'Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives' on Display

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Joy Washington
Joy Washington

A ground-breaking photography exhibit, “Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives,” opens at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Archaeology Museum on the University of South Alabama campus.

Powerful and captivating images by Birmingham photographer Carolyn Sherer, will include compelling narratives of the LGBTQ youth, which challenge definitions of gender, sexuality and family.

"The courageous stories revealed by LGBTQ youth featured in Family Matters help shed light and spark dialogue about civil rights and continue the conversation that began last semester when the USA community shared in the reading of ‘Cradle of Freedom,’" stated Barbara Filion, associate director of the Archaeology Museum.

This exhibition is a component of the USA Common Read/ Common World initiative for 2015-2016. The featured book for this year is “Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America,” by Frye Gaillard, USA writer-in-residence. Gaillard will introduce the exhibit at the opening.

There will also be a live music performance by Atlanta modern folk music duo Mouths of Babes featuring Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth. In just over a year, the duo has become a sought-after act, headlining shows in Berkeley, Calif., Chicago and Boston.

All LGBTQ Youth Perspectives’ events at South Alabama will be held on campus at the Archaeology Museum.

“The Transgender Journey," Feb. 2, 6 p.m.

Jessica Lynn, Founder of Your True Gender

“Our Bodies, Ourselves,” Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

Becky McLaughlin, associate professor of English, University of South Alabama

“LGBT Online Identities and Queer Fan Creativity,” March 10, 6 p.m.

Dr. Kristina Busse, gender studies and philosophy instructor, independent scholar

“Gender in the Ancient Past,” April 21, 6 p.m.

Dr. Phil Carr, professor of anthropology and director, USA Archaeology Museum

The photography exhibit was developed by Birmingham AIDS Outreach and made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, which is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit will be on display through July 22.

For more information, contact Barbara Filion, associate director at the USA Archaeology Museum, at (251) 460-6106, or visit the museum website. She can also be emailed at bfilion@southalabama.edu.

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