NOTE:  The information below is presented for historical information only.  The LGBTQ+ Issues in Linguistics Special Interest Group transitioned in 2019 to the Committee on LGBTQ+ Issues in Linguistics (COZIL).



Formed in 2018.


The SIG meets the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals in the discipline of Linguistics at all levels of education. 

  • Promoting the inclusion of LGBTQ+ linguists into the activities and programming organized by the Linguistic Society of America.
  • Advising the LSA on the needs of its LGBTQ+ membership.
  • Providing networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ linguists at the LSA Annual Meetings and other events.
  • Facillitating mentoring and communication between senior LGBTQ+ linguists and current linguistics graduate students, undergraduate students, and recent graduates.
  • Increasing awareness amongst LGBTQ+ graduate and undegraduate students of LGBTQ+ specific funding opportunities.
  • Advocating for inclusive language in the LSA's guidelines and statements.


  • LGBTQ+ linguists and Allies. Members of the SIG are motivated by the inclusion of diverse voices in the LSA.
  • Linguistics students (at all levels) and graduates, whether as an LGBTQ+ student or as someone interested in research on LGBTQ+ issues.
  • Linguists working on LGBTQ+ questions and issues broadly within the scientific study of language.

Members network and exchange information; discuss and document the application of linguistics and linguistics research in the LGBTQ+ community; provide mentoring for junior scholars, graduates, and undergraduate students; and promote LGBTQ+ diversity in the discipline of Linguistics.


  • Programming at LSA meetings, the LSA Linguistic Institute, including mentoring events, discussions on various LGBTQ+ issues, panels, etc.
  • Occasional events convened by SIG members around topic of interest.
  • LGBTQ+ resources and information on minority specific funding.
  • Advocacy for inclusive language in the LSA's guidelines and policies.


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.

Tyler Kibbey, Jeremy Calder, and Kirby Conrod 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.

SIG Members

Tyler Kibbey, University of Kentucky (Co-Convener)

Rusty Barrett, University of Kentucky (Co-Convener)

Robin Queen, University of Michigan

Lal Zimman, University of Calfornia, Santa Barabra 

Gregory Ward, Northwestern University

Arnold Zwicky, Stanford

Alexandra Gilbert, Arizona State University

Kirby Conrod, University of Washington

James Spizzirro, Boston College

Margaret Thomas, Boston College

Gísli Rúnar Harðarson, University of Iceland

Sameer ud Dowla Khan, Reed College

Kathryn Campbell‐Kibler, Ohio State University

Dannii Yarbrough, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Jeff Renaud, Augustana College

Natalie Weber, University of British Columbia

James G. Mitchell, Salve Regina University

Christopher Dale, Boise State University

Richard Winters, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

H. Stephen Straight, Binghamton University

Will Leben, Stanford University

Jorge Valdes Kroff, University of Florida

Cameron Wilson, CUNY

Kyle Jerro, University of Essex

Lauren Ackerman, Newcastle University

Daniel Midgley, University of Western Australia

Terje Lohndal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Michael Barrie, Sogang University

Simon Wolf, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Nathan Sanders, University of Toronto

Claire Bowern, Yale

Skye Anderson, University of Arizona

Carson Schütze, University of California, Los Angeles

Chris VanderStouwe, Boise State University

Rex A. Sprouse, Indiana University

Marisa Brook, University of Victoria

Nicholas Twiner, University of Georgia

Jacob Phillips, University of Chicago

Michael Becker, Stony Brook University

Tom Roberts, University of California, Santa Cruz

Matt Wagers, University of California, Santa Cruz

Zachary Jaggers, New York University

Sarah Babinski, Yale

Josh Brown, University of Wisconsin-Eau claire

Sonja Lanehart, University of Texas, San Antonio

Keith Langston, University of Georgia

Andries Coetzee, University of Michigan

Canaan Breiss, University of California, Los Angeles

Ramon Escamilla, University of Central Arkansas

Uri Horesh, University of Essex

Catherine Anderson, McMaster University

Alexandra D’Arcy, University of Victoria

Karthik Durvasula, Michigan State University

Ping‐Hsuan Wang, Georgetown

Mary‐Caitlyn Valentinsson, University of Arizona

Peter Jurgec, University of Toronto

Nicholas Tomlin, Brown University

Mia Wiegand, Cornell University

Elise Bell, University of Arizona

Aaron Broadwell, University of Florida

Brent Woo, University of Washington

Julia Fine, University of California, Santa Barbara

Chloe Willis, University of California, Santa Barbara

Megan Gotowski, Rutgers University

David Quinto-Pozos, University of Texas at Austin

Christopher Dale, University of Kentucky


  • Campus Pride, a non-profit student advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ students