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Women's and Gender Studies Hosts Ninth Annual Gender and Gender Identity Colloquium

Hope Lenamon

October 9, 2017


Denise Brogan-Kator, director of state policy for the Family Equality Council, will serve as keynote speaker.

The Texas Tech University Women's & Gender Studies program will host its annual Gender and Gender Identity Colloquium on Friday (Oct. 13). Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building.

Denise Brogan-Kator
Denise Brogan-Kator

This year's keynote speaker, Denise Brogan-Kator, director of state policy for the Family Equality Council, will speak at 1 p.m.

Since its inception in 2009, the colloquium has served as a forum where speakers, discussants, presenters, panelists and the general audience can engage in exchanges centering on gender and gender identity in terms of empowerment and commitment to social justice.

Brogan-Kator is responsible for supporting efforts to advance equality for all families at the state level. A United States Naval submarine service veteran, Brogan-Kator graduated from the University of Michigan Law School as the first openly transgender law student, later returning as the first openly transgender law professor. She earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Brogan-Kator has more than 20 years of experience in public and private advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQIA community and formerly served as executive director of a statewide LGBTQIA advocacy organization.

The colloquium program schedule is:

  • Session I: 9-9:50 a.m., "True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century;" "" You're gay? But you're trans!': An investigation into the biopsychosocial influences on the transitioning sexualities of transgender men;" and  "LGBTQIA Inclusion in Academia at Texas Tech University"
  • Session II: 10-10:50 a.m., "Women and Power in Therapy" and  "He Put Me Through Hell, I Still called It Love: The Voices in Intimate Partner Violence"
  • Session III: 11-11:50 a.m., "Addressing Health and Medical Education Disparities for LGBTQIA and Gender Nonconforming Individuals"
  • Session IV: Noon-12:50 p.m., Lunch: $10 box lunch available; "Spinoza On Pregnancy and Gender Inequality;" "Impact of Climate change on Nutritional Status in Bangladesh: Does Gender Matter?;" "Big Bad Blind Spots: Standpoint Epistemology on Privilege"
  • Keynote Presentation: 1-2 p.m., Denise Brogan-Kator

The event is free and open to the public. Proof of attendance is provided to those students attending the colloquium for course credit. Off-campus visitors can enter through the main campus entrance at University Avenue and Broadway and ask for directions and visitor parking location instructions at the traffic kiosk station.

To register and view a detailed schedule, visit the event's website.

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