The University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University faculty and students have collaborated to host Queer Research Day on Friday, March 31, 2017, coinciding with International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Queer Research Day is a one-day conference, hosted by the UNB faculty of arts, designed to provide a unique opportunity for faculty and students to share their LGBTQ+ research and creative work within a supportive environment. This is the first bi-campus initiative between UNB and STU celebrating LGBTQ+ research.

“The faculty of arts at UNB is proud to host this collaboration between UNB and STU to showcase the research and creative work being done on LGBTQ+ topics,” said Dr. Carmen Poulin, associate dean of UNB arts. “It is an opportunity for the community to come and network with faculty, students and visitors who share an interest in queer and diversity issues.”

The day will include two keynote speakers, Dr. Lucas Crawford (UNB) and Dr. Lynne Gouliquer (Laurentian). Dr. Crawford will discuss queer theory and gustatory “tastes,” while Dr. Gouliquer will be speaking on the treatment of gay and lesbian soldiers in Canada.

“These two keynotes are addressing timely issues in our society and are sharing that knowledge with the wider community,” Dr. Poulin said.

UNB is also flying the transgender flag to demonstrate the institution’s commitment to creating an open and supportive learning and working environment.

UNB welcomes diversity in all its forms and International Transgender Day of Visibility is an opportunity to support trans and gender non-binary members of the university, while celebrating the accomplishments and activism of the past year. It’s also a chance to reflect on the work that still remains to be done to ensure the safety and success of trans and gender non-binary people on campus and in New Brunswick.

All are welcome to attend the conference, which is being held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Tilley Hall Room 5 at UNB’s Fredericton campus.

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