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College of Arts & Sciences
Institute for Southern Studies


Queer Activism in the Palmetto State: A Panel Discussion -- Presenting Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement

Monday, 29 January 2018 @ 430PM/Russell House Theater

Panelists Include: 

Harriet Hancock: Pioneering gay rights activist; organizer of the first Gay Pride March in Columbia in 1990. 

Ed Madden: professor of English and director, Women's and Gender Studies, USC. Author of five books of poetry; in 2015 named the inaugural poet laureate of the city of Columbia. 

Alvin McEwen: Acclaimed blogger, writer and activist, appearing on or in MSNBC, the Advocate, Washington Post, Daily Kos, Huffington Post, and Alternet.org. 

Sheila Morris: Author of prize-winning books on growing up LGBTQ and co-founder SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild. 

Pat Patterson: Also known as Patti O'Furniture, a renowned drag performer in Columbia. Founding member of the South Carolina Equality Coalition and leading queer activist in the Midlands. 

Nekki Shutt: Partner at Burnette, Shutt & McDaniel. Part of the legal team that helped win marriage equality for South Carolina in 2014. 

The panel is moderated by Dr. David Snyder, Faculty Principal, Carolina International House, and is cosponsored with the Carolina International House and Women's and Gender Studies.