LGBT Studies News

Colleges Welcome First Full-Time LGBT Studies Faculty

Melissa Autumn White joins the HWS LGBT Studies Department this fall as the first full-time, tenure track assistant professor in the department's history. "LGBT Studies stands at the intersection of the humanities, the social sciences, and even the biological sciences," White says. "We're in a very important moment in U.S. history where these issues are coming front and center into mainstream deb...  More >>

Amestoy '68 on SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Reflecting on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the Hon. Jeffrey L. Amestoy '68, P'11, P'14, the 38th Chief Justice of Vermont's Supreme Court, said, "I think today...the Supreme Court caught up with the country, but I think the rest of the country caught up with Vermont." In 1999, Amestoy authored the Vermont Supreme Court's opinion in Baker v....  More >>

New Initiative for Women Leaders

A new organization, called the Leadership League of Women (LLOW), has started on campus to help foster relationships between William Smith and Geneva High School women. Founded by junior Virginia DeWees '16, the initiative is dedicated to assisting women leaders in Geneva through mentorship, collaboration, and community outreach. LLOW is sponsored by the William Smith Deans Office through the Lau...  More >>

DeWees '16 Lands Top Teaching Internship

Breakthrough Collaborative, a college access organization, has honored Virginia DeWees '16 with a teaching fellow position in its consequential summer program. Repeatedly named as one of the Princeton Review's "Top 10 Internships in America," Breakthrough Collaborative also is acclaimed for its vast and innovative impact on youth as recognized by the White House. DeWees is one of only 30 students...  More >>

Rimmerman on Lesbian and Gay Movements

Westview Press recently published the second edition of Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman's book, "The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation?" an exploration of the dilemmas that gay and lesbian movements have faced in a historical and contemporary context. The new edition features updates throughout the entire book and covers issues that span the le...  More >>

More LGBT Studies News >>


Anna Dorman
Kelly Wendt '14
Writing and rhetoric major
Double-minor in LGBT studies and Spanish
Future Plan
I will be moving to Boston after graduation to work for Grassroots Campaigns, a nonprofit organization. that helps run political campaigns and fundraising/awareness-raising campaigns for other nonprofits. They were very interested in my involvement with Pride and other student organizations on campus when I spoke with them in my interviews.
I interned for the Easton Courier, in my hometown in Connecticut and absolutely loved it. I honed professional skills, figured out how to manage deadlines, and learned a lot about the field (and, surprisingly, the political goings-on of my hometown).
I’ve been involved with Pride all four years. We hosted our first sit-down dinner last year and this year I’m excited to be involved in bringing the AIDS Quilt to campus. I see myself always involved with gay rights activism. What form that takes will be determined, but I don’t ever see that not being a part of me.
The first time I left the country I left for a semester in Sevilla, Spain, in the fall of 2011. Courses focused on the culture, but mostly we took field trips into the city to learn about the history and culture firsthand.