GEI: Discussions on Gender

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The Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) Discussions on Gender is a semester long reading community that facilitates an open dialogue on gender, and gender diversity as a professional development, educational resource, and community support to increase prevention efforts focused on sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence and stalking, healthy LGBTQIA+ relationships, and bystander awareness.

GEI: Discussions on Gender is a community for those that have some experience or previous education in gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity and would like the opportunity to learn more through discussion with others. This reading group specifically focuses on gender expansive content and non-binary authors.

To join GEI: Discussions on Gender or to get more information on additional group read and reflections facilitated by the Sloss Center please email Andra at 

Spring 2022 

GEI Discussion for Spring 2022 has 10 available spots. We will be reading Freshwater and Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi. Discussions of Freshwater will be held Feburary 21 - 25 and Discussions of Dear Senthuran will be held April 25 - 29. 

Sign-up closed for Spring 2022: email with questions. 



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GEI: Discussion on Gender and Sexuality in Horror

GEI: Discussion on Gender and Sexuality in Horror is a special book discussion for the Spring 2022 semester. Participants will be given two short books (200 pages): The Worm and His Kings and Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper. A virtual book discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at 6pm central with Hailey Piper discussing her writing style, how she discusses gender and sexuality in horror, the creation of LGBTQIA+ themes and characters, and how she's working to make horror "Gay AF." Link for the discussion will be available on April 20th. 


Hailey Piper is the author of The Worm and His Kings, Queen of Teeth, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, and Benny Rose the Cannibal King. She is an active member of the HWA, with over seventy short stories appearing in various podcasts, websites, magazines, and anthologies. She lives with her wife in Maryland, where their paranormal research is classified. Find Hailey at or on Twitter via @HaileyPiperSays.