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Lecture: Transgender Activist History: From World War II to the Present

Thursday, April 4, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Transgender Activist History: From World War II to the Present" and will be presented by Diana Lombardi, MSW (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: The workshop will look at transgender activist from World War II until the present. It will cover the history of the movement and notable transgender activists such as Sylvia Rivera, Dallas Denny, Virginia Prince and Christine Jorgensen. In addition, the workshop will look at the Stonewall Uprising from a trans-perspective and will cover legislative victories, defeats and betrayals, both locally and nationally.

Biography: Diana is a graduate from the UConn School of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing. She volunteers as a transgender advocate at the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective, and is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Trans-Advocacy Coalition. She has worked to help pass the gender inclusive Anti-Discrimination law in Connecticut in 2011, and the 2015 legislation that allows Connecticut birth certificates gender markers to be changed without surgery, and the 2017 law banning Conversion therapy for minors. She was also one of the Project Coordinators for the Transgender Regional Area Network Survey (T.R.A.N.S.), a pilot research project that studied the Greater Hartford area’s transgender population for AIDS/HIV, and was funded by Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. She is also a member the LGBT Aging Advocacy, a committee that works with senior centers and non-profit agencies to create an open and affirming aging services environment for LGBT elders in Connecticut. Lastly, she is a member of the State Unit On Aging: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program’s Inclusive Community Workgroup.

Her past works include workshops on cultural competency for homeless shelters with CT Coalition to End Homelessness, CT Fair Housing Center, AIDS CT, and HUD, presentations at the UConn School of Social Work for field instructors and for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Connecticut and Massachusetts chapters conferences, and as aguest lecturer at UConn, Albertus Magnus, and Quinnipiac University. She has also giving speeches for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the City of Norwalk for their Human Rights Day, Western New England University School of Law and the UConn School of Law.

Diana is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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