GREENVILLE, N.C. — During the last weekend of July, East Carolina University hosted the 2017 Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism that educated participants on the two-way relationship between the media and culture and gender identity, the Reflector reported.
Beginning in 1989, the Console-ing Passions’ founders sought to create an environment to explore issues and offer a place for scholarly presentations. They held their first conference in 1992 at the University of Iowa.
Participants use the time to discuss and expand awareness on key topics. Panel sessions this year included such themes as “Queer Representation in Music and Television” and others.
The hosts also used HB2 and its partial repeal to highlight the bills influences across the state. In fact, signage was available for restrooms that welcomed participants’ choice throughout the building and demonstrated inclusivity and acceptance.
The conference featured two lunchtime roundtables devoted to discussion of LGBTQ-related legislation in North Carolina, the Reflector shared, which supported the mission of rallying community members to engage in dialogue about gender identity and representation, civil rights and public policy. To that end, a fundraiser was held for the university’s LGBT Resource Office to support student scholarship.
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