International Resource Network (IRN) News

The IRN continued to make major strides over the last six months by organizing two region-based meetings (Caribbean and Africa), cosponsoring CLAGS-IRN Seminars in the City (see separate article: IRN Presents Seminars in the City in this section ), and making progress on launching a revamped website that will debut our brand new logo!

In June, 2009 Vidyaratha Kissoon, IRN Regional Coordinator (Caribbean), along with Rosamond King and Angelique Dixon organized a five hour long workshop at the Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association in Kingston, Jamaica. The workshop was attended by about 30 participants including Thomas Glave, CLAGS board member. For full account of the workshop please see our online version at www.clags.org.

IRN Africa also organized a major conference attended by Africa scholars and activists in Syracuse, New York. For more details please read “IRN Africa Conference” in this section.

As part of our outreach activities, our regional coordinators spare no effort to spread the word. Jasmin Blessing, Regional Coordinator Latin America, was recently interviewed on a TV show, “La Belleza es Mia” in the Dominican Republic hosted by transsexual celebrity, Mia Cepede. Blessing used her 40 minute interview as an opportunity to explain the goals and objectives of IRN. She nominated Mia as the IRN ambassador of the LGBT community in Latin America and presented her an “ambassadorial” sash, which Mia wore proudly displaying these words to the viewers of this live broadcast to several countries: “International Resource Network Ambassador/A global network of researchers and teachers sharing knowledge about sexualities.”

All of us at the IRN are delighted about the launch of our radically revamped website. The new site will offer features such as the enabling of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, a more user-friendly platform and CMS (Content Management System), and a better integration with social networks including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Also, we have added Russian to the currently available site languages of English, Spanish, French, and Simplified Chinese. We’ll be announcing the relaunch via the CLAGS website and email lists, so stay tuned!

Scholars, students, artists, activists, members of the LGBT community anywhere across the globe—we invite you to join us in our efforts to become a truly effective network and informational resource by visiting our site (www.irnweb.org)