Gender and Queer Futures (Panel Discussion)
- What is your preferred future for gender & LGBTQ?
- From your perspective what is the most important thing that needs to change to envision your preferred future?
Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán – Victoria is the Director of both the Trans/GNC and the Disability Justice Projects at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Particular areas of expertise and focus are the intersections of issues affecting transgender people with disabilities and mental illness, anti- trans workplace discrimination and gun violence prevention from a social justice lens. She has been in trans advocacy the entirety of her adult life, including advocacy in Puerto Rico and in Maine. She is the author of “Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees”, a gold-standard best practices guide for employers, and frequently speaks on discrimination issues impacting the trans community. She was named the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s 2016 Ally of the Year Award and one of Pacific Standard Magazine’s 30 Thinkers under 30 of 2017. She has been profiled in NBC News and Latina Magazine, among other outlets. Prior to joining the Task Force, she worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center. Victoria holds a B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.
Dr Amber Johnson (Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University). As a scholar/artist/activist, Dr. Johnson explores the language, exigency, sound, and aesthetics of social justice. Their art, research, and activism focus on performances of identity, protest, and social justice in digital and lived spaces. As a polymath, their mixed-media artistry involves working with metals, recycled and reclaimed goods, photography, poetry, percussion, and paint to interrogate systems of oppression. Dr. Johnson is the creator of The Justice Fleet ™, a mobile justice museum that fosters healing through art, dialogue, and play and an award winning Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Justice at Saint Louis University. Notable awards include the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award for their research on black masculinity and the performative possibilities of social media, the Lilla A. Heston award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies for their work on embodied pedagogies and social justice, and the Faculty Excellence Award for Diversity and Social Justice. Dr. Johnson has published articles in several journals including Qualitative Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media and Communication, Text & Performance Quarterly, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, and Communication Quarterly.
Dr Lonny Avi Brooks is an Associate Professor at CSU East Bay in the Strategic Communication Department. He writes on a gamut of topics in foresight from organizational long-term thinking to Afrofuturism. He wrote a chapter entitled “In Search of Afrofuturism: Where am I in this future Stewart Brand?” now published in the anthology Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness (2015). Lonny has also been pursuing an interactive worldbuilding game called Queer Futures which is very exciting!
Dave Roselle is a trained futurist, strategic designer and architect. After an entrepreneurial career in architecture, he transitioned into innovation strategy focusing on the relationship between design, research and business management. He holds an MBA in Strategic Foresight from CCA and is an active member of the Association of Professional Futurists.