In 2015, Shane Ortega is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant, and is the first openly trans soldier in the U.S. Military. He served three combat tours and has been on over 400 combat missions. He has lobbied nationally against the ban on transgender military service, that was removed during the Obama administration but reinstated by President Trump. Shane works nationwide with noted LGBTQ activist organizations on trans equality. Shane has been featured in The Advocate, The Huffington Post and on CNN for his expertise and visibility in his field. Sergeant Shane Ortega will tell his story of bravery and trailblazing for trans military inclusion.
ASL interpretation provided.
Presented by Veterans’ Services, ASPB, and the LGBTRC.
This event is supported by the Highlander Empowerment Referendum.
I know you all are patiently waiting for the the BlaqOUT Conference 2018 at UC Riverside!
However, here is something for you to do if you happen to be in or around the Riverside, Ca area on Monday, October 16, 2017.
MON (10/16) = Melanin Monday with Dr. Jon Paul Higgins, 3pm – 4pm@ 133 Costo Hall (ASP)
UC Riverside Address: 900 University Avenue Riverside, CA 92521
Driving Directions from Highway 60 Exit at University Avenue and turn Left Turn right at the light onto West Campus Drive. Stop at the information kiosk and ask for directions to Costo Hall and to get information on where to park.
We are excited to announce that the 4th Annual BlaqOUT Conference will take place April 21-23 at the University of California, Davis. The three day conference is designed to create a networking, empowerment and critical community building opportunity for folks within the Black/African Diaspora and LGBTQIA+ community.
This is a structured conference featuring workshops from undergraduate and graduate scholars, staff, community members and activists with identities within the BlaQueer Diaspora. This year's BlaqOUT conference will be FREE to attend, with a capacity of 150 people. The 2017 theme is Love My BlaQness and Yours Too!
So, why I Love My BlaQness and Yours Too? This year we want to celebrate themany manifestations, ethnicities, languages, hxstories, shades, and even curl-patterns of Blackness/BlaQness. We celebrate that Blackness/BlaQness is not monolithic.
Need To Knows
The UC Davis BlaqOUT committee isworking hard to uphold the BlaqOUT legacy of #BlaQexcellence. As of right now, here are things to know: