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LGBT Studies News

Alums Organize Pride Festival

Last year, the inaugural Finger Lakes Pride Festival brought more than 500 visitors from across the Upstate New York region to Geneva. For the second annual event, founder Amy Hickey '97 and organizer Kate Morse '98 are working closely with surrounding counties, local business and organizations like the Smith Opera House, to celebrate the LGBTQ community of the Finger Lakes area with a day of act...  More >>

Abadsidis '96 Highlights HIV Prevention

Coinciding with World AIDS Day today, Dec. 1, a new advertising campaign focusing on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) -- a pill prevention option for people at high risk of contracting HIV -- aims to "reduce HIV infections and to communicate to those at high risk that they don't deserve to be punished with HIV for ‘misbehaving,'" says Savas Abadsidis '96, chief media strategist for Connected Healt...  More >>

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 >>

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