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Thinking About Diversity

These informal remarks were given at  a workshop sponsored by the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University on April 2, 2012. The Center hosts interdisciplinary conversations among scholars focusing on "keywords."  This conversation involved me, Ira Katznelson, Fred Harris and moderator Mae Ngai. Every time I sat down to think about today’s presentation, I found myself impatient, irritated, avoiding the topic.  I realized the word diversity actually annoyed me a great deal, and even infuriated me to the point that I could not focus on this exercise. They say that if it’s hysterical, it’s historical.  So I had to ask myself why this annoyed [...]

National Equality March on Washington 2009

This speech was given on October 11, 2009 at the National Equality March for LGBT Rights in Washington DC.  Copyright 2009 U. Vaid Together on this day, from all across this country, we gather to claim the love that law cannot invalidate. We are here to insure the full civil, political and moral equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people becomes the law of this nation and a reality across the globe. Our gathering happens in a broader context, one that shapes the outcome of our struggle for LGBT human rights. It is a broader context of malevolence at the heights of power – embodied in the cruel destroyers of the last eight years, who slashed and shredded [...]

On the Family: A Rainbow Families Agenda

"We undeniably ...should be able to adopt and foster parent without stigma and opposition.  But shouldn’t we be also fighting against barriers that unfairly exclude our heterosexual friends and families as well?  What about the realities of single parent families...Could what we promote for ourselves also benefit the heterosexual single mom or dad down the street?  I think we would all answer yes, of course.  But this framework – of pursuing a socially just agenda rather than just a gay one – is not the dominant frame of the GLBT movement." This Keynote was given on April 12, 2008 at the Rainbow Families Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Copyright 2008 Urvashi [...]

San Francisco Dyke March!

5 Minute Video of Start of 1999 SF Dyke March By dök tor_tele vi sion http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=17512111 This talk was given at the Dyke March on June 26, 1999 in San Francisco.  Copyright 1999 Urvashi Vaid. Good Evening lesbians, bisexual women, trans gender women, queer girls, and think you are still-straight women!  Hello supportive brothers.  Happy Pride.  I stand before you tonight to make a confession of bias, a confession of desire – I love women madly passionately, hopelessly, and lustfully.  I love the warmth of women, our intensity, our intimacy, our ability to relate, I love our maddening process-consciousness, [...]

Speech at the 1993 March on Washington for LGBT Rights

March on Washington for LGBT Rights – April 25, 1993 - © 1993 Urvashi Vaid Hello lesbian and gay Americans. I am proud to stand before you as a lesbian today. With hearts full of love and the abiding faith in justice, we have come to Washington to speak to America. We have come to speak the truth of our lives and silence the liars. We have come to challenge the cowardly Congress to end its paralysis and exercise moral leadership. We have come to defend our honor and win our equality. But most of all we have come in peace and with courage to say, "America, this day marks the end of exile of the gay and lesbian people. We are banished no more. We wander the wilderness of [...]