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WGBH FORUM NETWORK | JUNE 23, 2014

Walters explains why we are not a “post-gay society,” though gay marriage has long been held the standard of equality. She talks about how the idea of tolerance – the idea of tolerating something rather than embracing – is holding society back.
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WORT RADIO | JUNE 23, 2014

Professor Walters is scheduled for a 1pm interview on Madison, Wisconsin’s “A Public Affair” radio show.
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OUTBEAT RADIO NEWS | JUNE 22, 2014

Professor Walters will be interviewed by Outbeat News In Depth, Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 8pm.
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MSNBC.COM | JUNE 20, 2014

Professor Walters talks with Speak Out! on MSNBC.
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KGNU | JUNE 20, 2014

Professor Walters speaks with Kathy Partridge of Morning Magazine.
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OUT.COM | JUNE 20, 2014

Author Suzanna Danuta Walters says we should demand equality—but don’t use the argument that we’re ‘born this way’ as the reason.
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KOOP | JUNE 19, 2014

Suzanna Walters’s Interview on Rag Radio Friday, KOOP – Austin, TX.
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WPFW | JUNE 18, 2014

Professor Walters speaks with Verna Avery Brown.
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UPRISING RADIO PART 2 | JUNE 17, 2014

Part 2 of the conversation with Professor Walters.
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LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW | JUNE 17, 2014

Over the last few decades, American society has become increasingly tolerant of gay culture: being gay is no longer seen as negative by many people and the gay community is represented in television, film, politics, and more. However, -Walters (sociology, Northeastern Univ.; All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America) argues successfully that this is not enough to achieve true respect and fair treatment for the gay community.
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UPRISING.ORG | JUNE 16, 2014

Northeastern University Sociology Professor Suzanna Walters has a problem with this approach. She maintains that using the “born-this-way” approach to gay liberation reduces the LGBT movement to one that will be happy with “tolerance” or “acceptance” by mainstream American society. But is tolerance something worth fighting for? In asking to be tolerated, aren’t gay rights advocates simply asking society to tolerate the LGBT community like one tolerates anything that is uncomfortable or undesirable?
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NEW YORK MAGAZINE - SCIENCE OF US | JUNE 16, 2014

“It’s not a choice!” is a fundamental refrain of the gay-rights movement often echoed by both gay rights activists themselves and their allies. It adds a stark, clear line to the debate: You, the anti-gay-rights person, are punishing people for something they have no control over, just like their gender or the color of their skin.
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CHUCK MORSE SPEAKS | JUNE 15, 2014

Chuck Morse is joined by Suzanna Danuta Walters, author of “The Tolerance Trap – How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are sabotaging Gay Equality” in what Chuck hopes is the first in a series of respectful debates.
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WFAN | JUNE 14, 2014

Dr. Walters speaks with Bob Salter on WFAN.
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3QS WITH PROFESSOR SUZANNA WALTERS NORTHEASTERN CSSH | JUNE 13, 2014

In her new book The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, And Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality, Suzanna Walters, a professor of sociology and the director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, argues that the plea for tolerance has sabotaged the full integration of gay men and women into American life. Here, Walters, who is currently on tour promoting the book, explains why tolerance stifles—rather than promotes—genuine equality.
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HUFFINGTON POST | JUNE 13, 2014

Josh takes a look at the top LGBT news stories of the week, including America’s most LGBT-friendly cities, Scott Esk’s comments on killing homosexuals, Suzanna Danuta Walters’ book “The Tolerance Trap,” and Laverne Cox on “OITNB.”
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WHY THIS AUTHOR THINKS THE LGBT COMMUNITY SHOULDN’T SETTLE FOR TOLERANCE HUFFINGTON POST | JUNE 13, 2014

Josh discusses the book “The Tolerance Trap” by Suzanna Danuta Walters.
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LEFT BUSINESS OBSERVER NEWS | JUNE 12, 2014

Suzanna Danuta Walters, author of The Tolerance Trap, argues against queer embourgeoisement.
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ALLY REVIEWS THE TOLERNCE TRAP PAPERBLOG | JUNE 12, 2014

In Suzanna Danuta Waltersʼs The Tolerance Trap, I was taken on a journey through the personal, popular, and political. And the first thing I learned? Tolerance is not acceptance is not inclusion is not integration. All right, let me break it down.
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CONVERSATIONS LIVE! | JUNE 10, 2014

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Suzanna D. Walters to Conversations LIVE to discuss her new book The Tolerance Trap.
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THE LIBERAL FIX ON BLOGTALK RADIO LIBERAL FIX ON BLOGTALK RADIO | JUNE 7, 2014

This episode features an interview with Suzanna Walters, Sociology Professor and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies at Northeastern University. She is the author of The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality.
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THINKING OUT LOUD – FEMINIST EDITION WUML | JUNE 6, 2014

Professor Walters speaks with Thinking Out Loud on WUML Lowell, MA.
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BEHIND THE NEWS - KPFA | JUNE 5, 2014

Professor Walters will appear on Behind the News.
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THE MONCRIEFF SHOW | JUNE 5, 2014

Dr. Walters interviews on the Moncrieff Show.
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THE DAVID PAKMAN SHOW | JUNE 3, 2014

Suzanna Walters, author of The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality, and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, joins David to discuss her claim that gay marriage is too low of a bar for LGBT equality.
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THE ATLANTIC | JUNE 3, 2014

It is a big leap from thinking that homosexuality is a deep part of one’s sense of self to asserting that particular sexual formations and desires are biologically predetermined.
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SPEAKING OF WELLNESS - KAOS | JUNE 2, 2014

Dr. Walters speaks with John Ford of ‘Speaking of Wellness’ on KAOS.
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CONVERSATIONS WITH PETER SOLOMON WIP AM/FM | JUNE 1, 2014

Professor Walters discusses The Tolerance Trap on the air with Peter Solomon in Philadelphia.
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THE ANITA RUFUS SHOW | JUNE 1, 2014

Suzanna Walters discusses her controversial book “The Tolerance Trap” and makes the important case — for the GLBT population and the rest of us — the tolerance isn’t equality!
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THE WIMMIN'S MUSIC PROGRAM - KKUP | JUNE 1, 2014

Professor Walter’s speaks with Laura Rinaldi of The Wimmin’s Music Program on KKUP.
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RADIO WITH A VIEW - WMBR | JUNE 1, 2014

Professor Walters gives on interview on her new book on Radio With a View.
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AUTHOR QUESTIONS CULTURE OF TOLERANCE IN NEW BOOK PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS | MAY 29, 2014

We know this year has seen a number of LGBT-related milestones, like marriage equality becoming legal in Pennsylvania and other states, and we have recently seen gay athletes make strides in the world of professional sports … but don’t get comfortable.
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THE MATTHEW FILIPOWICZ SHOW - PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL TALK | MAY 29, 2014

Professor Walters speaks with Matthew Filipowicz.
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THE PETER COLLINS SHOW | MAY 29, 2014

Suzanna Danuta Walters is Director of Northeastern U.’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology, and joins us to talk about her new book The Tolerance Trap. Warning: the book and this interview may disturb conventional thinking, and mess with your mind!
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JEFF SCHECTMAN'S 'SPECIFIC GRAVITY' | MAY 23, 2014

Fifty years ago the nation passed the Civil Rights Act. Six years ago we elected an African American as President of the United States. Yet contrary to the hopes of many, we do not live in a post racial society. While gay rights and gay marriage are often seen as the civil right issues of our time, and yes, remarkable progress has been made, we are also far from a post gay or post gender world.
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BAY AREA REPORTER | MAY 22, 2014

With all the excitement following the end of the military’s DADT and the Supreme Court decisions validating same-sex marriage, it would seem the gay rights movement has succeeded. According to some commentators, we are now living in a post-gay era. Not so fast, argues Suzanna Walters in her engaging sociological analysis. LGBT people are in danger of settling for “an illusion of progress that is rooted in a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a deep claim for full citizenship, civil rights, and inclusion.” In her nuanced examination punctuated with snarky wit and biting polemic, Walters critiques the idea of tolerance. The late Middle English origins of the word “tolerate” mean “to bear pain and hardship.” The word implies something negative, so if we say we tolerate homosexuality, there is something wrong about it. Also, this leaves mainstream institutions and practices unchanged. The book aims to refute tolerance as the path to real change for LGBT people. Walters makes a convincing case that while there has been monumental change for LGBT rights in the last 15 years, we still have a long way to go.
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TOLERANCE – THE CLOSET PROFESSOR | MAY 21, 2014

The following is excerpted from Suzanna Danuta Walters’s article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, “The Incomplete Rainbow.” Suzanna Danuta Walters is a professor of sociology and director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University. Her new book is The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality, just published by New York University Press. She offers and interesting and thought provoking look at the meaning of tolerance. After reading it, I had to share it. This is not the whole review article, which can be found at: “The Incomplete Rainbow.”
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AN INCOMPLETE RAINBOW – CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION | MAY 19, 2014

Professor Walters reflects on the state of LGBT rights. Find the article here: An Incomplete Rainbow – Chronicle of Higher Education
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FOR BETTER AND FOR WORSE | MAY 19, 2014

Sociologist and gender studies scholar Suzanna Walters explores how the framework of tolerance—and the marriage mania that depends on it—actively undermines robust queer inclusion and freedom
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SMART PEOPLE PODCAST | MAY 18, 2014

Professor Walters talks with the Smart People Podcast.
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WILL THIS GAY MARRIAGE FIGHT BE THE ONE THAT GOES TO THE SUPREME COURT? | MAY 14, 2014

All eyes are on Virginia, where the three-judge panel of a federal appeals court heard impassioned arguments on Tuesday that challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage. The judges’ decision won’t only affect Virginia and possibly other states in the court’s jurisdiction but could take the issue of gay marriage to the Supreme Court.
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WEDDING BELLS IN LITTLE ROCK – TAKEPART.COM | MAY 12, 2014

Suzanna Walters, author of The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality, cautions that while gay marriage successes are making headlines, gay rights still have a long way to go in this country. “While we all celebrate another state added to the justice column, we should never forget that gay marriage is not the same as gay rights writ large: We still can’t pass ENDA, gay youth are still disproportionately homeless and at risk, queer and transgender folks are still the target of violence and cruelty, and homophobia is a remnant of a past we have to overcome,” Walters said.
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REVIEW: THE TOLERANCE TRAP PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY | APRIL 14, 2014

“In this lively scholarly work, Northeastern University sociologist Walters (All the Rage) manages the rare trick of producing a feast for the mind that is also incredibly funny and humane.”
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THE LIMITS OF TOLERANCE AND WHY IT ISN’T ENOUGH KIRKUS REVIEWS | APRIL 2, 2014

“In her thorough and engaging study, Walters examines the well-intended but wrongheaded fight for tolerance by LGBT leaders and organizations, as well as lawmakers’ pursuit of the same.”
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THE TOLERANCE TRAP – KCBX | MARCH 14, 2014

Dr. Suzanna Walters explores how notions of tolerance limit the possibilities for real liberation and deep social belonging. Her work centers on questions of gender, sexuality, family, and popular culture.
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IDEASPHERE ON PRX | MARCH 14, 2014

Dr. Suzanna Walters explores how notions of tolerance limit the possibilities for real liberation and deep social belonging. Her work centers on questions of gender, sexuality, family, and popular culture.
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WHAT IS WRONG WITH TOLERANCE? NORTHEASTERN CSSH | MARCH 14, 2014

Professor Walters speaks at the Northeastern University conference ‘From Patriarchy to Pussy Riot: Gender, Sexuality & Global Citizenship’.
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY HUMANITIES CENTER COLLOQUIUM SERIES | MARCH 5, 2014

Professor Walters presents at the Faculty Works in Progress colloquium series.
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GAY RIGHTS AFTER GAY MARRIAGE – CIVIC SUSTAINABILITY SERIES, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY | FEBRUARY 26, 2014

Professor Walters on a panel with Chief Justice Roderick Ireland and Mary Bonauto discussing gay rights after gay marriage.
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PBS NEWSHOUR DEBATE ON ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” | FEBRUARY 23, 2010

Professor Walters weighs in on the debate over the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the military.
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Women Take the Reel Film Festival Screening: A Girl Like Her

March 12th: 7:30 pm, 135 Shillman Hall

Join us for a screening of documentary film A GIRL LIKE HER, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Ann Fessler. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by WGSS, the Humanities Center, and the Departments of Human Services, History, and Sociology & Anthropology. It is a part of the month-long "Women Take the Reel Film Festival", which is sponsored by the Graduate Consortium for Women's Studies in celebration of Women's History Month.

For a complete university screening schedule, click here.

From Patriarchy to Pussy Riot: Gender, Sexuality, and Global Citizenship

March 14th: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm with a reception to follow, Cabral Center, 40 Leon Street, Boston, MA (Northeastern University)
A day-long symposium featuring panels on the theme of sexual citizenship, presented by the WGSS program and the Forum for Feminist Thought and co-sponsored by the Sexual Citizenship Collaborative Research Cluster, the Humanities Center, the International Affairs Program, the School of Law, and the Departments of Communications Studies, English, Political Science, and Sociology & Anthropology. Space is limited! Registration is required by March 1. For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

Globalization of Science: A Gender Perspective

March 27th: 3:30 pm, 310R1 Renaissance Park
Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. For questions, contact Meghan Brisson in the Humanities Center at me.brisson@neu.edu

A Revolutionary Moment: Women's Liberation in the late 1960s and early 1970s

March 27th-29th, Boston University

This 3 day conference will engage with political, intellectual, artistic, literary, legal, and personal elements of the movement, and especially with the ways in which these elements intertwined and often reinforced each other. Films of and about the movement will be screened and a signature play of the period will be performed. Linda Gordon, University Professor of the Humanities and Florence Kelley Professor of History at New York University, will deliver the conference keynote address. Tickets are $65 (standard) or $20 (student/senior citizen) For more information go to wgs@bu.edu or call (617) 358-2370.

Free Speech and Reproductive Rights: Friend or Foe?

April 25th: time and location TBD
Join us for this symposium hosted by the Program on Health Policy and Law.