Women on Wednesday - The Trouble with Homonormativity: Queer Politics in 2017

Location: SCSU Atwood Theatre

Time: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:00pm

Too often, people outside the LGBTQ2S community assume that all LGBTQ2S people share common politics. however, is not true. Queer identity and politics challenge these normative approaches to identity and activism, and challenge us to question who we marginalize even further in our own communities when we “buy in” and assimilate into heteronormative culture. It is important to think about how heteronormativity and homonormativity function to marginalize those members of the LGBTQ2S community who do not, or refuse, to adhere to normative expectations of gender, sexuality, and family. Furthermore, we must consider the ways in which we cor transformative and inclusive justice for each of us – regardless of identity.

Presenter: Dr. Liam Oliver Lair is faculty in the Department of Gender Studies at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. His teaching and research are rooted in ffocus on sexuality, queerness, trans politics, disability, and race. Dr. Lair’s current project examines the pervasivenics on the original diagnoses of gender “deviance.” One of his favorite things about being in the academy is teaching and working with students. Morally, he loves collaborating with students in the interest of understanding and articulating how feminism can be transformative for all of us regardless of gender, sexuality, race, or any other aspect of who we are in the world.

 

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