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Lecture: Bars, Booze, & the LGBT Community

Thursday, November 8, 2018
12:30pm – 1:45pm

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, "Bars, Booze, & the LGBT Community: Examining Intersections of Social Identity & Substance Use" and it will be presented by Emily Pagano (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Significant disparities exist in rates of alcohol and tobacco use across social identity groups—the LGBT community in particular reporting elevated use. This interactive lecture & discussion will explore these disparities, examining the ways in which history has influenced LGBT culture, and discussing marketing strategies exhibited by the alcohol and tobacco industries to challenge participants to consider the impacts of targeted advertising to the LGBT community. The session will conclude by exploring opportunities to address disparities in substance use and contribute to deepening queer liberation from systems of oppression.

Biography: Emily Pagano serves as the Alcohol & Other Drug Education Coordinator for Wellness and Prevention Services at UConn. She received a Master of Science in Student Affairs from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, in Sociology and Gender Studies. Emily also completed interdisciplinary undergraduate work through the Five College Program in Culture, Health, & Science, focusing on how social systems impact individual and community wellness. Prior to joining the Wellness and Prevention Services team at UConn, Emily worked as a Health Educator at Wesleyan University and Trinity College, responsible for her passion, alcohol and other drug prevention/intervention. At the University of Connecticut, Emily manages Alcohol & Other Drug Education services, regularly presenting on alcohol and marijuana, and providing individual support to students. She is particularly interested in engaging in prevention work from a social justice lens which recognizes the reality of how systems of oppression influence health.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


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