Relatively Speaking Conference

ThEf emerging dynamics between nontraditional relationships and traditional family structures were explored this May at Relatively Speaking: A Conference on Lesbian, Cay, Bisexuat and Transgender Families. The two-day conference was co-sponsored by CLAGS in association with New York University’s Humanities Council. The conference was organized by Renate Reinmann (CUNY) and Mary Bernstein (NYU). “Relatively Speaking was the first major public forum in which family issues were discussed proactively by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities along with scholars and activists,” remarked CLAGS Executive Director Jill Dolan. “Given recent legislative initiatives and cultural debates, this conference will move the conversation in informed, progressive directions.” More than one hundred panelists discussed such topics as motherhood, spirituality, legal changes, domestic violence, youth issues, economic relationships, and spirituality. Participants included some of the leading experts on queer families in the United States, including M.V. Lee Badgett, John D’Emilio, Lisa Duggan, Paula Ettlelbrick, Elias Farajaje’-Jones, Thomas Allen Harris, and Evan Wolfson, among others.