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March 29 Provost’s Lecture: Gender and Sexuality

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Reteaching Gender and Sexuality

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Megan Kennedy

Reteaching Gender and Sexuality is a national campaign that is contributing additional queer youth voices to influence policies and practices that impact queer youth lives. Its aim is to steer the conversation beyond the symptom of bullying to address the systematic issues and deeper beliefs about gender and sexuality.

This lecture will include a screening of the group’s first pilot documentary Put This On the {Map}, an award-winning 34-minute film that invites you into the lives of 26 young people in Seattle’s eastside suburbs. The film is a bold way of looking at these stories of social isolation, violence, fearlessness, and liberation and provides an outlet for these young people to present candid evaluations of their schools, families, and communities. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Megan Kennedy, youth activist Kyle Rapiñan, and others from this Seattle-based group.

Megan M. Kennedy provides individual and group counseling, and serves as a trainer and consultant on youth gender and sexual identity issues. Kennedy co-produced/directed Put This On the {Map} and Reteaching Gender and Sexuality. She serves on the founding board of ThreeWings in Seattle. Kennedy aspires to develop her skills as an artist and media-maker, while providing relevant and corresponding training and consultation about issues facing queer people and youth.

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Kyle Rapiñan

Kyle Rapiñan is a multi-racial student at the University of Washington, a fierce community activist for human rights, and a tireless youth advocate for his peers and his community. From galvanizing a ground-breaking Gay Straight Alliance as a state leader in pro-queer youth rights to embarking on a multi-year community initiative to create a new constituency-based queer youth arts venue, Rapiñan has established himself as a known advocate of the marginalized communities. His training themes integrate issues of anti-poverty/homelessness, anti-bullying, constituency building, rethinking “coming out,” and traditional non-profit service models for young people.

This Provost’s Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 29, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater.

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