Spring 2021 Events

Queer Then and Now: Kesslers on Queer Studies & Activism

Thursday February 18th – 6:00-7:30pm 

Join us for a conversation with Amber Hollibaugh, Dean Spade, and Urvashi Vaid on the histories and current state of queer/trans activism in and outside New York City. We’ll explore intersections of activism and queer/trans scholarship and CLAGS, and the pressing issues facing us today and into the future. Moderated by CLAGS Board member, Shanté Paradigm Smalls. Sponsored by CLAGS and co-sponsored by The Feminist Futures initiative at UC Santa Barbara.


Being Queer in Nepal: Changing Perspectives 

March 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. 

What does it mean to be queer in Southasia? After making historic legal gains, what does the LGBTIQ movement in Nepal look like two decades later? How has the Blue Diamond Society, the pioneering LGBTIQ organization, engaged with and accommodated a new generation of activists? Join us for a conversation between Niranjan Kunwar, author of Nepal’s first queer memoir, Between Queens and the Cities, and Dr. Debanuj Dasgupta, Assistant Professor at the University of California.  The event is hosted by the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), based at Lund University, and co-sponsored by CLAGS.




Coronavirus Vaccine Reluctance in Black and Latinx Communities in NYC The Remix!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 | 4 – 6:00pm

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the BCC Social Justice Network, Womxn Up! & CUNY CLAGS invites you to our 2nd Community Conversation



Queer Then and Now: Kesslers on Queer Studies & Activism – Roundtable 2

Thursday March 25th – 6:00pm-7:30pm

Join us for a conversation with Roderick Ferguson, Jasbir Puar, and Susan Stryker on the histories and current state of queer/trans scholarship and activist-scholarship. We’ll explore genealogies of and debates within queer and trans studies from 2000 to today, the intersections of scholarship and activism and CLAGS, and new directions in queer and trans studies now and for the future. Moderated by CLAGS Board member, Shaka McGlotten.

Sponsored by CLAGS and co-sponsored by The Feminist Futures initiative at UC Santa Barbara.



Black Feminist Film & Margo Okazawa-Rey

Thursday, 25 March, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

BLACK FEMINIST is a lively and illuminating documentary that explores the double-edged sword of racial and gender oppression that Black Women face in America. Join us after the film for a discussion with Margo Okazawa-Rey, an activist and educator working on issues of militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women examined intersectionally.  Co-Sponsored by the Student Union and Intercultural Center and the Women and Gender Studies Program at KCC.




From Newsletter to Scholarly Record: Unveiling the CLAGSNews Digital Archive

Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join members of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies and the Mina Rees Library for an unveiling of 35 years of scholarship now publicly accessible, downloadable, and shareable across the world, in the CUNY Academic Works repository. The digital CLAGS Archive illustrates the impact of queer scholarship from the oldest LGBTQ Research Center in the United States, as well as its ongoing alliance with a university library.

Hosted by Shawn(ta) Smith Cruz (NYU), this event will feature remarks by Justin Brown (CLAGS Executive Director), Sarah Chinn (Hunter College), and Graduate Center librarians Jill Cirasella, Kate Angell, and Elvis Bakaitis. Coordinated by the Mina Rees Library and co-sponsored by CLAGS. 



Black Lesbian Futures

Wed, April 7, 2021 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Join us to celebrate the publication of Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought (The New Press, 2021) edited by Briona Simone Jones. African American lesbian writers and theorists have made extraordinary contributions to feminist theory, activism, and writing. Mouths of Rain, the companion anthology to Beverly Guy-Sheftall’s classic Words of Fire, traces the long history of intellectual thought produced by Black Lesbian writers, spanning the nineteenth century through the twenty-first century.

Featuring: Cheryl Clarke, Briona Simone Jones, Jewelle Gomez, Susana Morris, Sharon Bridgforth, Lisa C. Moore, Cassandra Grant, Shawn(ta) and Smith-Cruz.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Sinister Wisdom Journal, CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, CUNY, Black Women Radicals, and NYU Libraries.

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Trans CUNY Student Town Hall

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00 pm EDT

Town Hall for CUNY Trans Students and Allies to discuss experiences, issues, and rights with NYC Commission on Human Rights.

The NYC Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and Nicholas Cevoli, Brooklyn College LGBTQ Community Intern are pleased to co-host the Trans CUNY Student Town Hall. It will be a discussion of student experiences, human rights law, and next steps for CUNY accountability to comply with NYC laws. 

The event is co-sponsored by National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) and the Center for LGTBQ Studies (CLAGS).

Register via Eventbrite here