LGBTQ Center Director
They provide education, advocacy and support to the LGBTQ community and puts into perspective gender identity and sexual orientation issues.
Mazaris is the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where they also teach in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. They provide education, advocacy, and support to the campus community around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation and serves on Wake Forest’s diversity and inclusion leadership team. Since the… Read More »
Mazaris is the founding director of the LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University, where they also teach in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. They provide education, advocacy, and support to the campus community around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation and serves on Wake Forest’s diversity and inclusion leadership team. Since the passage of North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2), they have provided expert commentary for a wide range of national and regional media outlets including Fox News, Charlotte Observer, WFDD, The Advocate and the Winston-Salem Journal.
Mazaris’ teaching and research focus on LGBTQ history, queer theory, public history, and gender studies. While at Brown, they held a Jacob Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education and served as the first Coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center. Before coming to Wake Forest, Mazaris served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Internal Revenue Service and the National Park Service, where they developed agency-wide inclusion and diversity initiatives and prepared policy recommendations. At the IRS, the oversaw a special emphasis program for LGBTQ issues – a first for the agency.
March 30, 2017
“For the past year, North Carolina has worn the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act—more commonly known as House Bill 2 or HB2—like a national badge of shame. This so-called bathroom bill, passed with no advance notice by special legislative session in March 2016 and signed into law by former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, specifically targeted the state’s transgender population, making it a crime for people to use restrooms in public facilities that don’t match the sex marked on their birth certificate,” wrote Mazaris.
Special Report with Bret Baier
May 5, 2016
“In addition to putting millions of federal education funding at risk, we’ve already seen a $500 million economic impact to our state – everything from a cancelled expansion of PayPal facilities in Charlotte to the cancellation of Bruce Springsteen.”
Areas of Expertise
- All Gender Restrooms
- Bathroom Bill
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Gay Marriage
- Gay Rights
- Gender Studies
- LGBTQ History
- LGBTQ Issues
- LGBTQ Rights
- Public History
- Queer Theory
- Transgender Issues
Brown University: Ph.D., American Studies
Vassar College: B.A., EnglishContact
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