Event: QueerCon 2016

If you search “social justice warrior” or “SJW” online, chances are you’ll see a lot of hate surrounding the term. But that’s not what Kyle Shupe has in mind when it comes to the theme of the inaugural QueerCon 2016.

click to enlarge Morgan Clapp, Sophonie Bazile, Samuel Barrons and Kyle Shupe of UC’s WGSS department
Morgan Clapp, Sophonie Bazile, Samuel Barrons and Kyle Shupe of UC’s WGSS department

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f you search “social justice warrior” or “SJW” online, chances are you’ll see a lot of hate surrounding the term. It’s used pejoratively, a label for those who supposedly promote their socially progressive ideologies in aggressive and gratuitous ways.

But that’s not what Kyle Shupe has in mind when it comes to the theme of the inaugural QueerCon 2016 — taking place this Friday at the University of Cincinnati’s Tangeman University Center — which is just that: Social Justice Warriors.

Shupe is the co-chair for the conference along with Jo Teut, who came up with the theme. They’re both Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) second-year graduate students at UC who want to reclaim SJW and present it in a positive light. Read more about the event here


QueerCon takes place 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday at UC’s Tangeman University Center. Search “QueerCon 2016” on Facebook for more information.


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