Scholar Class – 2013
Gregory Davis was raised with his brother by his mother, older sister, grandmother, and uncle in Detroit, MI; a city in perpetual (identity) crisis. In his studies, Gregory has explored the LGBTQ experience both within and outside of a racial context. He has focused on how African-American LGBTQ youth find, confirm, and fortify their identities in the face of possible social discrimination and prejudice based on their race and/or sexual orientation. Additionally, Gregory has written on the unique benefits a “queer” approach can have to rehabilitate Black families and communities throughout the nation in the areas of law, sociology, social psychology, and public policy.
At Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, Gregory studied psychology and saw firsthand the makings of queer identity in the urban, Baptist, Black South. Now living in Los Angeles, Gregory has flourished. As a JD/MA joint-degree candidate in Afro-American Studies and Law at UCLA, he devotes much time and effort to understanding the queer experience. Much of this work has been in collaboration with the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, housed at UCLA School of Law. Through Williams, Gregory has been the student director of the nation’s only LGBT moot court competition, served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Dukeminier Awards: Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles of 2013, and as the Gleason-Kettel Summer Fellow, working on HIV/AIDS public policy. In the future, Gregory plans to enter legal academia, writing and teaching in race, sexuality, and law.