For a short time up until 2000, there was a parallel group independent of Queer McGill which was called the Queer Grad Caucus. It was founded and run by Stephen D. When Jen D arrived at McGill in 2002, it had faded into oblivion, but she tried to get it up and running again with varying degrees of success.
The original point of this mailing list was to allow queer graduate students at McGill to communicate with each other and form a new group. Graduate students can not hold positions on the Queer McGill executive because it falls under SSMU, and we fall under PGSS. Graduate students also have different concerns than undergrads in terms of being queer in academia.
Due to busy grad student schedules, the group has tended to be a semi-regular social group. We don't have an executive structure, so anyone who wants to suggest an activity (or organize one!) is more than welcome to do so. Typically we meet for drinks, movies, and other social excursions. Jen D, now a postdoc, still manages the listserv, but has not had time for quite a while to organize activities. During the 2006-07 academic year, Travis and Liz have tended to lead the way. Anyone and everyone should feel free, however, to suggest/organize a get-together. At present, regular get-togethers for drinks at Thomson House take place on the 1st of every month during the school year.
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- Sep 17, 2002
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