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Queer and Present Danger

Understanding the Disparate Impacts of Disasters on LGBTQ+ Communities

Thu, 12/02/2021 – 11:00am



This webinar will feature findings from a new study that explores how and why LGBTQ+ communities are impacted legally, psychologically, physically, and even theologically during disasters. The Director of External Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will serve as discussant.


  • Leo Goldsmith, Climate and Health Specialist, ICF Consulting, and Graduate Researcher at Yale University
  • Vanessa Raditz, Co-founder, Queer Ecojustice Project, and Graduate Researcher at the University of Georgia
  • Kevin Blanchard, Director of Disaster Risk Reduction Dynamics
  • Michael Méndez, UC Irvine Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
  • Justin Knighten, Director of External Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency