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Lecture: Unconditionally LGBTQIA+: Moving from Victimization and Criminalization to Liberation

Thursday, November 7, 2019
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.

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

Today's lecture is entitled, "Unconditionally LGBTQIA+: Moving from Victimization and Criminalization to Liberation" and will be presented by Dr. Tina Maschi (she/her/hers).

Synopsis:  This presentation explores the Dr. Maschi’s research experiences of LGBT people with trauma histories prior to, during, and after release from prison. A core theme of self and the social mirror emerged from the collective studies and referred to participants description of their ongoing ‘coming-out’ process of unearthing their “true selves” despite managing multiple stigmatized identities or social locations, such as sexual orientation, age, race, class, trauma, health, disability, or immigration status (e.g., HIV positive), and formerly incarcerated. The internal presence of self-love and acceptance increased formerly incarcerated LGBT adults to reject societal projections of their worthiness and turn their lives around and integrate their multiple stigmatized  included. The presentation concludes with recommendations and strategies on how individuals or groups can incorporate these strategies in their own liberation towards becoming Unconditionally LGBTQIA+.

Biography:  Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, is a professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service in New York City. Her research is at the integrates intersectionality, trauma mental health/mental health, and justice. Her most recent work explores the experiences of trauma and criminal justice involvement among LGBTQIA+ individuals. She has over 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters and author and/or editor of four books, including Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues Across Diverse Populations and Settings and A Rights Research Manifesto. She is also a licensed clinical social worker with extensive practice experience (including the use of arts and other alternative modalities) in correctional, school, and community mental health settings.  She has produced two short documentaries, ‘Coming Out of Prison’ (parts 1 and 2) and photographic exhibit that explores the faces and experiences LGBT people from diverse backgrounds before, during, and after prison. For more information, please contact

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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