Photo of Dr. Kaila Aidia Story. Text reads Women's History Month Wednesday March 23 12:15 PM Virtual ZoomJoin Gender & Sexuality Programs today for the official Women’s History Month Keynote with Dr. Kaila Adia Story. The event will take place on Zoom at 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Kaila Adia Story is an associate professor in the departments of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Pan-African Studies, and the Audre Lorde Endowed Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville. She is also the co-creator, co-producer and co-host of WFPL’s Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture & Black Gay Life, an award-winning eight year running weekly podcast focusing on social justice and pop culture. Dr. Story was also a part of NBC’s inaugural #Pride30, which featured LGBTQIA+ community leaders and change makers.

Dr. Story’s research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to Black feminism, Black lesbians, and Black queer identity. Her current research explores the intersections of race, class, and sexuality in identity performance, mass media, body politics, and the like. Dr. Story’s other research interests include, but are not limited to: Gender Socialization, Transnational Sexualities, Black feminisms, and Transnational Feminisms.

Dr. Story’s talk will focus on the works and activism of Miss Major, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Shane Ortega. All of whom have worked and continue to work to​ change the ideological and sociopolitical contours of America, by foregrounding their intersectional identities and experiences in their works and activism. All of them show how our fight for our freedom starts with ourselves.

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