Workshops: Session 2


Photography and Activism: The NOH8 Campaign
Presenter: Adam Bouska
Facilitator: Corrine Mina
624 S. Michigan, Room 602
On November 4, 2008, Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response. The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska ( and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest. Nearly one year since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 2,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. Join Adam Bouska for an exciting discussion on the intersection of art and activism!

Direct Action 101
Presenter: Rae Lymer
Facilitator: Kevin Connaghan
624 S. Michigan, Room 1304
With growing opportunities to build movements, there are many activists needing information on pertinent aspects of direct action. Direct Action 101 is a workshop designed to help beginning and intermediate activists thinking about what direct action is, when it makes sense to do it, and how to do it successfully. We will cover some examples of past direct action events and dive in to find their merits, as well as ways to improve them. This is a hands-on workshop, and we welcome everyone’s thoughts as we discuss fundamentals of building a movement.

DEBATE: Should Activists Focus on Winning Equal Marriage Rights?
Debaters: Andy Thayer and Yasmin Nair
Facilitator: Brent Holman-Gomez
600 S. Michigan, Ferguson Lecture Hall, 1st Floor
With the defeats in California and Maine, some activists are questioning our movement’s focus on winning marriage equality. Debating the issue will be Andy Thayer, an activist who has been working for marriage equality since before the turn of the century. He is a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network and has also spent considerable time on anti-war, police brutality and other LGBTQ issues. On the other side of the debate will be Dr. Yasmin Nair, a queer activist who has focused on immigration and youth issues. She is a frequent contributor to Windy City Times and other queer publications and is a member of GenderJust.

LGBT Rights and Conservatism
Presenter: Michael Carr
Facilitator: MJ Ruebensam
624 S. Michigan, Room 1301
In order to advance liberty and LGBTQ equality, legislation, policy and litigation, bipartisan support for the LGBTQ community must be improved. There is a conservative argument for marriage equality, open service in the military, anti-hate crimes and anti-discrimination laws. Michael Carr, President of Log Cabin Republicans – Illinois will lead a discussion on how to frame the pro-LGBTQ legislative agenda to fit into a conservative legislator’s policy framework. Throughout the session, bipartisan success stories from across the country will be presented and discussed.

Femmetastic: Fierce Femmes Fighting Back
Presenter: Jamie Royce
Facilitator: Rachel Miller
624 S. Michigan, Room 1107
Radical queer femmes are too often treated as counter-revolutionary because of their feminine identity, rendered invisible by their queer community. But the notion of the helpless femme is remiss, and femmes can take to the streets to fight for change just as well as everyone else, looking fierce while doing so. This interactive workshop discusses the double-bind of being a queer femme, how to fight femme oppression that comes from within and outside of the queer community, celebrating femme identities and how to be a femme ally. Femmes and allies of all genders are welcome to attend.

Keystone to Equality Rights through Civil Rights
Presenter: Marc Loveless
Facilitator: Rachael McIntosh
624 S. Michigan, Room 1108
This workshop will put the African American civil rights movements in conversation with the current LGBTQ movement for full federal equality, exploring both the possible parallels as well as the distinctions between the two movements.

A Conversation on Constructively Engaging the Christian Community
Presenters: Pastor Andrew Marin, Pastor Erik Christiansen, Caroline Staerk
Facilitator: Anthony Martinez
624 S. Michigan, Room 1303
Join LGBT Change as we look at the conservative Christian movement and their role within the struggle to gain equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Through question and discussion we will look at the issues dividing these communities and how to engage the far right Christian movement in order to create sustainable change. Topics of discussion will include: a brief history of religious persecution and identifying the causes of reversion; the seven Bible passages used against the LGBTQ community, and defining their interpretation; the damage caused by religious-based bigotry and a discussion of how to diffuse the hate; creating a mutual language and why this is essential to progress; and how to engage and work with Christian Communities of Faith that support LGBTQ rights.

GID Gender Identity Disorder
Presenter: Dove Paige Anthony
Facilitator: Jay W.
624 S. Michigan, Room 1105
Learn what is often referred to as Gender Identity Disorder, or Gender Dysphoria — what it actually is, as opposed to what people think it is. We will discuss current ideas that have caused many to reject the notion of this as a disorder, rather than just a difference. We will also discuss the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) and why GID is currently in it. How do we create awareness and educate people about trans reality, as opposed to the media version? Finally, we will discuss the evolving notion of gender identity and how GID relates to it.

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