She is an associate professor of anthropology, women's studies, and comparative literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.In 1968 Gayle Rubin was part of an early feminist consciousness raising group active on the campus of the University of Michigan and also wrote on feminist topics for women's movement papers and the Ann Arbor Argus.The Ruth Ellis Center (REC), incorporated in 1999, is a youth social services agency with a mission “to provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.” As LGBTQ youth continue to be disproportionately affected by homelessness, the Ruth Ellis Center remains dedicated to ensuring that these vulnerable youth and young adults receive the services and inherent protections available to all citizens.While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed, and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation is turned away or denied services.
By both measures, RUTH JOHNSON wins the Free Press' endorsement for a second term as secretary of state.
The Second Stories Outpatient Mental Health Services program, housed in our Drop In Center, is a core service rooted in peer-reviewed research, which highlights the large numbers of LGBTQ youth who suffer from mental health issues as a result of the conflict, discrimination and violence they often face from family and society due to misconceptions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
This program improves health and social outcomes of LGBTQ youth by providing a combination of mental health treatment modalities to youth in a safe space, using a culturally sensitive trauma- informed approach.
Rubin first rose to recognition through her 1975 essay "The Traffic in Women: Notes on the 'Political Economy' of Sex", in which she attempted to discover historical social mechanisms by which gender and compulsory heterosexuality are produced, and women are consigned to a secondary position in human relations.
In 1978 Rubin moved to San Francisco to begin studies of the gay male leather subculture, seeking to examine a minority sexual practice neither from a clinical perspective nor through the lens of individual psychology but rather as an anthropologist studying a contemporary community.On June 13 of that year, Rubin, together with Patrick Califia and sixteen others, founded the first known lesbian SM group, Samois.