The groups below are supporting this conference through assisting our publicity efforts. Interested in becoming a partner? Email lenachen[at]fas.harvard.edu.
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) started the Campus Program to inform young feminists about the very real threats to abortion access, women’s rights, affirmative action, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights posed by right-wing extremists. FMF works with students on college campuses to effect change at the grassroots, national, and global levels. The Campus Program is built upon FMF’s philosophy that the most effective activism is informed activism, or study to action. Our program provides progressive students with opportunities to learn about timely feminist issues, develop their leadership and organizing skills, and connect with the larger pro-choice and feminist movements. Campus Program Resources
Bitch Media is a Portland-based multimedia organization whose mission is to provide and encourage an empowered, feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. Bitch’s most well-known program is the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, which was founded in 1996 as a 16-page hand-folded ‘zine distributed to 300 people. Bitch has since grown to an 80-page internationally distributed quarterly magazine with a readership of 50,000—including more than 11,000 subscribers—and multimedia counterparts that build community by encouraging reader-generated feminist dialogue and media criticism.
The ACLU of Massachusetts is the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union — an organization devoted to the defense of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and the promotion of civil liberties and civil rights. Our work includes racial justice, juvenile justice, LGBT rights (including equal marriage), women’s rights, criminal justice issues, equal opportunity, free speech & assembly, privacy rights, religious liberty, students’ rights, voting rights, and reproductive rights.
Each year, ACLU of Massachusetts lawyers provide representation in approximately 70 cases in the courts. In addition, we lobby for and against hundreds of bills filed in the state legislature that would have either a positive or negative impact of civil liberties in the Commonwealth. Our public education and organizing work mobilizes activists and students to fight for the rights and protections that are the hallmarks of our constitutional system.
Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population for nearly forty years. The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the physical and mental health of our community, which includes those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and the people who live and work in our neighborhood. We provide high quality, comprehensive health care in a welcoming environment. We seek to improve the overall health of the larger community, locally and nationally, through education, advocacy and research. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway Health is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. All physicians hold faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.
Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization dedicated to creating and sustaining a truly diverse social space for LGBTQ women of color in the Greater Boston area. We’re known mainly for our quarterly social networking events, and most recently, QWOC WEEK, a week-long multicultural pride festival featuring a variety of events and activities intended to increase visibility of LGBTQ people of color and spread awareness of issues pertaining to other marginilized cultural groups within the mainstream queer community.
Our events draw out members of ALL ages, ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations and even tax brackets – an achievement we’re very proud of and determined to sustain. We believe that integrating our social networks will spawn the inter-personal connections capable of catalyzing the coming together of queer people across many social justice issues, and that subsequently, we’ll be able to create a more tolerant society.
The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people. The BRC uses bisexual as an umbrella term for people who recognize and honor their potential for sexual and emotional attraction to more than one gender (pansexual, fluid, omnisexual, queer, and all other free-identifiers). We celebrate and affirm the diversity of identity and expression regardless of labels.
The Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS) is a student group at Harvard University that strives to be a voice for women undergraduates and feminists of every gender. We are focused on women’s issues on campus, and we seek to strengthen women’s community and to improve the experiences of women undergraduates at Harvard. RUS exists at the forefront of an array of student groups concerned with the wellbeing of women, operating as both as the predominant representative of women undergraduate voices and as a leader in feminist activism on campus.
The Harvard College Trans Task Force is a group concerned with trans education and advocacy at Harvard. We work to make Harvard a safer, more educated, inviting and aware campus where trans students, faculty and staff feel welcome and protected.
We believe that Harvard should change its non-discrimination code to protect students, staff and faculty from discrimination on the basis of “gender identity and expression.”
We believe that Harvard should honor people’s self-articulated gender identity with regard to housing, employment, bathroom use, locker room use, admissions, and health care.
We believe in the dream of a campus that allows for people to safely and securely visibly and vocally articulate their identities as trans, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender questioning, or any other articulation of identity. We also believe that Harvard should respect staff, faculty, students, applicants, and alumni’s privacy with respect to their gender identity and expression.
The Harvard College Students for Choice is concerned with the social, political, legal, and cultural issues surrounding reproductive rights and abortion. The group will seek to promote greater awareness and understanding of these issues in the Harvard community by means such as publications, meetings, seminars, and debates. While the group will provide access to activist opportunities, its primary concern is education.