News and Events
Burnside Watstein Awards honor three for contributions to LGBTQIA+ community
October 16, 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University recognized three individuals last week at the 13th annual Burnside Watstein LGBTQIA+ Awards, an event that honors those who make a significant difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members.
VCU celebrates groundbreaking research in LGBTQ studies being conducted by faculty
September 10, 2018
Before a crowd of more than 350 students, faculty, staff and Richmond community members, Virginia Commonwealth University celebrated the depth and breadth of research in LGBTQ studies that is being conducted across the university.
In ‘Gay, Inc.,’ VCU professor shows how nonprofit sphere’s expansion has helped — and hindered — the LGBTQIA+ cause
August 22, 2018
In “Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics,” Beam relies on oral histories, archival research and his own activist work to explore how LGBT nonprofits in Minneapolis and Chicago are grappling with the contradictions between radical queer social movements and their institutionalized iterations.
With a $1M gift, alumna Iris Harrell and wife Ann Benson create a new scholarship for gender, sexuality and women’s studies at VCU
June 13, 2018
When Iris Harrell’s parents got divorced during her junior year at what is now the University of Mary Washington, her college education was left in jeopardy. She didn’t have enough money to supplement the scholarships that had allowed her to be the first member of her North Carolina farming family to attend college.
An Open Letter from the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at VCU
August 18, 2017
We return to campus this year anguished but resolute, determined to resist the violence and visceral hate confronting us and our students. Though there are so many events, unfortunately, that we could write about, we feel compelled to speak out in the aftermath of the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville. As faculty and staff of one of the state universities in Virginia, located in the former capital of the confederacy, and in a city with its own shameful and brutal history of enslavement, we must speak out and condemn in the strongest terms the white supremacist attacks, as well as revisionist histories and false equivalencies between white supremacy and anti-racist activism that continue to circulate.
Inside the fight to win VCU’s official recognition of the university’s first LGBTQIA student organization
September 29, 2016
In the fall of 1974, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning and straight Virginia Commonwealth University students founded the school’s first LGBTQIA student organization, the Gay Alliance of Students, with the goals of “awareness, education and consciousness-raising among gay students and other concerned students, to alleviate the problems of homophobia, to support the Equal Rights Amendment [and] to alleviate discrimination of sexual orientation.”