Pride Month 2023
Happy Pride Month! June is a time for celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) pride. In CLA, we seek to create safe, supportive environments that foster pride, growth, and joy. We are honored to shine a light on the following stories about LGBTQ+ experiences and research.
Alumnus Tony Biel (BIS ‘97) founded Gay For Good, a nationwide volunteer network that mobilizes the LGBTQ+ community to form connections through community service.
Ali Yıldırım, a PhD candidate in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and recipient of a 2022 Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies (RIDGS) Graduate Research Partnering Program (GRPP) Fellowship, uses unique methodologies to study Alevi culture in Turkey.
Meyer Weinshel (PhD '22) reflects on how the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies grapples with the complicated legacy of remembering and memorializing LGBTQIA+ individuals, who for too long remained absent from the collective memory of the Holocaust and other acts of genocide or mass violence.
Our voices are a crucial piece of our identity. When your voice and identity don’t match, it’s difficult to express yourself with confidence. Marilyn Fairchild and Dr. Sheri Stronach work with transgender clients to cultivate a voice that enables them to fully express their identity.
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
The gender, women & sexuality studies department promotes feminist scholarship, teaching, and programming that centers on the relationship between knowledge, power, and social justice. We push against established boundaries while providing a rich and rigorous education that asks students to view the world around them with a curious yet critical lens. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor in GWSS, an undergraduate minor in GLBT studies, a doctoral degree in feminist studies, and a graduate minor in feminist and critical sexuality studies.
The Twin Cities campus is ranked one of the “Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities” in the nation by Campus Pride, earning a score of 4.5 out of 5 for institutional support, housing and residence life, academic life, campus safety, counseling, and recruitment and retention efforts.
Visit the UMN Pride webpage to learn more about the University's commitment to to advocating for equity and fostering a sense of belonging for people of all sexualities and gender identities.