Annual John Gagnon Distinguished Lecturer on Sexuality
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM
- 08:00 PM
Location: SFSU Downtown Campus Room 675
Cost: Open to the Public, Free
Sponsor: Department of Sexuality Studies
Contact: Chair, Rita Melendez
Phone: 415 405 3570
DR ESTHER ROTHBLUM will lecture. Are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer "communities"? Did they ever exist, and how can we find one that meets our needs?
Research has found that people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) are less connected to religious organizations, perceive less support from their families of origin, and are more geographically mobile, than their heterosexual siblings. For these reasons the LGBTQ communities take on a central role in the lives of LGBTQ people. Increased outness and visibility of the LGBTQ communities have made them more accessible, and the internet has extended this accessibility to people in rural areas and to those who are closeted. Yet many LGBTQ people feel isolated from community or find communities cliquish or unavailable when times are bad. This talk will focus on issues in LGBTQ communities, and end with suggestions on how to find a community that is supportive.
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