Being an ally

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Unformatted text preview: What You Need to Know about the LGBTQ Community Christopher Munt Coordinator for Student Diversity Services Diversity Resource Office Purdue University W ELCOME ! o Introductions o Overview Ground Rules & Method Queer Terminology Film - Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21 st Century Coming Out and Related Developmental Issues Homophobia & Heterosexism Being an Ally G ROUND R ULES 1) We will establish a safe space for learning. 2) We will not hold anyone accountable for having more or less experience with the topics. 3) We will acknowledge and appreciate sharing, and keep things shared confidential. 4) We will try hard to limit assumptions about each other. 5) We will try to be aware of how much space and time we take up. 6) What else should be here? M Y M ETHODS Work constantly to establish trust and develop a peer-to-peer relationship whenever possible. Speak explicitly from your own perspective, but provide examples of other perspective. Acknowledge limitations and potential biases. Bring other voices into the room in a safe, effective way. Provide opportunities for self-reflection. Encourage further reading further learning. W HERE ARE WE ?? Introductions Overview Ground Rules & Method Queer Terminology Film - Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21 st Century Coming Out and Related Developmental Issues Homophobia & Heterosexism Being an Ally W HAT IS AN A LLY ? ally- noun: someone who personally advocates for GLBTQ equal rights and fair treatment.- from Latin alligre , meaning to bind to- related to the chemical term alloy D EFINING A C OMMON L ANGUAGE LGBTQ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (and/or Queer*) Queer* Reclaimed term often used today Broad political and academic Use varies greatly, less common among older LGBTQ people and LGBTQ people of color Homosexual* Clinical term introduced in the 1800s Today, more often a description of sexual behavior than identity D EFINING A C OMMON L ANGUAGE Transgender Often a broad, umbrella term May be used by people who also identify with the terms transsexual, cross-dresser, genderqueer, etc. Transsexual * Most often used by individuals who have transitioned from one gender to another May or may not alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically Used less often today than transgender Intersex General term referring to a variety of medical conditions in which physical sex is atypical or ambiguous K EYS TO Q UEER T ERMINOLOGY People choose words words dont choose people Language is part of the process of establishing identity Asking How do you identify? is almost always respectful Be careful, but not afraid, of Queer Terminology Respect individuals as individuals, not people under a label Create opportunities for dialogue (e.g. How do you Create opportunities for dialogue (e....
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