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Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities

 

The Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities Transdisciplinary Core promotes empowerment, inclusion, and equity for LGBTQIA+ people with multiple marginalized identities in Richmond, Virginia. Based on a dual-pronged approach that elucidates experiences and effects of discrimination while also highlighting resilience and resistance, we frame our work according to four “i’s:

  • Injustice: Recognizing the reality of discrimination
  • Involvement: Emphasizing identification with communities and activism
  • Imagination: Underscoring the way LGBTQIA+ people with other marginalized identities help all of us to reimagine ways of creating/enacting relationships, commitments, and families
  • Instigation: Focusing on efforts to bring about social change

Transdisciplinary core team

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    • Liz Canfield, Ph.D.
    • Assistant Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
    • Liz Canfield is an artist, activist, and decolonial scholar who teaches courses that engage the prison system, queer cinema, and queer and feminist theory.

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    • Brooke Taylor
    • Coach for Underserved Populations Learning Collaborative, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
    • Brooke is a tireless advocate for social justice in all forms. They have worked toward equality for marginalized people who experience discrimination, poverty, incarceration, food insecurity, and unemployment for over ten years. Brooke is a licensed minister with the United Church of Christ, a radio show host with Critiques for the Culture an organizer for #Campaign4ComfortRVA and most recently, a 2020 recipient of the VCU Burnside Watstein award.

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    • Jayme Canty, Ph.D.
    • Assistant Professor
    • Jayme Canty serves the Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Her research focuses on the social, economic, and political experiences of Black queer women in the American South and Black South. Her current works focus on the impact of the Christian Black church in the South and its impact on the lives of Black queer women.

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    • Liz Cramer, Ph.D.
    • Professor, School of Social Work
    • Liz Cramer's primary research/scholarship areas are domestic violence, particularly abuse of persons with disabilities, and educational strategies to impact social work students' attitudes toward, knowledge of, and skills with LGBTQ populations.

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    • Lacette Cross
    • Pastor, Restoration Fellowship RVA; Adjunct Faculty, VCU
    • Lacette Cross has been actively involved in the greater Richmond community as a faith leader, youth development professional, community advocate, and speaker. Lacette has participated in conferences, workshops, panels and summits throughout the country on topics of sexuality, LGBTQ inclusion, race, gender, religion and justice.

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    • Luise Farmer
    • Board Member, Diversity Richmond
    • Luise Farmer serves as a member of the board of directors for Diversity Richmond. Better known as "Cheezi," she has been an active member of the Richmond LGBT community for years. Cheezi is very active with Metropolitan Community Church Richmond and serves as the congregation’s vice moderator. She is also a leader in "Women of Essence," an organization dedicated to bringing attention to the impact that breast cancer has on the African American community.

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    • Maurice Gattis, Ph.D.
    • Associate Professor
    • Dr. Gattis has engaged in research regarding health disparities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) populations, homelessness, and adolescent risk behaviors in the United States and Canada.  His primary work focuses on the role of contextual factors on negative psychosocial outcomes. He received his B.A. from Emory University, M.S.S.W. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

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    • Julian Glover, Ph.D.
    • Assistant Professor
    • Julian Kevon Glover is an academic, activist and performer who graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, holds an MPA from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is a Ph.D. Candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University. Currently, he is a faculty member at VCU School of the Arts Department of Dance and Choreography.

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    • Sonali Gulati
    • Professor, Department of Photography and Film
    • Sonali Gulati is a queer filmmaker, a feminist and an activist, who teaches film at VCUarts. She has an M.F.A. in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a B.A. in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College.

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    • Bill Harrison
    • Executive Director, Diversity Richmond
    • As executive director of Diversity Richmond, Central Virginia’s LGBT community center, Harrison has helped the organization award over $1 million to local nonprofits. His previous work experience includes the American Red Cross, Health Brigade (Fan Free Clinic) and the Virginia Department of Health’s HIV program.

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    • Kathy Ingram, J.D., Ph.D.
    • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Chair, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
    • Kathy Ingram’s research focuses on how our connections with others influence our health and well-being. She has co-authored research articles related to heterosexism in the workplace, adjustment among people living with HIV, and counseling psychology journals’ coverage of issues related to sexual minority groups.

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    • Ted Lewis
    • Consultant
    • Ted Lewis has over a decade of experience working with LGBTQ+ youth mainly through working within higher education institutions. They also served as the Special Projects & Outreach Coordinator for Campus Pride, a national organization focused on LGBTQ+ college student leaders.

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    • Zakia McKensey
    • Founder, Nationz Foundation
    • Zakia McKensey has worked tirelessly to advocate for the transgender community and those affected by HIV/AIDS since starting her career with the Fan Free Clinic in 2001. She is now the executive director and founder of Nationz Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides free HIV and Syphilis testing as well as linkage to care services and a food pantry.

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    • Alex Wagaman, Ph.D.
    • Associate Professor, School of Social Work
    • Alex works as a co-researcher with Advocates for Richmond Youth, a research collective engaged in work to end youth housing instability in the Richmond area. Her scholarship focuses on participatory research and social service approaches with young people who are members of populations that face oppression and marginalization, including LGBTQ youth.

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    • Taneasha White
    • Richmond Community Organizer, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
    • Taneasha has worked to educate the community about intersectional issues, such as the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community, as well as leading recovery writing workshops in the Richmond City jail. In addition, she also works within advocacy for reproductive freedom and liberation of marginalized communities.

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