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Brown University’s workshop on gay sex will segregate participants by race

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Robby Soave
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Students at Brown University will host a workshop called “Protect me from what I desire,” which purports to help gay minority students resist their same-sex attractions to white people.

The event is sponsored by the Comprehensive Allyship Network, and will take place on April 8th. Though it will feature conversations about many aspects of gay sexuality, the dominant theme will be racial, according to the event’s Facebook page.

“Some of us… find ourselves falling always for the white queers or other bodies that possess dominant power, wishing we could have more agency in the process, be more intentional about who we desire and how,” the page reads.

Students will be segregated by race for a portion of the event. White students will be in one group, and persons of color in another. Organizers described this session as “intentional, anti-racist, and feminist.”

In addition to confronting white supremacy, the workshop will also explore how “ableism, capitalism, and heteronormativity,” impact same-sex desire.

CAN is not an official student group at Brown University. The events and student activities departments did not know about the event, according to Campus Reform.

CAN did not respond to requests for comment.

Alok Vaid-Menon, a South Asian activist who will participate in the workshop, wrote on the Facebook wall for the event that attendees should “plan on a workshop that will make you gag (in all the right ways).”

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