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Lecture: History of the Gay Games

Thursday, September 11, 2014
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center @ SU 403

The Rainbow Center's Out to Lunch Lecture Series begins the semester with a presentation by Fleurette King, entitled, "Rainbow Courts and Fields: Exploring the History of the Gay Games."

The Gay Games is the world's largest sporting and cultural event organized by, and specifically for LGBTQ athletes, artists, and musicians. Participants involve the spectrum of sexual orientations, including heterosexual athletes, from many countries. In fact, the Gay Games, which were originally names as the Gay Olympics, started in 1982. The attendees to the presentation will gain an understanding of its successful athletic and political history, both from a historic and personal perspective. King medaled in racquetball at the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago.

Fleurette King has served as the Director of the UConn Rainbow Center since 2007. King's involvement in social justice education and valuing diversity efforts, inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, expands over a 20-year career in higher education. Prior to UConn, King served in diversity-related positions at Loras College, DePaul College, Princeton University, and the University of Michigan. King's participation in regional and national networks reflects a deep passion and commitment to social justice. King obtained a B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Ethnic Studies from Bowling Green State University and a M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University. King enjoys short walks on the beach and playing racquetball.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

Admission Fee: Free and open to all


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