 4 visionary trans activists on Tuesday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m.
March 10, 2021
March 10, 2021
Join us on Monday, March 15, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. for a discussion hosted by Legacy Russell about the ways in which artists engaging the digital are building new models for what monuments can be in a networked era of mechanical reproduction. After Legacy's talk, Dr. madison moore will facilitate a critical listening session followed by a conversation and Q&A session with Legacy.
November 24, 2020
The book, co-edited by GSWS professor, Dr. Kim Case, aims to help teachers better handle challenging topics. “We are going to make mistakes” in being effective allies, Dr. Case said. “But we must take the leap.”
October 15, 2020
In recognition of LGBTQ+ History month this October, Sianna Westley, a junior in VCUarts' Communication Arts major and student worker for the Department of History, chatted with Aiden Ball, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS) major and History minor, Class of 2019.
October 14, 2020
The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and OPULENCE present: DISCOURSE x SOUND, an online lecture series highlighting contemporary DJs alongside new, cutting-edge research on gender, queerness, and Black/brown livelihoods.
September 18, 2020
Ten years after publishing Writing the Black Revolutionary Diva: Women's Subjectivity and the Decolonizing Text, Dr. Kimberly N. Brown revisited this text which she describes as a celebration of Black agency. This book project investigates how African American female writers use their creative works to push for the decolonization of their Black readership.
August 14, 2020
The Department of GSWS has written a collective statement of resistance and accountability that was completed during the summer of 2020.
July 8, 2020
The podcast from the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota is co-hosted by VCU professor Myrl Beam and Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins.
June 29, 2020
Daisy Matias, a recent GSWS grad, was accepted into the Summer Workshop at the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) at Philips Andover. Dr. madison moore, GSWS professor and IRT alum, lobbied for Daisy to be accepted into this fellowship program for underrepresented minority students looking to become educators.
June 1, 2020
"Though anti-racism practice is a key part of our department’s mission of social transformation, I can support our efforts to do more — to condemn police brutality, to examine and counteract our own complicity with larger systems of institutionalized oppression, and to lift up, support, and join the anti-racism work in which many members of the GSWS community already are engaged." - Kathy Ingram, GSWS Chair
April 14, 2020
Iresha Picot (BA African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies '07/H&S) M.Ed, LBS is a licensed behavior specialist and the Clinical Lead at The Center for Autism in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has built an incredible start to her early career—not only as a behavioral support resource for families with autistic children but also as an experienced educator, birth advocate, and published author.
March 23, 2020
A statement from the faculty and staff of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies to our students and academic community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 2, 2020
Angel Flowers, a community builder, DJ, and junior in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, has dedicated her curriculum to blending her love for creativity and performance with her innate passion for public health, policymaking, and providing resources for the most vulnerable.
February 13, 2020
Corrina Beall (c/o 2011) currently serves as the Legislative and Political Director of the Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter. We got a chance to catch up with Corrina, who recently was featured in the Richmond-coveted list Style Weekly’s Top 40 under 40, to chat about local politics, the changing perspectives on the floor, and the role students can play in fighting for environmental justice in Richmond.
February 10, 2020
Devin Manning, a black, queer + nonbinary, and disabled junior, has a passion for providing representation for their experience. They hope their double major in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and English will aid them in becoming a human-advocacy writer on topics of feminism, disability rights, queer rights, and mental health issues beyond depression/anxiety.
January 24, 2020
This special lecture on the meaning and value of pleasure, queer nightlife and fabulous dance floors that will be held at the Institute for Contemporary Arts has been postponed tentatively for Fall 2020.
January 17, 2020
Dr. bee Coston, VCU MSW grad CC Calin, and community advocate and Southerners on New Ground Communications Associate, Micky Jordan, contributed a chapter to Queering Public Health and Public Policy in the Deep South an anthology that gives local context to the historical reality of the decentering of Black folks and POC in "pride" movements.
November 22, 2019
At the annual conference of the American Studies Association, Dr. Eli Coston's presentation described the challenge of engaging in those conversations while simultaneously creating novel ways for those who were formally excluded to continue participating in drawing from examples of the coalitions' work.
October 7, 2019
“I believe in theory and practice. As an artist scholar, I’m not interested in being removed from my object of study. You can’t believably write about nightlife and be completely removed from it. For me, the real juice is when you know not only the history, theory, and legacy of your object of study but when you can practice it, too.”
August 19, 2019
The research paper Thea Cheuk wrote last spring on the DC Comics character Dick Grayson did more than combine Cheuk’s interests in graphic arts and gender studies, it also led to a coveted internship at one of the comic industry’s largest publishers.
April 8, 2019
The new LGBT+ and queer studies minor will provide students with rigorous and broad training in the field.
April 5, 2019
As oral historian in residence, Beam will work on a grant-funded project designed to document local and national histories of community organizing, policy development and political activism for transgender rights.
September 10, 2018
Before a crowd of more than 350 students, faculty, staff and Richmond community members, Virginia Commonwealth University celebrated the depth and breadth of research in LGBTQ studies that is being conducted across the university.
August 22, 2018
In “Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics,” Beam relies on oral histories, archival research and his own activist work to explore how LGBT nonprofits in Minneapolis and Chicago are grappling with the contradictions between radical queer social movements and their institutionalized iterations.
June 13, 2018
When Iris Harrell’s parents got divorced during her junior year at what is now the University of Mary Washington, her college education was left in jeopardy. She didn’t have enough money to supplement the scholarships that had allowed her to be the first member of her North Carolina farming family to attend college.
August 18, 2017
We return to campus this year anguished but resolute, determined to resist the violence and visceral hate confronting us and our students. Though there are so many events, unfortunately, that we could write about, we feel compelled to speak out in the aftermath of the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville. As faculty and staff of one of the state universities in Virginia, located in the former capital of the confederacy, and in a city with its own shameful and brutal history of enslavement, we must speak out and condemn in the strongest terms the white supremacist attacks, as well as revisionist histories and false equivalencies between white supremacy and anti-racist activism that continue to circulate.