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Fenway Women’s Dinner Party – Susan Love Award

Thank you Judy Bradford for that very generous recognition. It is an honor to receive it from both an institution and an individual whom I respect so much. We are, all of us formed by our early influences, and Boston’s LGBT movement was my schooling ground. The great American and lesbian feminist poet Adrienne Rich, who died three days ago, captured the spirit of the movement into which I came out in her 1976 masterpiece, 21 Love Poems. In Poem #13 she wrote: The rules break like a thermometer quicksilver spills across the charted systems, we’re out in a country that has no language no laws… whatever we do together is pure invention the maps they gave us were out of [...]

Looking Forward: The Future of GLBT Activism

This presentation was made at Northeastern University Law School on March 24, 2005. ©2005 Urvashi Vaid Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame. --- W.H. Auden September 1, 1939 I want to talk about justice and affirmation. About where we find ourselves and where we can imagine being. About what we face. I want to reflect briefly on the broad political context that shapes the work of those of us who are interested in social justice and deep [...]

Race, Sex, and Power: Observations in 2008

"The color-blind or post-racial paradigm appeases the powerful without yielding much in exchange other than their comfort." A version of this presentation was given as part of the Opening Plenary Panel at the Race, Sex and Power Conference at the University of Illinois, Chicago on April 11, 2008. Copyright 2008 Urvashi Vaid The response to this conference certainly indicates the continued salience of, what that Marxist Leninist study group that one of my friends once belonged to used to call, “the primary contradictions.”  Indeed, the hierarchies of dominance and submission that those primary contradictions of class, race, sex, gender, and sexuality represent continue to [...]