Speaker to shed light on LGBTQ rights abroad

For Immediate Release:  March 10, 2015

BLOOMSBURG— LGBTQ human issues – marriage equality, adoption, workplace protection – are demanding, controversial topics, not only in the U.S., but all around the world.

Cynthia Burack, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at The Ohio State University, returns to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania to discuss “LGBTQ Human Rights and the U.S. Government Abroad” Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 2303.

Over the past few years, government officials have raised their voices on behalf of international human rights for LGBTQ individuals. In December 2011, Hillary Clinton addressed audiences abroad, highlighting the challenges facing lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people in other countries, pledging the support of the U.S. during this continuous quest for LGBTQ human rights.

During her lecture at BU, Burack will discuss these government intervention procedures, bringing into question what the U.S. has done to protect LGBTQ rights abroad, and why these efforts continue to be a controversial subject. 

Burack has published two books since 2008, “Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Anti-Gay Rhetoric and the Christian Right” and “Tough Love: Sexuality, Compassions, and the Christian Right.” She is currently working on a new book that highlights her current lecture, focusing on U.S. government intervention and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ human rights in other countries.

This lecture is sponsored by the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Political Science, the LGBTQ Office, and the Center for Civic Engagement. The event is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.