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Lecture: Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Older Adults

Thursday, October 18, 2018
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

This lecture presentation honors the International Pronouns Day, October 17, 2018.

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, "Attitudes, Beliefs, and Reactions: The development of an intervention for professionals working with transgender and gender nonconforming older adults" and it will be presented by Allison Warren (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) older adults are an underserved and understudied population. Healthy aging among gender minorities may be inhibited by social isolation, disproportionate poverty and health disparities, and a lack of access to culturally competent care, services, and supports. This lecture will highlight the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming older adults in the United States and also provide a brief overview of how social systems that perpetuate cisnormativity and cissexism contribute to the social and economic challenges faced by gender minorities. Our discussion will include a thorough review of a study comparing the efficacy of three online interventions designed to increase self-efficacy for affirming interactions between aging-focused professionals and older adults. Finally, we will consider how cisgender individuals might utilize their social positions to serve as advocates for transgender and gender nonconforming people of all ages.

Biography: Allison Warren, PhD is an Advanced Fellow in Health Services Research & Development in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her research has focused on the experiences of older sexual and gender minorities and explicating the ways aging-focused providers might create affirming environments for these vulnerable populations. Dr. Warren hopes to continue this line of research, specifically focusing on improving care for transgender and gender nonconforming Veterans within the VA system.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar

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