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Conference Date: October 1-2, 2016 | Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • Lisa Duggan (New York University)
  • Mignon Moore (Barnard College)
  • Sean Strub (The Sero Project; Founder, POZ Magazine)
  • and others to be announced soon!

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the civil right to marry. After the ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the internet. But in addition to the celebration, we also began to hear more about what activists and academics have been saying for decades—that LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage.

The marriage equality campaign has been criticized for limiting LGBTQ political mobilization within a narrow “homonormative” framework, making invisible all of the many pressing issues that impact diverse LGBTQ-identified individuals. Since the ruling, donations to some LGBTQ organizations have declined, and longstanding organizations have shut down.

There is an urgent need for a major public conversation about this turning point in LGBTQ politics. This conference will convene such a conversation, raising the profile of the countless similar conversations already unfolding among activists, funders, and academics in order to explore possible agendas for LGBTQ politics and scholarship after marriage.

The two-day conference will feature plenary roundtable conversations among both established and rising figures in LGBTQ politics and scholarship. The conference will also feature break-out sessions for which we are currently accepting proposals. We invite proposals for traditional academic presentations, less formal roundtable contributions, as well as wholly constituted panels, roundtables, and workshops.

We especially encourage submissions that grapple with the future of LGBTQ scholarship and/or politics from intersectional and critical perspectives. We ask all submissions to respond in some way to the specificity of this moment: How does the arrival of legal marriage equality reshape—or not—the issue you propose to discuss?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Queer Kinship
  • Queer Parenting
  • Queer Communities
  • Healthcare
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Policing and Incarceration
  • Violence
  • Polyamory
  • Trans* Justice
  • Socioeconomic Class and Queer Issues
  • Queer People of Color
  • Funding LGBTQ Work
  • LGBTQ Politics outside the U.S.
  • Societies without Legal Marriage Rights
  • Local vs. National Political Strategies
  • Lessons Learned from Marriage Campaign


For more information about this past conference.