Born that way?


It has been debated for decades – is homosexuality a result of nature or nurture?

On Thursday, April 16, Vanderbilt University will host a groundbreaking panel to address such questions and offer alternative arguments for equality beyond simply being "born gay."

The panel, “Big Ideas Conversation Series: New Arguments for Liberation,” is part of a multi-campus “Queer Tour” co-sponsored by Campus Progress and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force which seeks to raise awareness of the complexity of GLBTQ social justice.

Panelists Jaime Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at the Task Force, and Kenyon Farrow, a Policy Institute Fellow, will lead the discussion exploring the origins of the biological argument for GLBTQ civil rights.

The panel will be held in the Vanderbilt University Multipurpose Room, located in the Commons Center at 230 Appleton Place from, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The event is being co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Office of LGBTQI Life, the Lambda Association, and the Office of Housing and Residential Education.

Campus Progress is the youth division of the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan, nonprofit progressive organization. Through programs in activism, journalism, and events, Campus Progress helps young people make their voices heard now on issues that matter, and works with young leaders and organizations nationwide to build a strong, united progressive movement that can bring long-term positive change.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force works to build grassroots power of the (LGBT) community. They do this through training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.