To join the Committee on LGBTQ+ [Z] Issues in Linguistics, email committee chair Tyler Kibbey.


Established in 2019 as an outgrowth of the LSA Special Interest Group (SIG) on the same topic


  • To help the Society and the profession identify, publicize, and implement ways of improving the recruitment, retention, and professional development of LGBTQ+ linguists.
  • To make recommendations to the Society and the profession concerning ways in which full equality of opportunity can be provided to all who seek to study, teach, or conduct linguistics research.
  • To advocate for inclusive language and practices in the Society’s statements and guidelines as well as at the Society’s events.


The work of the Committee includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Monitoring and advancing the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in linguistics.
  • Proposing to the Executive Committee LSA policies regarding the rights, opportunities, and needs of the LGBTQ+ community in linguistics, as well as evaluating said policies.
  • Maintaining liaison with other organizations concerned with LGBTQ+ diversity and equality in linguistics and allied fields and investigating possibilities for cooperating with such groups on specific projects.
  • Organizing professional development programming to assist LGBTQ+ linguists in advancing their careers.
  • Encouraging and promoting research on language, gender, and sexuality as well as developing professional, academic, and social platforms for said research.
  • Promoting communication, networking, and mentoring between LGBTQ+ students and professional linguists.
  • Promoting the positive recognition of mentoring, advising, and other supportive roles that may take up a disproportionately large contribution of time for the few LGBTQ+ faculty members in the professions and disseminating information about solutions to the problem of overburdening LGBTQ+ faculty in this way.
  • Collecting and disseminating relevant data and resource materials and publicizing the activities of the Committee by all appropriate means.

Content & Resources

LSA Content & Resources

COZIL Blog- Check out these blog posts by LSA members about LGBTQ+ linguistics and issues facing LGBTQ linguists. 

Tyler Kibbey and Lal Zimman led a workshop at the UC Davis 2019 Linguistics Institute on LGBTQ+ advocacy and outreach.

Pride Month News Items, June 2019.

Jeremy Calder, Kirby Conrod, and Tyler Kibbey held a webinar hosted by the LSA in April 2019 on LGBTQ+ Perspectives in Linguistics.

Data from a survey of LGBTQ+ identy in Linguistics was conducted by the SIG's founding members in late 2017 and is included in the LSA's 2017 Annual Report.

Webinar on "Approaching a Queer Dialectology," with Tyler Kibbey, Bryce McCleary, Brent Watts, and Jarrett Hopewell, co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky and COZIL.

  • Appraoching a Queer Dialectology (2020)
    • Queer Folk Linguistics: Language Regard and Intersectional Identity (Bryce McCleary, ppt slides)
    • Root-Rot: Comments on a Rootedness Metric in Relation to Queer Community (Tyler Kibbey, ppt slides)
    • The Man, the Moth, the Legend: The Role and Function of Folklore in Queer Appalachian Social Media Communities (Brent Watts, ppt slides)
    • On the Complexity of Animal Metaphors in Queer Speech (Jarrett Hopewell, ppt slides)

COZIL Sponsored Lectures and Panels for the 2020 Abralin Ao Vivo - Linguists Online! series:

External Resources

Lavender Langauges Institute (Florida Atlantic University)

The Lavender Languages Institute offers an amazing 2 weeks of intense conversation between people deeply invested in work with LGBTQ+ linguistics,  language ethnography, theory-building, and  applications of language-related insights to practical problem-solving. Please direct any questions about the Institute program to [email protected] or [email protected].


Membership (open)

At least eight members serving three-year terms, including at least one student member. 

Committee Members, 2019

  • Tyler Kibbey, University of Kentucky, Chair (2019-2020)
  • Rusty Barrett, University of Kentucky
  • Nathan Sanders, University of Toronto
  • Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Ohio State University
  • Uri Horesh, University of Essex
  • Margaret Thomas, Boston College
  • Tom Roberts, UC Santa Cruz
  • Claire Bowern, Yale University
  • Gregory Ward, Northwestern University
  • Kelly H. Berkson, Indiana University
  • Samuel Jambrović, University of Toronto
  • Matthew Wagers, UC Santa Cruz
  • Andries Coetzee, University of Michigan
  • Jarrett Preston Champion Hopewell, University of Montana
  • George Aaron Broadwell, University of Florida
  • Bradley Hoot, DePaul University
  • Jillian Murphy, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Evan D. Bradley, Penn State University
  • Pearl Shavzin, City University of New York
  • Kyle Jerro, University of Essex
  • Sonja Lanehart, University of Arizona
  • Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson, Appalachian State University
  • Robin Queen, University of Michigan
  • Andrew Cheng, UC Berkeley
  • Will Leben, Stanford
  • Bryce McCleary, Oklahoma State University (2020-2022)
  • Brett C. Nelson, University of Calgary
  • Chris VanderStouwe, Boise State University
  • Daniel Midgley, Talk the Talk, University of Western Australia
  • Samantha Cornelius, University of Texas Arlington
  • Catherine Anderson, McMaster University (2020-2022)
  • Kathrik Durvasula, MSU
  • Sarah Hercula, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Canaan Breiss, UC Los Angeles
  • Andrew Shibata, UC San Diego
  • Anna Bax, UC Santa Barbara
  • Simon L. Peters, UC Santa Barbara
  • H. Stephen Straight, Binghamton University SUNY
  • Carson Schütze, UC Los Angeles
  • Dennis Storoshenko, University of Calgary
  • Kirby Conrod, University of Washington (2020-2022)
  • Shane Taylor, San Diego State University
  • Kira Hall, UC Boulder
  • Jorge Valdes Kroff, University of Florida
  • Brent Woo, University of Washington
  • Michael Barrie, Sogang University
  • Lauren Ackerman, Newcastle University
  • Alicia Parrish, New York University
  • Sunkulp Ananthanarayan, University of Texas at Austin
  • Sameer ud Dowla Khan, Reed College
  • Keith Langston, University of Georgia
  • Miguel Cuevas-Alonso, University of Vigo
  • Adam J. Royer, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Samantha Prins, University of Montana
  • Archie Crowley, University of South Carolina (2020-2022)
  • J. Inscoe, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2020-2022)

Executive Committee Liaison: Norma Mendoza-Denton

Staff Liaison: David Robinson