Wednesday, February 26, 2020

BlaqOut 2020: Blaq in Action!: BlaqOut Conference 2020: Blaq In Action!


BlaqOut Conference 2020: Blaq In Action!

The UC Berkeley Gender Equity Resource Center and African American Student Development are hosting the annual BlaqOut Conference on April 24th-26th, 2020.

The three-day conference is designed to create a networking, empowerment and critical community-building opportunity for folks within the African Diaspora and LGBTQIA+ community. This conference features workshops from undergraduate and graduate scholars, staff, community members and activists with identities within the BlaQueer Diaspora.

Registration is free for this year’s conference. The theme of this year's conference will be "BlaQ in Action"!

This year’s conference celebrates the intrinsic power of the many manifestations of our BlaQness, encompassing all intersections of our complex and diverse identities. Our very existence as Black QTs is a paradox that challenges the systems designed to oppress us, thus the theme “BlaQ in Action” spotlights the moment when one is able to remove the self-limiting mask worn to protect their identity from society, regain consciousness of their full capabilities, and mobilize these powers to change the world. This year, our theme embraces and passes on this legacy of resistance; centering, uplifting, and exploring our long-silenced truths through the powers of collective advocacy and activism.

This conference is designed for Black LGBTQ persons to share knowledge and experiences with one another about our particular lives. Those who do not share these lived experiences will not be equipped to engage in discussions and other activities that are unique to this intersection of identities. We will not be providing workshops to learn about allyship or knowledge of our community’s experiences. We encourage our non-Black and non-LGBTQIA allies to attend other conferences or contact the organizers to learn how they can support this important space being held for the Black LGBTQ+ community.

The UC Berkeley BlaqOUT committee is working hard to uphold the BlaqOUT legacy of #BlaQexcellence. As of right now, here are things to know:

Date: Friday, April 24, 2020 - Sunday, April 26, 2020
Location: UC Berkeley
Theme: BlaQ in Action
Registration Cost: FREE with capacity* for 250
Registration Deadline: March 15th, 2020

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