Department

Communication

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Spring 2020

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I wrote a research paper articulating the prevalence of racism in the LGBTQ community. In my paper, I rhetorically analyzed the black and brown striped pride flag to examine the discourse it has created. Using theories from McGee’s diachronic dimension, Gramsci’s concept of hegemony, and McKerrow’s critique of domination, I summarized that the pride flag has been a branded symbol for the community. The new pride flag was created to disrupt this branded symbol and protest the racism black and brown queer individuals experience. I further discuss the pride flag’s ever-changing ideology, how racist members reinterpret the new flag’s intention, and its implications. Additionally, I presented my research paper at the 2020 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Asexual College Conference. I discussed my findings and shared narratives of my encounter with racism in the community. Additionally, I confronted oppressors and conducted a discussion. This photo was captured during my presentation. The picture is a symbolic representation of my protest, because I am standing in front of the new pride flag to show my resiliency and pride of being a person of color in the LGBTQ community.

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