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Karama Blackhorn will discuss “Out of the Closets, Into the Streets! Queer Activism and Coming Out 50 Years Later.”
The development of queer activism following Stonewall has been incredibly diverse, but much of the larger narrative that has stuck around is to be proud and out. We teach our new community members how to build a new home, a new family, a new language. This has made queer life and celebration more visible. Every corporation and brand has rainbow specials and queer icons pitching their products. We have gone in many ways from rioters to consumers of our experience. This whole time continuously being reminded that to be queer is to to be out and proud. This talk will explore this history, closet,and  how we have co-existed with it, shaped it and how our approach to coming out has not worked for all of us. We’ll begin to work on ways to heal and transform our understanding and responsibilities of what it means to be out and proud for the next 50 years.

Karama Blackhorn (Rogue River Shasta) is a Two-Spirit organizer and educator. An equity and diversity professional supporting the empowerment of people of color, queer,trans, and indigenous peoples in higher education. Blackhorn has been a lead organizer for statewide projects including Washington state’s Queer I Am Leadership Conference. Blackhorn holds a Bachelors in Critical Race and Gender Studies, and Masters of Public Administration in Tribal Governance from Evergreen State College. Raised in Medicine Creek Treaty Territories, but now calls Long Beach in the Tongva Basin home with brilliant and beautiful partner Jessenia and their loving plants, books, and art projects keeping them company.

Building 8, Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus 


LGBTQIA Week is a programming series of educational events and activities exploring LGBTQIA identity and social justice issues; in addition, celebrates and remembers the history of the gay rights movement and is held in October to recognize National Coming Out Day.

Center for Cultural & Inclusive Excellence and LGBTQIA Task Force sponsor LGBTQIA Week events.

These events are FREE and open to the community. We look forward to seeing you!

View the full LGBTQIA Week event schedule.