"We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” — Audre Lorde
This Women in Urbanism event is centered on Pride - a celebration that commemorates the gay and gender non-conforming people who fought back against the police who came to arrest them—their existence was criminal.
Queer history is one of identifying, reveling in and fighting for the right to exist as different from a socially constructed norm. Queer Perspectives in Planning brings together queer-identified planners to share their experiences living outside these “norms” and how this experience shaped their career path, the projects they work on and the changes they strive for in the field.
How race, class, gender and sexual orientation make each panelist and the communities they love and support more at risk of suicide, criminalization, and/or job discrimination, and how that reality contributes to their work and ambitions.
Until this month’s Supreme Court ruling, ambiguity around the definition of “sex” discrimination under Title VII of the constitution left many LGBTQ vulnerable to being fired if they were “out” - panelists will discuss how and if this lack of protection has played a role in where they choose to live and work.
How queer history(ies) shaped their perspective on community building and planning.