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LGBTQ Youth Talk Back: Some Thoughts on Resistance and Ethnography

Berkeley, United States | 2011-04-15
Center for Race and Gender (CRG)
University of California Berkeley
Center for the Study of Social Change Speaker Series:

LGBTQ Youth Talk Back: Some Thoughts on Resistance and Ethnography

Friday, Apr. 15
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Wildavsky Conference Room,
2538 Channing Way

Cindy Cruz, Assistant Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz
Colette Auerswald, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco and Director of Research Training, University of California, Berkeley-University of California, San Francisco Joint Medical Program, as respondent

This ethnography begins in a large urban metropolis in the US, where I compiled the stories and testimonios of 43 LGBTQ homeless youth between the ages of 14-21. In this research I found that LGBTQ street youth stories, despite their broken and fragmented narratives, often connect their life experiences directly to the health and condition of their own bodies. It is this queer homeless body that is centered in a story of resistance, as these bodies are highly restricted and contained by teachers, doctors/paramedics, social workers and the police. Despite the containment of their bodies, these LGBTQ street youth consistently create spaces that move them away from the tropes of infection, contamination, and deviant sexualities that are inscripted onto the bodies of queer youth. Using the framework of resistance from the work of Maria Lugones (2003), this essay argues that researchers must develop new abilities to see and acknowledge resistance in these tight spaces. The trope of contamination and irresponsibility intersect many of the experiences of LGBTQ street youth--the discourse of infection, excessive sexualities, and the strategies of survival sex--in ways that implicate not only LGBTQ street youth, but also other marginalized bodies.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race & Gender

2011-04-15, 12:00 - 13:30
Wildavsky Conference Room, University of California Berkeley
2538 Channing Way
Website URL
(510) 643-8488
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