Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee, the AFS Local Planning Committee
Chair: J. David Macey (University of Central Oklahoma)
Lindsey B Churchill (University of Central Oklahoma)
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.