Help needed for Ithaca-based Queer Conference

To the Ithaca community,

We are a committee of Cornell students interested in planning an Ithaca-based regional queer conference for the next academic year. We are making an open call for anyone in the larger Ithaca community to become involved with the planning and implementation of this conference. There are many ways you can get involved! If you’re interested, please fill out this survey (http://goo.gl/uIykV9) by March 30th at 11:59pm (if this message reaches you after that date, please fill it out anyways! We want to hear from you!). After we receive responses, we will schedule an open planning meeting during the second weekend of April. The easiest way to help, however, is to forward this message along. We hope you can help us spread the word that way!

The conference is expected to be hosted at the Cornell campus and run from a chosen Friday night until the following Sunday evening. It will include activists, speakers and performers from the local, regional and larger communities, and it will be open to all, regardless of sex, gender, sexuality, age, class, (dis)ability status, citizenship or any other aspect. Some of the goals of the conference are:

– To include, welcome and represent all forms of queerness. By queerness we understand all kinds of divergences from norms around sex, gender, sexuality, intimacy, pleasure, love, relationships, family and kinship.

– To create a safe space for queer people in the area to meet each other and share their knowledge and experiences.

– To address intersecting and hierarchical forms of oppression as they play out within and without the queer community.

– To create an environment conducive to critical examination of ourselves, our communities and the larger society.

Once again, please let us know if you would like to be involved. This is an intersectional and inclusive conference, and we think it is necessary to represent as many diverse backgrounds and perspectives as possible, so we can together create a safe and long-awaited space in our region that caters to the needs of the queer community at large.

For any questions, e-mail ithacaqueer@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Bailey Dineen
Betrearon Getachew Tezera
Justin Kondrat
Nathan Gelb-Dyller
Sam Naimi
Stephanie Hobbs
Xiana García Freire

Lesbians Who Tech Summit in SF

Castro Theater and Castro Street at dusk. San Francisco, California, USAFEB. 27 – MAR. 2 // CASTRO STREET THEATER // SAN FRANCISCO

Lesbians Who Tech Summit

This is one of those moments when I wish Ithaca was on the west coast.

EDIT: There are $40 video tickets! “We’re going to be showing the entire Summit online a few short weeks after the Summit, on a password protected site. Your admission includes one pass to the online version of the Summit. It will feel like you were actually there!”

Also, this Social Good Pitches panel on Friday, February 28 at 11:30am sounds amazing:

Five Social Good Organizations share how they’re using to technology to change the world for women, the LGBT community & people of color. Moderator: Courtney Cuff, CEO, Gill Foundation

  • AllOut, Andre Banks, Executive Director
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, J Bob Alotta, Executive Director
  • CODE2040, Laura Weidman Powers, Executive Director
  • Chicana Latina Foundation, Olga Talamante, Executive Director
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights, Kate Kendell, Executive Director


Conference: “A Politics of Disability, Animal Liberation, and Queering”

dis-abled dog running with the help of wheels

Dear vegans of today: Thank you for being awesome. This is so incredibly far beyond anything that was happening when I was an 18-year-old baby vegan. How far we’ve all come!

1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-ability”
Binghamton University, New York
April 27 and 28, 2013

A Politics of Disability, Animal Liberation, and Queering

The 1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-ability” will be hosted at Binghamton University April 27th & 28th, 2013. The conference will be organized and moderated by Anthony Nocella II and JL Schatz. The goal of this conference is to lay the groundwork for an edited book that’s part of the Critical Animal Studies series published by Lexington Books.

Sponsors include Binghamton University English Department, Binghamton University, Institute for Critical Animal Studies, and Students for Critical Animal Studies.

More info / RSVP on Facebook.

What do you have to say about the intersection of identity politics and speciesism?

dog-with-disabilityJust in from the Eco-ability Collective about a conference coming up on April 27th & 28th, 2013:

There’s a week and a half left to submit abstracts for the 1st annual Eco-Ability conference held at Binghamton University, which is set to explore the intersection of identity politics and speciesism. For more information check out our website at ecoability.wordpress.com

This sounds like an awesome event! The theme will be “A Politics of Disability, Animal Liberation, and Queering.” Proposals are due March 23, 2013.

The conference will help to lay the groundwork for a book that will be part of Lexington Books’ Critical Animal Studies series. Follow Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation: The Rise of Eco-Ability on Facebook.