Pride Month Q&A: Kevin Nadal

Associate Professor Kevin Nadal (GC/John Jay, Psychology), executive director of the GC’s CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, is a leading scholar on how microaggressions (subtle forms of discrimination) affect the mental health of people of color, women, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) individuals.    

He recently spoke about the importance of CLAGS — the first university-based LGBTQ research center in the United States — and Pride Month itself, which will draw a high-profile guest to the GC later this month.

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GC: Could you discuss the importance of Pride month to the GC and the wider community?

Kevin NadalNadal: Pride month is important for LGBTQ people all over the world, as it gives people the opportunity to proudly proclaim their identities in a world that often tells them they should be invisible. As the Graduate Center is part of the largest public university system in the world, is important to recognize that many students who identify as LGBTQ during this month and throughout the year.

Specific to New York City, the Graduate Center has been at the forefront of promoting LGBTQ studies. The Pride parade, which is the largest in the world, passes by the GC on Fifth Avenue.

How has the GC been a leader in LGBTQ studies?

CLAGS is the oldest university-based LGBTQ research center in the country. Being housed at that GC for the past 25 years, it has been one of the leading voices for LGBTQ studies: hosting conferences, workshops, speakers, scholarships, fellowships, and giving voice to many of the most prominent LGBTQ scholars in the world.

While the Graduate Center has always been at the forefront of social justice, there have been many strides towards promoting LGBTQ identity and experiences in recent years, from the increase of LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum to the GC’s first gender-neutral restroom.

What is CLAGS planning for Pride month?

CLAGS celebrates Pride all month, but especially with our second annual Jose Munoz Award event, scheduled for June 21 here at the GC. This year, we are honoring Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist.

Learn more about CLAGS.


Submitted on: JUN 8, 2016

Category: Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) | Diversity | General GC News