Tiq Milan, 'A Man by My Own Design' – Monday, Oct. 1

Monday, Oct. 1

Tiq Milan, “A Man by My Own Design: Reimagining Masculinity from a Trans Experience”
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture 

Writer, speaker and activist Tiq Milan talks about his experience as a Black trans man navigating masculinity with intentionality. In a society where gender roles often lead to toxic masculinity, Milan discusses being a “man of his own design” where he re-constructs masculinity from a feminist perspective.

Tiq Milan has been an advocate and media maker in the LGBT community for more than a decade. An educator and mentor, Milan also carved a niche for himself as an advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He has won several awards from organizations including The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, Black Transman Advocacy Inc., The National Trans Latina Coalition and The National Pride Index. He’s also been recognized by BET, Ebony Magazine, and MTV.

The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture is a gift from the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, started by Lauren’s parents, Malcolm Astley and Mary Dunne. Lauren Dunne Astley attended Elon’s spring 2011 orientation and was to have been a member of Elon’s Class of 2015. In July 2011, Lauren was murdered by her former boyfriend, who was sentenced to life in prison for his crime. Lauren’s name stands for the 3-4 women who are killed by their partners every day in the United States.

Directed by Elon’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies program in partnership with other University offices and programs, the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture may feature speakers, workshops, or other educational program format that speaks to mutually effective relationships, emphasizing preventing boys’ and men’s violence against girls and women and other boys and men.. Through this gift and the programs it supports, Lauren and her story will have meaningful impact on Elon’s community.

Sponsored by the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture Endowment, The Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, Women’s, Gender & Sexualities Studies, the Gender & LGBTQIA Center, and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education.