"Don't You Forget About Me": Acknowledging Diversity among LGBTQIA Populations
The phrase “LGBT” and more recent phrases such as “LGBTQIA”—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual—are frequently used in the mainstream media and scholarly literature when discussing issues related to sexual orientation and gender diversity. However, these discussions tend to focus on the experiences of young, White, and upwardly mobile lesbian and gay individuals, overlooking the unique experiences of other LGB identities as well as non-heterosexual people who do not identify as lesbian or gay, such as transgender and intersex individuals. The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the multiple identities that comprise the LGBTQIA community, discuss the problems with using reductionist approaches to conceptualize LGBTQIA identities, and understand the difficulties of living with one or more stigmatized identities. We will watch films and read scholarly articles from a number of disciplines (i.e., anthropology, biology, nursing, psychology, public health, sexual science, psychotherapy and counseling, and social work) to improve our understanding of the experiences of African American, Hispanic, South and East Asian, Muslim, and Orthodox Jewish LGB individuals, older LGB individuals, and transgender and intersex individuals.