Common Ground

LGBTQIA History, Equity and Current Issues


In this episode, Ethan explores topics such as equity, and current issues facing the LGBTQIA community. Joining the discussion is Sac State professors Dr. Cara Jones, Dr. Tristan Josephson, and Dr. Maria Elena Vargas.

About the guests:
Cara E. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at CSUS where she studies chronic, dynamic disabilities from a feminist disability justice perspective. She teaches courses on Gender & Health and Disability Studies. Her work has been published in The Journal of Lesbian Studies, Radical Teacher, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Adhesions: Framing Endometriosis as Gendered Disability, which reframes the historical construction of endometriosis as the “career woman’s disease” to a gendered disability.

Dr. Tristan Josephson teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Sac State and is the faculty advisor for the LGBTQ Studies minor. His teaching and research interests include trans studies and politics, immigration law and policy, and transnational feminist studies.

Dr. Maria Elena Vargas is an assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies department focusing on Chicanx studies. Her work focuses on transnational and decolonial approaches that challenge the impunity of racialized femicides or hyper-sexualized racial violence towards indigenous women in Guatemala. Her areas of specialization include Central American studies, Women and Gender studies, and Decolonial studies.

Song: On The Verge by Joseph McDade