February 5, 2001
LGBT votes to fund conference,
By Eric Rangus
The Presidents Commission on LGBT Concerns held its first meeting of 2001 at the home of member David McClurkin. The casual atmosphere, however, did not detract from a full agenda.
To lead off, commission members provided updates on the essay contestprizes
will be awarded at the Pride Banquet in Marchand the effort to update
the wording of Emorys discrimination policy (using the terms sexual
orientation as opposed to the occasionally seen sexual preference)
and its varied department catalogs and brochures.
The Pride Banquet is set for March 2 from 68 p.m. in the Carlos
Museum reception hall. Alternative folk musician Angela Motter will speak
and provide entertainment. For the first time an entry fee will be charged:
$5 for students and $10 for faculty/staff. Proceeds will go toward LGBT
programming on campus.
Chair Jennifer Gossett announced that Emory will not be participating
in the Campus Climate Diversity Survey. The first surveys had been completed
in November and December. The chairs of the presidents commissions
are working with University representatives to create a new internal survey.
The commission unanimously voted to provide funding for an event to be
held on campus, Oct. 1921, called Return to Queer Iberia.
The title of the upcoming conference refers to a book, Queer Iberia: Sexualities,
Cultures and Crossings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, that contains
essays outlining the sexual diversity of the Iberian peninsula (modern-day
Spain and Portugal) between the 10th and 16th centuries.
Emory professors Mark Jordan (religion) and Michael Solomon (Spanish)
wrote articles contained in the 1999 book, and conference organizers hope
to convene several of the books contributors on the Emory campus
for further discussion on the subject.
This seems like a very appropriate use of funds, Gossett
The commission also agreed unanimously to fund the eighth annual LGBT
film festival. Filmmaker Barbara Hammer will attend the festival and hold
a colloquium, March 5.
The commission is split on the subject of its meeting time. At the start
of the academic year, the meeting time was changed to 57 p.m. once
a month. The original time was 46 p.m. Each time proved difficult
for some commission members, and Gossett said the best way to resolve
the issue is by majority vote over e-mail.
In closing, the commission outlined its open officer and representative
positions, the most vital of which is chair-elect. This is a continuing
issue, and possible nominees for all positions will be investigated.
The next LGBT meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, in 400 Administration.
The time is to be
If you have a question or comment about the LGBT Commission, send e-mail to Gossett at email@example.com