Reframing the Conversation: Queering Utah Legacies, A Changing the Narrative Special with the UofU's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Department
Queering Utah Legacies
In celebration of LGBTQIA+ History Month, a look back at the queer legacy in Utah. Prominent University of Utah leaders and activists (past and present) discussed their journeys to make the U more inclusive and acknowledged where we are today and what remains to be done.
The Panel included:
- Moderated by, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Dean, School for Cultural and Social Transformation
- Kathryn Bond Stockton is a Distinguished Professor of English, former Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity, and inaugural Dean of the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah, where she teaches queer theory, theories of race, and twentieth-century literature and film. Two of her books—Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” and The Queer Child (Duke UP) were national finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. Her newest book is entitled Making Out (NYU Press, 2019). Stockton has taught at Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory and, in 2013, she was awarded the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the highest honor granted by the University of Utah.
- Clare Lemke, Director, LGBT Resource Center, UofU
- Dr. Clare Lemke came to the University of Utah in 2019 from Iowa State University, where she served as the Assistant Director of the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success. Clare has a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, where her research focused on the history of sexuality, LGBTQ social movements, U.S.-based feminist movements, and queer femininities. She is committed to fostering a university community that celebrates queer and trans histories, cultures, and lives. In her free time, Clare loves to cook, shop at thrift stores and farmer’s markets, watch movies, travel, and take too many pictures of her dog.
- Ariel Malan, Program Coordinator, Transgender Health Program
- Ariel Malan (she/her), earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Utah in 2018. For over a decade, Ariel’s passion has been working with LGBTQ+ communities through advocacy, education, and research. Ariel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Pride Center and is the Program Coordinator for the University of Utah Transgender Health Program.</li>
- Connell O’Donovan, Historian & Genealogist
- Connell O’Donovan is a historian, biographer, and professional genealogist. His main areas of historical research include African-American history in early Massachusetts and LGBTIQ history. He is currently working on the history of female impersonators in Utah from the 1860s to the 1930s, as well as a film documentary on the double-suicide of two young Mormon Lesbians in Salt Lake City in 1926.
- Elizabeth Alice Clement, Associate Professor, Department of History
- Professor Elizabeth Clement’s first book is titled Love For Sale and won the Dixon Ryan Fox prize from the New York State Historical Society. She currently has two book projects. The first, We Are Family: Gays and Lesbians and the American Family focus on the relationship between gays and family in the U.S. The second, part of a multidisciplinary effort to create a permanent archival collection on HIV/AIDS in Utah, is titled AIDS and the Silent Majority: Family, Religion, and Care in Conservative America. Professor Clement has won numerous college and university awards for her teaching. When not in the classroom, she can be found biking, hiking, and bartering organic produce for upscale charcuterie at a locally prominent overpriced grocery in Salt Lake City.
- Kai Medina-Martinez, Assistant Clinical Professor, Boise State University
- Dr. Kai Medina-Martinez started at Boise State University in 2020 and is currently an assistant clinical professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Medina-Martinez received a Masters in Social Work and a Ph.D. both from the University of Utah. Before joining Boise State, Dr. Medina-Martinez was an assistant professor in the social work department at California State University Monterey Bay and served as the inaugural director of the University of Utah Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center for over ten years. Dr. Medina-Martinez scholarship looks at trans queer academics and students experiences, social work field education, and college student development. They have more than 25 years of social justice informed social work practice with individuals and communities.
Views, thoughts, or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:
Assoc. Producer/Host: Billy Palmer
Volunteer/Asst. Producer: Natalie Benoy
Executive Producer: Lara Jones