Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)


Arianne Benford

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Spring 2011


When I first arrived at the Second Annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference, I was nearly knocked over by the embrace the conference's coexecutive director, Adrienne Williams. We had only spoken on the phone a few times, yet the last time I can remember being so warmly received was during one of my infrequent trips home to see my mother. While I was sure that in that moment she had a long list of other things to do, she still made time to ensure that I was being treated well. Adrienne's hug was not a singular experience, but more of an indication of the tone of the weekend: warm.


This article was originally published in CLAGSNews, Spring 2011.



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