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Lecture: Understanding Straight & Gay Biphobia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Bilateral Erasure: Understanding Straight & Gay Biphobia" and will be presented by Erica Hartwell.

Despite increasing support for lesbian and gay individuals, the same degree of tolerance has not extended to bisexual individuals, and bisexual invisibility and biphobia are continuing problems that affect the mental health and well-being of bisexual people. This talk will briefly review research on ways bisexual people experience health disparities and social discrimination before presenting the problem of bisexual erasure and biphobia through Kenji Yoshino’s epistemic contract of bisexual erasure. Finally, Dr. Hartwell will provide specific strategies to counter biphobia, increase bisexual visibility, and engage with bisexual politics to challenge social conventions.

Dr. Erica Hartwell is an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fairfield University, where she teaches graduate courses in social justice, couple therapy, family therapy, research methods, and a new course on therapy with LGBTQ youth and families. Her research focuses on various LGBTQ and social justice issues, including therapist training, affirmative therapy, mental health, and research methods. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Connecticut and maintains a small private practice focused on serving LGBTQ clients and their families.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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