Against equality - Dunedin visit - Black Star Books, 111 Upper Moray Place


Ryan Conrad's multi-media talks focus on dissecting the three cornerstone issues of the mainstream gay and lesbian rights movement in the United States: marriage, military inclusion, and hate crime legislation.

Against Equality is an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.

Ryan Conrad is an outlaw artist and academic from Maine, USA. He is the co-founder of the Against Equality archives and continues his involvement in the project as a member of the editorial collective. He is the editor of the collective's anthology series that are compiled together in Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion (2014). His work as a visual and performing artist has been exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia, and across the United States and Canada. He continues to write for both academic and non-academic presses as well as present his written and visual work at academic and activist conferences. All his work is archived on along with his record of work as a community activist and organizer. Conrad is currently a Sexuality Studies PhD candidate at Concordia University in Montréal and holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art.


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