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Reflections on Pride

Fletcher pays tribute to diverse experiences and expressions of hope for the future

This Pride Month, we find ourselves cautiously optimistic. As COVID-19's grip on America loosens, Biden's executive order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation reaches a nation in the middle of a cultural and ideological divide. The diverse tapestry of Pride gatherings that have encouraged the global LGBTQIA+ community to take to the streets in protest, in support, and to insist upon visibility and equal rights for over 50 years have been made virtual again, but event organizers are now thinking critically about the fall and the following summer.

Tufts University continues to crest the top 5 on Campus Pride's list of Best LGBTQIA+ friendly universities. Here at The Fletcher School, we celebrate clearly and unequivocally all who identify with and support the Pride community.

This month, as a community, we will elevate the voices of our alumni, faculty, staff, and students. You will hear about queer theory, policy, politics, love, and humanity. As a school of international affairs, we will feature their stories and their research as they position their identities and expertise in international policymaking that make the community safer and the world more sustainable. What they will all have in common is the global community for which Fletcher is so well-known.

The Fletcher School is an intellectual institution: always thinking, learning, and striving for intellectual curiosity and open dialogue. Like Lego's first gender neutral playset, "Everyone is Awesome," we invite you this month, and this year, to think, learn, and remain intellectually curious with us. Continue to know the world, and shape the future.

Pride in Practice: An Event Hosted by The Fletcher School and Fletcher's center for Gender and Intersectional Analysis

On June 30, 2021, The Fletcher School and Fletcher's center for Gender and Intersectional Analysis brought together students and alumni for a thoughtful conversation about the importance of Pride Month, intersectional allyship, and the research being done in-and-outside of The Fletcher School on the topic.

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Rising Up: Reflections from Tufts LGBT Center Director Hope Freeman

On the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we asked Hope Freeman, Director of the LGBT Center and Interim Director of the Women’s Center at Tufts University for her reflections on the anniversary, Pride Month, LGBT rights and the work that remains.
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Q&A with Fletcher Alumna Erin Clancy (F09)

As part of Fletcher’s Pride Month 2021 celebration, alumna Erin Clancy offers reflections on her journey from Fletcher to Facebook, LGBTI rights on a global scale, and what gives her hope for the future.
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My Story: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride 

Tufts students, faculty, and staff describe being visible, fighting discrimination, and finding joy in community.
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Revisiting an Important Conversation 

During last year’s Pride Month celebration, Fletcher shared a robust conversation between Fletcher’s Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies Kimberly Theidon and Nicholas Cicchinelli, a MALD graduate pursuing a PhD in Gender & Intersectional Analysis. In it, they explored topics ranging from gender analysis in international affairs to the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ communities to the politics of asylum decisions. 

Because issues like these are as relevant today as they were one year ago, and because Fletcher prides itself on academic excellence in related courses of study, we invite you to take another look at this important conversation: 

Fletcher Insights #Pride2020: A Discussion On Connecting Queer Theory and International Relations

Follow along with the conversation as #FletcherProf Kim Theidon & incoming #FletcherPhD Nicholas Cicchinelli (F20) sit down today to discuss connecting queer theory and gender analysis in #internationalaffairs. #Pride2020 Learn more about the gender analysis field of study at Fletcher here: Learn about more resources and the discussion of other intersectional aspects of the crisis here: Learn more about Pride @ Fletcher here:

Posted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University on Friday, June 26, 2020