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Lecture: Communication from Parents & Friends

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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, "Communication from Parents and Friends: Exploring Experiences Coming Out to Parents and Social Support for LGBQ Victims of Hate Speech" and will be presented by Amanda Demes.

Synopsis: This presentation will discuss two research studies focused on communication processes among LGBQ individuals and their parents and friends. First, research on individuals’ experiences coming out to their parents and the effect on future parent-child communication will be discussed. Specifically, the study explored whether some individuals feel the need to come out to their parents a second time, reasons for coming out again, and strategies used to do so. Second, a current study exploring the influence of supportive messages on health recovery for LGBQ victims of hate speech is discussed. This study aims to understand the types of supportive communication from family and friends that are most beneficial to LGBQ victims of hate speech, and the results will inform interventions that aim to build resiliency and foster social change.

Biography: Amanda Denes is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on communication in various types of interpersonal relationships such as romantic relationships, parent-child relationships, and friendships. Much of her work looks at the association between communication in interpersonal relationships and people’s physiological, psychological, and relational health. In particular, she is interested in why individuals disclose information about themselves to others, how they disclose that information, and the effects of such disclosures on individuals and their relationships. Her research looking at the relationship between communication, hormones, and sexuality has been funded by such organizations as the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), Communication Department, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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