The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the LGBTQ Business Council of the Lehigh Valley Chamber presents a book talk with Carlos A. Ball, author of The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally on June 18, 2020 at 6pm.
Carlos A. Ball is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School, in The Queering of Corporate America, Professor Ball tells the overlooked story of how LGBTQ activism aimed at corporations since the Stonewall riots helped turn them from enterprises either indifferent to or openly hostile toward sexual minorities and transgender individuals into reliable and powerful allies of the movement for queer equality. As a result of street protests and boycotts during the 1970s, AIDS activism directed at pharmaceutical companies in the 1980s, and the push for corporate nondiscrimination policies and domestic partnership benefits in the 1990s, LGBTQ activism changed big business’s understanding and treatment of the queer community. By the 2000s, corporations were frequently and vigorously promoting LGBTQ equality, both within their walls and in the public sphere. Large companies have been crucial allies in promoting marriage equality and opposing anti-LGBTQ regulations such as transgender bathroom laws.
Professor Ball has authored or edited 11 books and 9 book chapters on LGBT rights, he also worked as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and taught at the University of Illinois College of Law and Penn State School of Law.
A book signing will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Book talks at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober social events. No alcohol will be present.
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