22nd Annual LGBTQ+ and Ally Community Pancake Recap

22nd Annual LGBTQ+ and Ally Community Pancake Recap

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
attendees at the pancake breakfast

I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.         ~Janet Mock 

On April 9, allies and GLBTQ+ faculty, staff and students filled the MUB Granite State Room for their 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast, co-sponsored by the Kidder Fund and the GLBT commission comprised of volunteers from across campus, celebrates those who foster awareness of current issues. 

Keynote speaker Assistant Mayor of Portsmouth Jim Splaine is recognized for his career focus in non-profits, which began when he was first elected to the NH State Legislature in1968 while a junior at UNH. He asked his audience members to consider what equal rights means to them. He asked them to reflect on their prejudices and to examine how they learned those prejudices.  

President Mark Huddleston presented the Kidder Faculty Award for outstanding efforts in advancing opportunities for those whose sexual orientation, gender identity or expression differ from the majority in our culture. Award recipient Joelle Ruby Ryan, a graduate of UNH, first worked in the role of advocate as a student here in the 1990s, promoting transgender inclusion and now works to establish conferences and collaborative programs to benefit the entire UNH community. 

As a lecturer in the women’s studies program, Ryan consistently offers insights and promotes discussion on a variety of social justice and scholarly issues that change the way a student views the world and helps them to identify all forms of gender oppression. 

Commission co-chairs Shannon Marthouse and Sem Moundas presented a Pink Triangle Award for leadership in creating equity and visibility for the GLBTQ+ community to Holly Cashman, interim chair of the department of languages, literatures, and cultures and women’s studies core faculty member. Cashman has built awareness of homophobic language embedded in our communication and has developed a 700/800 level course “Deconstructing Sexist, Racist & Homophobic Discourse in Spanish”.

The commission to address GLBT issues was established in 2003 to work with allies toward building a stronger, more welcoming community. Commission activities are an integral part of the university’s strategic goal to build inclusive excellence in our learning community.