Peace & Possibility Series

These programs are made possible through the generous support of the Jane and Tami Marquardt Peace and Possibility Project

Peace and Possibility Speakers Series

The Peace and Possibility Speaker Series aims to bring high-profile LGBTQ+ leaders and advocates to campus to provide cultural opportunities, enhance the "welcomeness" and inclusion of campus, and cultivate our ally community. Along with sharing the stories of prominent LGBTQ+ leaders, we also like to highlight the experiences and talents of our LGBTQ+ students.

Every year as part of the Peace and Possibility Speaker Series, we host an essay writing competition. The winners of the competition receive a scholarship reward. We have had some wonderful and inspiring essays shared with us. They are listed below the keynote speeches of our tremendous guests.

Spring 2024 Keynote Speaker: Erin Reed

From History To Headlines: Trans Rights And Resistance In The Modern Rainbow Scare

Date: March 14, 1-2 p.m.

Location: WSU Ogden, Wildcat Theater

This event is free and registration is required.

Erin Reed

Erin Reed (she/her) is a transgender journalist based in Washington, D.C.. She tracks LGBTQ+ legislation around the United States for her subscription newsletter, Her work has been cited by the AP, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many more major media outlets. You can follow her on twitter and tiktok @ErinInTheMorn.

Join us for a presentation by a distinguished transgender journalist, Erin Reed. In "From History to Headlines: Trans Rights and Resistance in the Modern Rainbow Scare," we delve into the rich history of transgender existence, underscoring its integral role in the human experience as well as the many challenges transgender people have faced throughout time. We will trace the journey from historical presence to current cultural moments, shedding light on the specific laws and societal dynamics impacting the transgender community today. We will navigate the modern 'Rainbow Scare,' with the aim to improve understanding of the lived realities and strategic considerations transgender individuals face daily. We will culminate with insights on advocacy and how to support the transgender people in your life.

"I am thrilled to share this space with all LGBTQ+ people and allies and hope to foster an insightful and empowering event for all."

For more information or to request accommodations in relation to a disability, contact Jessica Fisher at

Previous Keynote Addresses

Wade Davis | 2019

Bruce Bastian | 2018

Kate Kendall | 2017