GLBTQ Research Showcase Highlights Critical Research Across Campuses

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office kicked off its 20th anniversary at the University of Minnesota through a GLBTQ Research Showcase. The showcase took place on February 18 and featured GLBTQ and gender research across discliplines, from academics to the arts.


Jason Jackson“This is one of the first broad LGBT research showcases with the program, but the highlight is that we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our office, which in itself is pretty rare,” said Jason Jackson, GLBTA Programs Office assistant director.


The event’s keynote speaker was the office’s founder, Beth Zemsky, who talked about the challenges of starting a GLBTA Programs Office on campus two decades ago.


Hosted by the Steven J. Schochet Endowment, the showcase also included a panel discussion led by researchers and artists who discussed how GLBTQ research has impacted the GLBTQ struggle, and talked about what lies ahead.



The panel discussion included:

  • Moderator Myrl Beam, Ph.D. student in American Studies at the U of M
  • Lisa Vecoli, curator of the Tretter Collection, an LGBT archive at Anderson Library
  • e. shor, recent graduate of the School of Public Health
  • Susan Raffo, PFund Foundation Executive Director and University alum
  • JB Mayo, Jr., assistant professor of Social Studies Education at the U of M


Attendees also enjoyed a dance performance by two undergraduate students, Orlando Hunter Jr. and Davente Gilreath. Titled “Unconditional Love,” the performance explored the battles people encounter in staying in same-gender-loving relationships, and the love that can grow from these experiences.


“I’m extremely excited about the research showcase, and I think that folks will had a chance to get to know each other and it provided for an inspiring event. I’m excited to hear more about what people tok from this,” said Jackson.


The research showcase extravaganza was co-sponsored by the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department, the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy, the St. Paul GLBTA Advisory Group, and the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.


GLBTA Programs Office staff and internsEvents organized by the GLBTA Programs Office in honor of its 20th anniversary include:


  • March 27: Schochet Academic Awards Dinner honoring students who received scholarships from the GLBTA Programs Office last fall.
  • April 4: “Austin Unbound” – movie screening and panel discussion.
  • April 17 and 18: “United in Anger” - movie screening cosponsored by the Tretter Collection.
  • May 6: Lavender Celebration – honors graduating students.


- Lolla Mohammed Nur