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UCR to Host LGBTQIA Conference


UCR to Host 2007 Western Regional LGBTQIA Conference

Confab slated for February 16 - 18

(October 16, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — (www.ucr.edu) -- UC Riverside has been selected to host the 17th Western Regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Allies (LGBTQIA) College Conference Feb. 16-18, 2007.

The theme of the conference will be “Out of the Rainbow & Into the Streets” and will explore the metaphor of the rainbow as the symbol of the homogeneity of LGBTQIA community, which many feel has often excluded and misrepresented various constituencies. It will also examine the kinds of actions that should be taken to help eliminate stereotyping and gain equal access under the law.

A preliminary list of speakers includes: Staceyann Chin, writer, performer and political activist; Dragonsani Renteria, founder of the National Deaf Queer Resource Center; and Cherrie Moraga, poet, playwright and essayist.

“We are very happy to be hosting the conference at UC Riverside,” said Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of UCR’s LGBT Resource Center. “We hope those attending the conference will leave here with information that will assist them in creating safe, healthy and inclusive environments in their communities.”

For more information please contact the LGBT Resource Center at (951) 827 — 2267 or http://out.ucr.edu/ To submit a program proposal, please go to www.comeoutwest.org

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