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Lecture: LGBTQ Youth Today: (Why) Aren’t Things Better?

Thursday, March 14, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium @ Dodd Center

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.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "LGBTQ Youth Today: (Why) Aren’t Things Better?" and will be presented by Stephen Russell (he/him/his).

This lecture presentation is sponsored by InCHIP and will be held in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center. Please RSVP at Livestreaming of the presentation will be available at the same webpage. CEU credits will also offered to psychologists who attend the presentation.

Synopsis: Few societal attitudes and opinions have changed as quickly as those regarding sexual minority people and rights. In the context of dramatic social change in the space of a single generation, there have been multiple policy changes toward social inclusion and rights for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people. As a result, there is a common belief that the sociocultural context for LGB people – perhaps particularly for youth – has improved. That is: Aren’t things better? Yet recent evidence from the developmental sciences points to paradoxical findings: in many cases, health disparities are getting worse. But why? In light of swift sociocultural changes, combined with emergent findings regarding the health and wellbeing of sexual minority youth, we suggest that there is a developmental collision between normative adolescent developmental processes and sexual minority youth identities and visibility. The result is a new reality for sexual minority youth, health, and disparities.

Biography: Stephen Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an expert in adolescent and young adult health, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. He is on the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a fellow and former Board member of the National Council on Family Relations, an elected member of the International Academy of Sexuality Research, and was President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches



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