Official Press Release
UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY TO HOLD 11TH ANNNUAL LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER CONFERENCE
Albany, NY – February 24, 2008 – The Gender and Sexuality Concerns Office for the Student Association of the University at Albany, SUNY is proud to announce the 2008 Northeast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Conference. The event will be held on the Albany campus during the weekend of April 11th-13th, 2008 and will include universities and organizations from across the Northeast region.
Now in its 11th year, the conference will feature speakers and panel events addressing issues of LGBT student/faculty relations, LGBT campus safety concerns, gender neutral facilities, multi-cultural issues, LGBT politics, discrimination, working with the media, campus programming, grassroots organizing, sorority/fraternity issues and student networking. In addition, a full day will focus on transgender inclusion workshops examining the college atmosphere for trans-gender/gender non-conforming students.
Keynote speaker Jessica Pettitt, called “the Margaret Cho of diversity trainers,” will present a featured workshop entitled “Facing Trans: Inclusion, Advocacy and Empowerment.” Other presenters include PFLAG, Lambda Legal, Empire State Pride Agenda, Soulforce, GenderPAC, In Our Own Voices, Windows of Opportunity, Out for Work and many others.
The theme of this year's conference – “Changing Campus Climate” - is inspired by Campus Pride's “Campus Climate Index” and GenderPAC's ”Genius Index” which enable students to learn how LGBT-friendly their schools are before applying or while attending. The mission of the Northeast LGBT Conference is to educate, empower and provide networking for LGBT students, faculty, business and community members, as well as building their commitment to activism, public service and social justice for the LGBT community.
The Gender and Sexuality Concerns Office acts as a liaison between the University at Albany, SUNY and the outside community, bringing in (and out) educational programs about current issues impacting the LGBT community and providing a safe and supportive space for students.