Thursday, October 13

03-07 2SLGBTQ+ History and Activism in Oklahoma

Withdrawal: Lindsey B. Churchill


  • James Cooper (Oklahoma City Councilman and Artist in Residence, Oklahoma City University)
  • Alexis McKernan (Women’s Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center, University of Central Oklahoma)
  • Alex Wade (Interim Executive Director of Oklahomans for Equality and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center)

Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Oklahoma South

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee and the AFS Local Planning Committee

Chair: J. David Macey (University of Central Oklahoma)

Forum participants:

Lindsey B Churchill (University of Central Oklahoma)

Arlowe Clementine (Oklahoma State University)

The historian Angie Debo claimed, “the one who can interpret Oklahoma can grasp the meaning of America in the modern world.” The participants in this forum, including educators, activists, and community leaders, will share the rich, diverse, and often neglected history of Oklahoma’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities and will reflect on the challenges and opportunities that 2SLGBTQ+ Oklahomans confront in 2022. Speakers will draw on scholarly research, personal experience, and present-day activism to illustrate the unique aspects of Oklahoma’s 2SLGBTQ+ experience and to contextualize those experiences in relation to national and global trends in 2SLGBTQ+ activism and empowerment. This session will be followed by a decompression session in the same room, 4:00-5:00.