LGBT Studies News

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 >>

HWS Recognized for LGBT Inclusivity

For the third consecutive year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been recognized as a leader for LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices. HWS has once again been awarded an excellent score, five out of a possible five stars, on Campus Pride's Campus Climate Index. The Colleges' numeric score of 92 percent rose slightly over last year's, reflecting HWS' continued work on issues for L...  More >>

Dr. Beyrer '81 Convocation Speaker

Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcomed internationally renowned expert on AIDS, Dr. Christopher C. Beyrer '81, as keynote speaker for Convocation 2014. Beyrer's life-saving work advancing public health and human rights has changed perceptions and behaviors, and improved the health of individuals, communities and countries around the world. Convocation was held on Monday, Sept. 1 on Stern Lawn...  More >>

Staff, Students Attend LGBTQA Conference

The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, of which Hobart and William Smith Colleges are members, held its first conference focusing on fostering positive change for LGBTQA faculty, students and staff on New York Six member campuses this spring. HWS Area Coordinator Chad Freeman presented at the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium Spectrum Conference, hosted by consortium member Hamilton College...  More >>

Pride Alliance Lavender Gayla

Featuring student performances and reflections from the academic year, the second annual Lavender Gayla will be held on Friday, May 2. Hosted by the HWS Pride Alliance, the Gayla is a year-end semiformal dinner bringing together members of the HWS community to recognize the work of Pride over the past year. The Gayla will take place at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center....  More >>

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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.