Editorial: Women deserve more than just one day

by Irene Chriss, associate editor

The earliest, "National Woman's Day" was February 28, 1909, in New York City, and was organized by the Socialist Party of America. Some claim it was a commemoration of the women’s garment workers’ protest in New York, but researchers allege this a myth intended to detach International Women's Day (IWD) from its socialist origins.

The day remained predominantly a communist holiday until roughly 1967 when it was taken up by second-wave feminists and re-emerged as a day of activism. It is sometimes known in Europe as the "Women's International Day of Struggle.” In the 1970s and 1980s, women's groups were joined by leftists and labor organizations in calling for equal pay, equal economic opportunity, equal legal rights, reproductive rights, subsidized child care, and the prevention of violence against women.

Now, in the 21st century, IWD has been criticized as heavily diluted and commercialized, particularly in the West, where it is sponsored by major corporations and used to promote general and vague notions of equality, rather than radical social reforms. It is now deemed by some social critics as reminiscent of Mother's Day greetings.

The Atlantic in 2012 published the following commentary:

“There's nothing inherently wrong with the idea ‘let's celebrate women’ — in fact, that's a great idea, and shouldn't be confined to just one day. (For that matter, we should celebrate men, too, and in fact, all humans.) But the trouble with one day designated for that purpose means that, implicitly, we're not doing that in the overall, are we? If we need to call it a day, there's trouble afoot. Beyond that, the way that many people are going about this ‘celebration' — and, we're not criticizing their intentions, which seem good, but the way in which those intentions are playing out — often seems to belittle the women they attempt to support.”

International Women’s Day is March 8. For more information, go to https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

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In the news: House passes another pro-LGBTQ+ bill while Florida says “don’t say gay”

by Fred Kuhr, editor

While the Equality Act, landmark legislation outlawing anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, remains stalled in the U.S. Senate, the House has passed another bill protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

The Global Respect Act would prohibit those who have committed LGBTQ+ human rights abuses abroad from getting a visa to enter the United States. The act would apply to state actors as well as individuals. It would also enshrine into federal law policies regarding the reporting of LGBTQ+ human rights abuses that are already in place at the State Department.

The bill passed the House on February 8 by a vote of 227-206, including 221 Democrats and only six Republicans. No Democrats voted against it. The legislation was introduced by out gay Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, co-chair of the House LGBTQ Equality Caucus and the lead sponsor of the Equality Act.

“And with BIPARTISAN support, the #GlobalRespectAct just passed the House, sending a strong message around the world that every member of the #LGBTQI community deserves to live with dignity and free from violence, unlawful detention, torture, and all forms of brutality,” Cicilline tweeted after the vote.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added in a statement, “Today, the House took a bold step forward in protecting the fundamental rights and dignities of the global LGBTQ community. Passed with a bipartisan vote, the Global Respect Act will ensure that America offers no safe haven to those who violate the human rights of our LGBTQ family, friends and neighbors around the world. … America’s foreign policy must be built on our nation’s founding promise of liberty and justice for all, and House Democrats will not rest until that promise is realized for LGBTQ people across the globe. … Now, the Senate must join the House in standing up for human rights around the world and here at home by enacting not only the Global Respect Act, but the House-passed Equality Act as well.”

Regarding the Equality Act, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York gave a speech January 28 at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan pledging to pass the stalled legislation.

“I am committing to passing federal legislation to update the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for all LGBTQ+ Americans,” said Schumer, whose vow drew cheers, reported New York’s Gay City News.

How he does that remains unclear given the evenly-divided Senate in which 60 votes are needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

Corporate America, however, is putting more pressure on Washington to pass the bill. Last month, 87 corporations — ranging from Sony and MetLife to Harley-Davidson and McDonald’s — were added to the list of businesses supporting passage of the Equality Act, according to Gay City News.

The Business Coalition for the Equality Act now consists of 503 companies. In total, they employ more than 15 million people and conduct business in all 50 states, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBTQ+ lobby group in the country.

At the state level, no legislation has caused as much condemnation recently as Florida’s bill that would restrict classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity. The legislation, introduced in Tallahassee last month, has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by Democrats and other opponents.

Part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “stop woke” agenda, he framed it as a “parents’ rights” issue. In fact, the official name of the proposal is the Parental Rights in Education bill.

President Joe Biden came out swiftly against the legislation, calling it “hateful.”

“I want every member of the LGBTI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are. I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve,” Biden tweeted.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a news conference that the bill is “designed to target and attack the kids who need support the most — kids from the LGBTQI+ community who are already vulnerable to bullying. … Make no mistake. This is not an isolated action in Florida. Across the country, we’re seeing Republican leaders taking action to regulate what students can and cannot read, what they can and cannot learn, and most troubling, who they can and cannot be.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the first Senate-confirmed openly gay cabinet secretary in U.S. history, addressed the issue during an appearance on CNN.

Asked if he thought the legislation were dangerous, Buttigieg responded, “Absolutely. And the reason is that it tells youth who are different or whose families are different that there’s something wrong with them out of the gate, and I do think that contributes to the shocking levels of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among LGBTQ youth.

“Chasten, my husband, pointed out that if our kids someday, some Monday morning come into class, and kids are sitting around and the teacher’s got the morning circle talking about how everybody’s weekends went, and one of them says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dads,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘No, we don’t talk about that here’? Any age where it’s appropriate to talk about a kid’s mom and dad, then it should be appropriate to talk about a kid’s mom and mom, or dad and dad, or whatever family structure we live with. That’s part of what it means to be pro-family, to be pro-every family.”


Hope for LGBTQ+ seniors

by Betsy Ettorre, member of the LGBTQ+ Steering Committee and chair of the Global Seniors Caucus

LGBTQ+ seniors are a unique population with different needs from the heterosexual population of seniors. The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging asks, “How is aging as an older lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender adult different than aging as a heterosexual and/or non-transgender adult, and how might we reflect and honor these differences in our agencies?” While this is an admirable aim to honor differences, it is still difficult to make a reality.

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the United States’ first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to LGBTQ+ older adults. It estimates, “There are nearly three million LGBT people aged 50 and older and by 2030 these estimates rise to nearly seven million. And while no precise data exists on the number of transgender older people nationwide, we estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of older adults who are transgender — and many more over the next few decades.”

When I taught sociology in university, I taught that ageing is “sociologically interesting.” This is because ageing is a universal experience — most of us will get old before we die. Ageing spans across different and complex socially powerful contexts, including class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and geography. For me, it is interesting that while we celebrate that more people live longer than at any other time in history, older people are very often discriminated against, if not shunned, for the financial or “need for care” burden they impose on their families, communities, and the state. Frequently, later life is portrayed as a time of declining strength and increased frailty as organs and tissues wear out or succumb to disease and degeneration. The traditional “medicalized focus” views older people narrowly in terms of their bodies, which doctors view as in decline — the natural consequence of growing older.

But some of my sociological colleagues argue that ageism conceals the social origins of elderly people's circumstances. Ageism reinforces a sense of crisis over the rapid ageing population. The debate over the significance of an ageing population is flawed by the neglect of power. For example, we need to be aware that income inequalities associated with class, gender and race persist in old age.

To put a positive spin on ageing, the Swedish sociologist Lars Tornstam developed the idea of “gerotranscendence,” meaning that as people age, they transcend the limited views of life they held in their earlier, younger years. In other words, throughout the aging process, seniors become less self-centered and feel more peaceful and connected to the natural world. Tornstam believes that wisdom comes to the elderly, as the elderly tolerate ambiguities and seeming contradictions. Simply, seniors let go of conflict and develop softer views of right and wrong because they must struggle to overcome their own failings and turn them into strengths. The lesson here is as members of the LGBTQ+ seniors community, let us turn our own weaknesses into strength and become wiser and more at peace with ourselves. That is our challenge of gerotranscendance.


Black LGBTQ+ heroes and heroines

by Irene Chriss, associate editor

As February is Black History Month, here are stories of just a few African-American LGBTQ+ pioneers. These Black LGBTQ Americans have made indelible marks on our society spanning the fields of politics, activism, entertainment, journalism and science. Many of these trailblazers have dared come forward during times in history that put their own lives in peril or subjected them to mockery.

We’ve profiled some of those many Black LGBTQ leaders, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please tell us who else you believe should be included as a key Black LGBTQ+ contributor to our history by emailing [email protected].

Politicians and activists

Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was a leading strategist of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1968. A non-violence advocate, he helped initiate a 1947 Freedom Ride to challenge racial segregation. Alongside Martin Luther King Jr. he organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin was attacked as a "pervert" and "immoral” leader by opponents as well as by Black leaders. In 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom. California Gov. Gavin Newsom pardoned Rustin for his 1953 arrest when he was found having sex with two men in a parked car in Pasadena and obliged him to register as a sex offender.

Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was a lawyer, educator, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement. She was the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives, and the first African-American woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention as well as receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was never public about her 20-year relationship with Nancy Earl. Had she been out, she would have been the first lesbian known to have been elected to the United States Congress.

Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992) was a founding leader in Stonewall and following LGBTQ activist movements. She helped to found the Gay Liberation Front in 1969 and co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) to provide resources, support, and housing for gay, trans, and gender non-conforming people in New York.

Elle Hearns (b.1986) is an accomplished organizer, speaker, strategist, writer and a co-founding member of the Black Lives Matter network. She is currently the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, an organization founded in 2015 that works to create a crucial entry point for Black transgender women, to advocate for an end to violence against all trans people through advocacy, transformative organizing, restoration, civil disobedience, and direct action.

Art and Literature

James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a writer and social critic best known for his 1955 collection of essays, "Notes of a Native Son,” “Go Tell It on a Mountain,” and his groundbreaking 1956 novel, "Giovanni's Room," which depicts themes of homosexuality and bisexuality. Baldwin spent a majority of his literary and activist career educating others about Black and queer identity, as he did during his famous lecture titled “Race, Racism, and the Gay Community.” His reputation has endured since his death. An unfinished manuscript, "Remember This House," was adapted for cinema as the documentary "I Am Not Your Negro" (2016). His "If Beale Street Could Talk" was adapted into the 2018 Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) was an activist and playwright. She was the first Black playwright and youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle Award for “A Raisin in the Sun” (named after a line in Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem: A Dream Deferred”). It was the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. The iconic work was made into a 1961 film starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. Hansberry joined lesbian rights group Daughters of Bilitis and contributed letters about feminism and homophobia to its magazine “The Ladder,” but never publicly acknowledged she was a lesbian. It came out nearly a half-century after her death with the publishing of her diaries. Hansberry died in 1965, at just 34 years old, of pancreatic cancer.

Entertainment

Gladys Bentley (1907-1960) was a gender-bending performer during the Harlem Renaissance. Donning a top hat and tuxedo, Bentley would sing the blues in Harlem establishments. According to a belated obituary published in 2019, the New York Times wrote that Bentley, who died in 1960 at the age of 52, was "Harlem's most famous lesbian" in the 1930s and "among the best-known Black entertainers in the United States.”

Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) was a choreographer who founded in 1958 the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, one of the most prominent dance companies. His signature works, including “Cry” and “Revelations," continue to be performed all over the world. In 2014, Ailey was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his influential work in bringing dance to underserved communities.

Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was a gifted composer best known for his collaboration with Duke Ellington. He wrote the jazz standard “Take the A-Train,” and was a brilliant jazz artist – indisputably a genius – and many claim he could have been as famous as Ellington, but for the fact that he chose to live as an openly gay man knowing the limitations it would place on his life and career. He was also a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and arranged "King Fit the Battle of Alabama" for the Ellington Orchestra.

 

Laverne Cox (b.1972) has long been an advocate for trans people. She first gained fame for appearing as Sophia Burset on the Netflix hit “Orange Is the New Black,” but has starred in numerous other projects, such as Fox's “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again.”

Science

Antentor Hinton Jr. helped to organize a Black Queer Town Hall in STEM and is an assistant professor (Tenure Track) Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University.

 

George Washington Carver (circa 1860-1943) was an American agricultural scientist, best known for his work to improve soil quality for peanuts and sweet potatoes in the Southern United States. He is believed to have been bisexual, having both been married to a woman and having a relationship with a man later in life.

 

Journalism

Don Lemon (b.1966) is a CNN news anchor and journalist and was voted as one of the 150 most influential African Americans by Ebony magazine in 2009. The Advocate listed Lemon as one of the publication's 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media. He won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper, and other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina.

 

 

Charles McRay Blow (b.1970) is an American journalist, commentator and op-ed columnist for the New York Times and current anchor for the Black News Channel.

 

 

 

Sports

Glenn Lawrence Burke (1952-1995), a former outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, was the first major league baseball player to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality. He died from AIDS complications at age 42.

 

 

Sheryl Denise Swoopes (b.1971) was named one of the league's Top 15 Players of All Time at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. Swoopes won an Olympic gold medal, the female Associated Press Athlete of the Year award in 1993, and was named an LGBT History Month Icon by the Equality Forum.

 

 

Additional notable figures include:

POLITICIANS, ACTIVISTS & PUBLIC FIGURES

Deborah Batts (1947-2020) In 1994, she became the first out gay federal judge in U.S. history after being appointed by President Clinton. She told the New York Law Journal in 1994 that she did not want to be known by any one facet of her identity. "I'm a mother. I'm an African-American, and I’m a lesbian".

Andrea Jenkins, b.1961, is the first openly transgender Black woman ever elected to public office in the U.S. She has served on the Minneapolis City Council since 2018. Jenkins currently serves as the City Council’s Vice President; Jenkins is also an acclaimed poet.

Phill Wilson, b. 1956, founder and President of the Black AIDS Institute and an early voice on HIV in the Black community as an AIDS Coordinator for Los Angeles. Wilson has written on HIV/AIDS for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Essence, Ebony, POZ, Vibe, and Jet. In 2010, Wilson became appointed to President Obama's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Lori Lightfoot, b.1962, a former prosecutor who won all 50 of Chicago’s wards in the 2019 mayoral runoff election after promising to end the city’s famed backroom dealing. She is the city’s first ever Black female mayor and its first openly LGBTQ mayor.

Keith St. John b.1957, He became the first out gay Black person elected to public office after winning his race for Common Council of Albany. Since leaving office in 1998, St. John has remained active in New York political and legal circles. He currently serves as Director of Ethics at the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Mondaire Jones, b.1987, was elected to New York’s 17th District US House of Representatives, making him one of the first two openly Black LGBTQ members of Congress. Since his election, he has been working to provide COVID-19 relief and end student loan debt. Prior to his election, Mondaire worked at the Justice Department during the Obama administration.

Kylar Broadus, b.1963, is a Black trans activist, lawyer, author, and professor. Throughout his career, he has worked with numerous organizations and government bodies pushing for LGBTQ equality. Founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, he serves on the board of the National Black Justice Coalition and made history as the first transgender person to testify before the United States Senate, speaking in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2012.

Simone Bell served in Georgia’s House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015 and was the first Black lesbian to serve in any state legislature in the country. Following the end of her term in office, she continued pushing for LGBTQ equality as Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Director.

ARTS AND LITERATURE

Audre Lorde (1934 –1992), writer, poet, feminist, womanist, librarian, warrior, and civil rights activist. Lorde's poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s – in Langston Hughes' New Negro Poets. She was New York “State’s poet laureate between 1991–1992.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, b 1980, Playwright, actor, Academy award for best Adapted Screenplay.

James Langston Hughes (1901-1967). Poet, columnist, dramatist, essayist, novelist, he is particularly known for his insightful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s:

The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.

The stars are beautiful,
So the eyes of my people.

Beautiful, also, is the sun.
Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people.

"My People", in The Crisis (1923)

Everette Lynn Harris (1955 – 2009) was an openly gay American author who was best known for his depictions of African-American men who were on the down-low and in the closet. He wrote a dozen books, ten of which reached The New York Times Best Seller list. Harris was among the most successful African-American or gay authors of his time.

Alice Walker, b, 1944. Author of “The Color Purple” Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award in 1983.

Countee Cullen (1903-1946) poet, novelist, children's writer, and playwright, particularly well-known during the Harlem Renaissance. The Countee Cullen Library, a Harlem branch location of the New York Public Library, was named in his honor. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame.

ENTERTAINMENT

Lee Louis Daniels, b.1959. Film Director; Monster’s Ball, Precious, The Butler, Concrete Cowboy, Empire (television)

Colman Jason Domingo, b.1969. American actor, writer and director, he received a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys.

Tracy Chapman, b 1964. American singer-songwriter, a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award–winning.

Bessie Smith (1894-1937). Known as Empress of the Blues, her music stressed sexual freedom. She made 160 recordings for Columbia, often accompanied notables such as Louis Armstrong.

Mel Alexander Tomlinson (1954 – 2019) was an American dancer and choreographer. At the time of his debut with the New York City Ballet in 1981, he was the only African-American dancer in the company. Ballet choreographer Agnes de Mille referred to him as "the most exciting black dancer in America".

"Ma" Rainey (1886-1939) was an influential American blues singer and early blues recording artist. Dubbed the "Mother of the Blues", she bridged earlier vaudeville and the authentic expression of southern blues, influencing a generation of blues singers.

SCIENCE

Dr Derek Applewhite, associate Professor of Biology Reed College. His research focuses on proteins that make up the cytoskeleton as seen in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He reflected, It was really hard, never having a Black professor, or never having an out gay professor".

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an American theoretical cosmologist, and is both an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a Core Faculty Member in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of New Hampshire.

JOURNALISM

André Leon Talley (1948-2022), an American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director, and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, was the magazine's fashion news director from 1983 to 1987, its first African-American male creative director from 1988 to 1995, and then its editor-at-large from 1998 to 2013.

Robin Roberts, b.1960, an American television broadcaster, is the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America. She was the first woman of color and first openly LGBTQ+ woman to host the American TV game show Jeopardy!

Emil Wilbekin, b.1967, is an American journalist, media executive, stylist, content creator, culture critic, and human rights activist. He is the former editor-in-chief of Vibe and Giant, editor-at-large at Essence and managing editor of its associated website Essence.com.

Elzie Lee "LZ" Granderson, b 1972, an American journalist and former actor, is currently a senior writer and columnist for the TV channel ESPN, The Magazine, a co-host of Sports Nation on ESPN, afternoon co-host at ESPN LA 710 and a columnist for CNN.

Jarrett Hill is notably known for breaking the Michelle Obama/Melania Trump RNC plagiarism story. Contributor to NBC News, The New York Times, and The Hollywood Reporter, he is currently a producer in residency at Buzzfeed. He has provided perspective and analysis for CNN International, MSNBC, Access Hollywood Live, NBC Nightly News, and many others, and was named to the 2016 Ebony Power 100.

Keith Boykin, b. 1965, is a CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, journalist, actor and public speaker. He co-founded the National Black Justice Coalition, a Washington-based civil rights organization dedicated to fighting racism and homophobia, and has won the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Nonfiction in 2013. Boykin served in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, where he was once the highest ranking openly gay person. He also helped organize and participated in the nation’s first ever meeting between a sitting president and leaders of the LGBTQ community.



 


Upcoming Events

DAA BC Book Club February
“Women, Race and Class” by Angela Davis
February 20, 2022

4-6pm Vienna Time

To celebrate Black History Month, we are going back to the classics! We will be discussing the book “Women, Race & Class,” written by Angela Davis (1981). Davis is a renowned author, political activist, academic scholar and philosopher. “Women, Race & Class” is a collection of 13 essays that take a historical look at the Women’s Liberation movement in the United States from slavery to the 1960s.

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DAB Annual Black History Month Event: Getting Into Good Trouble
February 20, 2022
4pm Brussels Time

This year we’ll come together virtually to understand and defend Congressman John Lewis’ incredible legacy. We’ll view the Dawn Porter documentary of his life, "John Lewis: Good Trouble,” discuss the film with DAB volunteers, Robin Lofton and Dorrie Wilson, and then turn our energy and inspiration into action.

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The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History
February 24, 2022
9-10pm Seoul Time

Founded in Oakland, Calif., in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a revolutionary political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and legacy of the Panthers, from their social, educational, and healthcare programs that were designed to uplift the Black community to their battle against police brutality through citizen patrols and frequent clashes with the FBI, which targeted the party from its outset. Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, “The Black Panther Party” captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring significance.

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Women, Peace & Security: A Conversation with Valerie M. Hudson in recognition of International Women’s Day
March 9, 2022
1-2pm Eastern Time

Hudson is the author of “Sex & World Peace,” “The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy,” and “The First World Order: How Sex Shapes Governance & National Security.” She is the University Distinguished Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair, Professor of International Affairs; Director, Program for Women, Peace & Security at The Bush School, Texas A&M University; and Founder of the WomenStats Project.

Can the security of women predict the security of states and the likelihood of conflict and war? Yes, indeed. The prevalence of institutionalized gender-based violence and other deterrents to women’s well-being and their overall status in society correspond significantly to state and global stability. Hudson’s presentation will clarify this relationship and address the many implications of the overwhelming data supporting the link. Her remarks will be of tremendous interest to anyone interested in the dynamics of international security, foreign policy and the status of women. The insights will apply across a broad swath of issues of pressing interest to Americans around the globe (and to the citizens of every country in which we reside).

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Looking for Reporters/Writers
 
Help us report on key events related to the Democrats Abroad LGBTQ+ Caucus both at home and abroad.

What does being a reporter involve?

• Good writing skills
• Meeting via Zoom once a month (usually the 2nd or 3rd Thursday) for an hour (12.00 or 13.00 EST) with the Newsletter team 
• Viewing the LGBTQ+ events during the month assigned to you and writing a 800-1000 word report
• Submitting contributions by the deadline date
• Being a member of DA LGBTQ+ Caucus

If you are interested in being a reporter and member of our Newsletter team, email [email protected] with the subject “Newsletter Reporter” and tell us about yourself, your experience and why you’d like to join our team. We look forward to hearing from you.