My Internship At The Institute For Lgbt Studies At The

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My internship at the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona has been time well-spent this semester. Not only did I create valuable professional relationships and work in a real-world office setting, but I also was able to experience what it was like to work in a field related to my major. Every day at my internship I learned something new about LGBT studies and after work every day I felt satisfied and accomplished. This past semester I was also enrolled in Introduction to LGBT Studies with Professor Galarte, and I feel that course complimented my internship very well. The intersections between my internship and Introduction to LGBT Studies were often perfect, with the course material coinciding on a weekly basis with…show more content…
Every time I was introduced to a new concept in class, I was immediately able to utilize it when listening to a Deep Dish lecture or at a QUARTZ event. From the beginning of the semester it was clear that my internship and this course would work well together and enhance my understanding of what I learned in both settings. One of my favorite Deep Dish Lunch Lectures was with Professor Fenton Johnson in February. His Deep Dish lecture topic was “Where Have We Come From, What Are We, Where Are We Going? LGBT Publishing and Activism in the 21st Century.” I feel that this lecture had several clear connections to my coursework that I recognized in the moment and some connections that are now more obvious to me after completing the course. Professor Johnson described his endeavors as an author at a time when the LGBT community wasn’t as widely accepted and represented in mainstream media as it is now. Professor Johnson’s lecture was inspiring and insightful. He discussed LGBT representation, LGBT history (especially during the AIDS epidemic), and touched on the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. Professor Johnson’s lecture sparked conversation about whether or not the Supreme Court ruling accomplished enough for the LGBT community. At the time, I was unaware of how the ruling could be something that wasn’t an all-around win for the community, but after being introduced to queer politics
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