All the Lesbians are White, All the Gays are Rich?  Some of Us are Fed Up with Being Made Invisible!

Presented by Betsy Lucal, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Indiana, South Bend

Tuesday, March 26th, 6 p.m. - 2263 Kirkhof Center

Lib 100 and US 201 Approved

How are the experiences of a poor, Native-American gay man different from those of an upper-middle class, Latina bisexual woman who has a visible disability? What do a middle-class, African-American genderqueer person and an old, working-class white lesbian have in common? Among the complexities of identity politics is the question of how to incorporate individuals intersecting positions in multiple systems of oppression and privilege into our theorizing and activism. When we focus our attention on issues associated with gender(s) and sexuality/ies, we tend to lose sight of the other influences on individuals lives, such as social class, race/ethnicity, age, and (dis)abilities. In this presentation, Dr. Lucal will discuss the importance of using an intersectional approach to understand LGBT issues, as well as the consequences of failing to take such an approach.

This event is co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center and the Department of Sociology.

Students will be able to define an intersectional approach to understanding LGBT lives and experiences.

Students will be able to give examples of intersectional analysis.

Students will be able to discuss the consequences of failing to use an intersectional approach.