Featured guests Robin McHaelen, Founder and Executive Director of True Colors, and Dr. Evelyn Phillips, Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University led a conversation on the importance and impact of language. Discussion included the use of language in social justice work, language as a marker of identity, and language as a tool to demean or depress. Ms. McHaelen remarked that language can be used as a tool to divide, but also to empower. She described how language has been important for the LGBTQ community in defining and shaping their identities. Professor Phillips described code-switching, when people intentionally change their language for different situations. Participants agreed that language is malleable and changes over time and place.
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