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Lecture: Why We're Fighting for Sports

Thursday, September 30, 2021
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. Today's lecture is entitled, "Why We’re Fighting for Sports" and will be presented by Katie Barnes (they/them/theirs). Synopsis: The 2021 legislative session saw more bills filed that target the transgender community than ever before, and in many states, sports drove that conversation. This presentation will delve into this specific issue, pulling back the layers of what the legislation actually says, who it affects, and why it matters for athletes and non-athletes alike. Biography: Katie Barnes (they/them/theirs) is a feature writer at ESPN, covering culture, LGBTQ issues, racial justice, women’s basketball, collegiate softball and women’s combat sports. Their articles on high school transgender athletes have earned them two GLAAD Award nominations. They were also a producer on the 30 for 30 short Mack Wrestles. Barnes holds a B.A. in History, Russian Studies and American Studies from St. Olaf College, and an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Miami University (OH). They were the 2017 NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Journalist of the year. The lectures are open to all to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

This is an Honors Event. Categories: Multiculturalism & Global Citizenship OR Social Change, Service, & Sustainability.

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Contact:

Rainbow Center, rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

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