UMaine Zillman Art Museum hosts panel on LBGTQ+ inclusive language June 8

The University of Maine Zillman Art Museum will host a free panel on the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusive language with representatives from Bangor PRIDE, Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) and Northern Light Acadia Hospital 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at 40 Harlow St., Bangor.

“Words Matter: A Panel on the Importance of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Language” will cover a range of topics, from the proper use of pronouns to the stigmatizing language people use unconsciously every day. The panel will be set against the backdrop of Zillman Art Museum’s summer show, Nightlife NYC, 1977-2003, featuring the work of renowned photographer Meryl Meisler, who captured the diverse ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities in the crowds of Studio 54 and other New York City nightclubs. 

A reception in the exhibit will be held starting at 5:30 p.m., and the panel will begin at 6:30 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Jill Henderson, director of communications at the Health Equity Alliance. Panelists include Misty Richardson, clinical supervisor of pediatric inpatient services at Northern Light Acadia Hospital; Tracy Stanley, accommodations coordinator at the UMaine; and Orion Tucker, committee member of the Bangor PRIDE Festival. The panel is an official event of the 2023 Bangor PRIDE Festival.