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Rockford University Forum Series: Trans and immigrant rights activist Jennicet Gutiérrez

03/14/2018 10:16 am

ROCKFORD — Rockford University’s Spring 2018 Forum Series continues with a free lecture from transgender and immigrant rights activist Jennicet Gutiérrez on Wednesday, March 21.

Transgender and Immigrant Rights in the
Fight for Liberations: Jennicet Gutiérrez

Wednesday, March 21, 3 p.m.
Regents Hall, Burpee Student Center

Jennicet Gutiérrez, best known for shedding light on the plight of transgender women in immigration detention centers through her organization FAMILIA: TQLM (Trans Queer Liberation Movement), is a transgender activist from México who resides in Los Angeles.

She burst onto the national scene in the summer of 2015, when she interrupted then-President Barack Obama during a speech in honor of Pride month to call attention to the struggles of transgender immigrant women. Gutiérrez believes in the importance of uplifting and centering the voices of trans women of color in all racial justice work.

With the exception of Performing Arts events, the Forum Series is free of charge. Events take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu.

Remaining highlights of this spring’s Forum Series include lessons on forgiveness from a Holocaust survivor and a musical presented in collaboration with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. View the full lineup at www.Rockford.edu/forum.