A MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES, LOVE, AND RESPECT:

In solidarity with all of our communities at Cornell University and in Ithaca, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies Program, the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Latino/a Studies Program, and the Africana Studies and Research Center would like to take the opportunity to extend our condolences to the families and friends of members of those who were killed in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Our thoughts are also with the wounded and their families and friends. At the same time, we want to state that we unequivocally denounce the hate crime that has produced the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States as well as the harm and loss of lives that have resulted from continuing direct and indirect acts of bigotry. We must all stand with those who have been the objects of this sort of violence, and with those who might be in the future, and rewrite the rhetoric of hate into one of respect and care.

Judith A. Peraino, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies Program
Kathleen Perry Long, Director of the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Sofía A. Villenas, Director of the Latino/a Studies Program
Gerard L. Aching, Director of the Africana Studies & Research Program

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ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: The field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies is devoted to the investigation of the complexities of sexuality and its importance to the organization of social relations more generally. Primary among its concerns is also the study of the lives, the politics, and the creative work of sexual and gender minorities. LGBT Studies is founded on the premise that the social organization of sexuality is best studied from interdisciplinary perspectives. At present, the program includes courses using a variety of methodological tools and disciplinary approaches: anthropological, psychological, sociological, biological, political, historical, literary, musical, and artistic. LGBT Studies offers an undergraduate minor and a graduate minor. LGBT Studies intersects with the critical principles of the Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Specifically, the LGBT minor concentrates on how sexuality and the discourse of sexual minorities and majorities, and normative and non-normative sexual practices, are mobilized in formations of power, knowledge, sociality, and subjectivity.

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