LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series

Created with the intent to highlight LGBTQIA+ information science workers, the LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series will provide additional and timely professional development opportunities for our membership. Members of the LGBTQIA+ Caucus are invited to participate in conversation with each speaker in anticipation of the member-wide events.

The LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series is an initiative of the BLC's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Community of Interest with support from the Innovation Fund.

Monday, September 27th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Joan Ilacqua speaks about The History Project

Monday, October 4th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Joan Ilacqua and Micha Broadnax speak with the LGBTQIA+ Caucus

Wednesday, June 9th 4-5pm | LGBTQIA+ Caucus Conversation with K.J. Rawson

Tuesday, June 15th 1-2pm | LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series: K.J. Rawson 


Queer Discovery: Archives, Linked Data, and Trans History

In honor of Pride Month, this webinar will feature K.J. Rawson (Associate Professor of English & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University) and his work with the Digital Transgender Archive and the Homosaurus: An International LGBTQ Linked Data Vocabulary. Participants will explore how queer stories can be documented, preserved, and made accessible via digital platforms.


K.J. Rawson works at the intersections of the Digital Humanities and Rhetoric, LGBTQ+, and Feminist Studies. Focusing on archives as key sites of cultural power, he studies the rhetorical work of queer and transgender archival collections in both brick-and-mortar and digital spaces. He has co-edited special issues of Peitho and TSQ and co-edited Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010). Rawson’s scholarship has appeared in Archivaria, Enculturation, Peitho, Present Tense, QED, RSQ, TSQ, and several edited collections.

K.J. Rawson is founder and director of the Digital Transgender Archive, an award-winning online repository of trans-related historical materials, and he is the co-chair of the editorial board of the Homosaurus, an international LGBTQ linked data vocabulary.