Urvashi Vaid To Speak At Hamilton College
An attorney, Vaid is a nationally acclaimed leader with more than 15 years ofexperience in the gay and lesbian movement. She is one of the co-founders ofthe annual Creating Change conference, which remains the only nationalgay political gathering in the United States, and was one of the organizers ofthe 1993 March on Washington. Vaid also helped to organize the gay and lesbiancommunity's presence at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 political conventions. In1991, she was voted Advocate magazine's Woman of the Year, and in 1994,Time magazine named her as one of the 50 key leaders under 40 in theUnited States, and one of the 100 key leaders internationally.
Vaid is also the author of the award-winning book, Virtual Equality: TheMainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation, in which she argues that thestatus of gays and lesbians is one of "virtual equality," or a conditionalacceptance based more on appearances than on actual civil equality. Publishedin the fall of 1995, Virtual Equality was the winner of the AmericanLibrary Association's Gay Nonfiction Book Award in 1996 and was a finalist forthe 1996 Lambda Literary Award.
A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Vaid also has served as astaff attorney for the National Prison Project of the American Civil LibertiesUnion and is responsible for initiating the project's ongoing work to supportinmates with HIV and AIDS.