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Lecture: Voices of non-monosexual students

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

This week, we welcome Kristin Van Ness who will be speaking on the topic, "Creating Visi-bi-lity: Voices of non-monosexual students."

Where there was once simply “gay” or “straight”, there is now a full alphabet soup of identity labels within the LGBTQ community. Although researchers have started to understand more about non-monosexual individuals (not simply gay or straight) less is understood about the social supports given to particular labels such as queer, pansexual, bisexual, etc. How does the language we choose to describe experiences impact our relationships with others? What are some of the contextual factors to choosing one identity label instead of another? We will discuss the findings of a brief pilot study of non-monosexual college students, as well as the various factors impacting connection and communication in relationships.

Kristin Van Ness is currently an Academic Advisor and Adjunct Instructor in the HDFS department. She got her start as a student worker in the UConn Rainbow Center. After graduation, she was hired to develop and facilitate the Safe Zone program and represent the LGBT Center at Central Connecticut State University. Her work with undergraduate students inspired her to complete her graduate degree at UConn in Human Development and Family Studies department where she focused on family dynamics – specifically queer identities and family communication. On the weekend you can find her hiking and spending time with her wife and their fur kids.


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