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Full-Text Articles in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Legal Rights Of Transgender Students In Education, Almond A. Seals, Melissa C. Gonzales May 2019

Legal Rights Of Transgender Students In Education, Almond A. Seals, Melissa C. Gonzales

Diversity, Social Justice, and the Educational Leader

Nearly 150,000 school-aged teenagers in the United States identify as transgender, but the population continues to face harassment, bullying, and discrimination from their peers and educators. The most recent battles for bathroom access based on gender identity has led to significant policy debates nationally and statewide. It is critical for school leaders to promote an all-inclusive and safe school environment to help improve the academic experience for transgender students. The purpose of this paper is to outline the current anti-discrimination federal and state laws that protect against sex and gender identity harassment in school, including Title IX, Equal Access ...


Review Of Retroactivism In The Lesbian Archives, Jolie Braun Mar 2019

Review Of Retroactivism In The Lesbian Archives, Jolie Braun

Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

Retroactivism in the Lesbian Archives: Composing Pasts and Futures considers how materials documenting lesbian life and culture can impact identity, shape narratives, and build community. This review provides an overview of each chapter and thoughts on author Jean Bessette’s ideas about archives and archival work.


Virtual Avatars: Trans Experiences Of Ideal Selves Through Gaming, Kai Baldwin Mar 2019

Virtual Avatars: Trans Experiences Of Ideal Selves Through Gaming, Kai Baldwin

Markets, Globalization & Development Review

This article aims to explore the experiences transgender gamers have with avatars. Building on a foundation of identity construction theories from both media studies and queer studies, this study theorizes that these gamers will use their virtual world avatars to experiment with gender performance and ideal selves. These theories of identity construction are explored and examined through digital ethnography, by using the participant observation method, in which trans gamers are interviewed about their experiences with avatar creation and use. Based on the evidence gathered from those interviews, this study concludes that trans gamers in general tend to create avatars who ...


Subverting Transnormativity: Rage And Resilience In Kim Fu’S For Today I Am A Boy, Andrea Ruthven Mar 2019

Subverting Transnormativity: Rage And Resilience In Kim Fu’S For Today I Am A Boy, Andrea Ruthven

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture

This article analyzes the affective politics of rage and resilience in the novel For Today I Am a Boy (2014) by Kim Fu. The novel explores the dis-identification (Muñoz 1999) of gender identity through the protagonist, focusing on the rage, sadness, fear, and secrecy that function as the glue holding the body together, but that also work to constrain the process of self-identification. The novel is not the celebration of self-realization, nor is it the lamentation of a traumatized protagonist. Instead, the narrative pays attention to the various ways in which non-binary, or non-normative gender identities are marginalized, and to ...


Book Review: 'Shakespeare And Gender In Practice' By Terri Power, Kate Busselle Feb 2019

Book Review: 'Shakespeare And Gender In Practice' By Terri Power, Kate Busselle

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Shakespeare and Gender in Practice, the third volume in the Shakespeare {in} Practice series, is a theoretical and practical exploration of gender performance through Shakespeare’s works on stage. This volume implements intersectional feminist and queer theories, historical documentation, interviews, and workshop exercises to demonstrate the depth of Shakespearean gender performance. Power’s goal for this volume is to offer new ideas of gender performance using an intersectional feminist framework while simultaneously deconstructing preconceived notions of traditional Shakespearean performance. Power also sheds new light on possibilities of casting Shakespearean work and provides inspiration for feminist scholars, directors, students, and working ...


Markie In Milwaukee, William L. Blizek Jan 2019

Markie In Milwaukee, William L. Blizek

Journal of Religion & Film

This is a film review of Markie in Milwaukee (2019) directed by Matt Kliegman.


Sex Work And Empowerment: Migrant Women Looking For Love, Breanna A. Harkins Jan 2019

Sex Work And Empowerment: Migrant Women Looking For Love, Breanna A. Harkins

The Corinthian

This paper will address the issues regarding consensual female sex work and whether this is a legitimate form of work or an appropriate lifestyle for women to hold. Research collected from various countries and cultures conclude that sexual labor is a common, but often underappreciated, means of income for women. In China, India, Ethiopia, and Hungary we see an intersection between the women interviewed and how their stories, while different, all lead towards a very similar conclusion and realization: female sex work is empowering.


Meera Atkinson. The Poetics Of Transgenerational Trauma. Bloomsbury, 2017., Katie Lally Dec 2018

Meera Atkinson. The Poetics Of Transgenerational Trauma. Bloomsbury, 2017., Katie Lally

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Meera Atkinson. The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma. Bloomsbury, 2017.


Review Of Nonbinary Gender Identities: History, Culture, Resources, Chris Babits Dec 2018

Review Of Nonbinary Gender Identities: History, Culture, Resources, Chris Babits

Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

McNabb introduces the definitions, histories, and cultures of nonbinary individuals and provides scholars, archivists, librarians, and teachers with an array of resources to research the history and contemporary experiences of nonbinary people. Although the text privileges gender variance in Western nations and could have included more on gender theory, McNabb offers a strong introduction to the topic of nonbinary gender identities. Researchers will especially appreciate the comprehensive list of resources.


"We Just Treat Everyone The Same": Lgbtq Aquatic Management Strategies, Barriers And Implementation, Austin R. Anderson, Eric Knee, William D. Ramos, Tiffany Monique Quash Aug 2018

"We Just Treat Everyone The Same": Lgbtq Aquatic Management Strategies, Barriers And Implementation, Austin R. Anderson, Eric Knee, William D. Ramos, Tiffany Monique Quash

International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education

This study examined the management of aquatic venues in a number of areas (facilities, programming, human resource management, marketing, policies) as it pertains to LGBTQ participants and participation. The study utilized in-depth semi-structured interviews with 16 aquatic managers to examine steps that are currently being taken (or lack thereof) when it comes to creating environments that are perceived to be open, or closed, to LGBTQ participants. A grounded theory-based process of data collection and analysis resulted in emergent themes. These themes included: (a) gendered spaces, (b) non-aquatic initiatives, (c) staff knowledgeability, (d) departmental and organizational mission, (e) aquatic-specific programming and ...


Wms 421 Spring 2018 Activism Photo Essay: #Metoo, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Aug 2018

Wms 421 Spring 2018 Activism Photo Essay: #Metoo, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

No abstract provided.


The Other Side Of Paradise By Staceyann Chin (2009) Relationship: Book Review, Joy Davidson Davis Aug 2018

The Other Side Of Paradise By Staceyann Chin (2009) Relationship: Book Review, Joy Davidson Davis

Dissenting Voices

The Other Side of Paradise is a memoir written by Staceyann Chin (2009) in which she portrays the true nature of being a woman of color. This coming of age memoir presents the attributes of black women who are at times devalued and negatively portrayed by Eurocentric critics. It is through her independent self-definition and her thoughts about racism and sexism that she is able to put an end to false Eurocentric assumptions. In Chin’s (2009) memoir, she explores the reality that women of color have strong personalities and powers through sisterhood and motherhood that are symbols of unity ...


A Queer And Pleasant Danger: The True Story Of A Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins The Church Of Scientology, And Leaves Twelve Years Later To Become The Lovely Lady She Is Today By Kate Bornstein ( 2012): Book Review, Daphne Tucker Aug 2018

A Queer And Pleasant Danger: The True Story Of A Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins The Church Of Scientology, And Leaves Twelve Years Later To Become The Lovely Lady She Is Today By Kate Bornstein ( 2012): Book Review, Daphne Tucker

Dissenting Voices

This essay, which describes my curiosity on transgender identity, is a book review of the memoir by Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a nice Jewish boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology, and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady she is Today (2012).


Freedom En El Fin Del Mundo: Antarctica As The Key To Renegotiating Identity-Based Power Hierarchies, Bailey Morse Aug 2018

Freedom En El Fin Del Mundo: Antarctica As The Key To Renegotiating Identity-Based Power Hierarchies, Bailey Morse

Dissenting Voices

In all the world’s cultures, there exists a hierarchy of power maintained through cultural norms and institutions. In every culture, however, these hierarchies exist differently. So when put into a space where our culture and idea of identity-based power hierarchies is different from the ones around us, how do we negotiate our power in that space, and in doing so, how do we diminish the power of others? By looking at cultural “blank-slate” territories such as Antarctica, we may be able to better understand negotiations of identity-based power hierarchy and subsequently be able to tear down the institutions that ...


A Woman Veteran Student’S Perspective, Bernice Lachman Aug 2018

A Woman Veteran Student’S Perspective, Bernice Lachman

Dissenting Voices

This essay describes my life experiences as a woman veteran who is currently a student at The College at Brockport. My experiences and perspectives although specific to me, are also in general terms, the same for other women veterans. I reviewed the references studying women military service members both past and present, and I have noted the lack of information available. Therefore, I have decided to tell my story with the hope that my story will assist civilian students, staff, and faculty to better understand women veteran students on the college campus.


Lgbtq Intimate Partner Violence: The Invisible Relationship, Alise Murray Aug 2018

Lgbtq Intimate Partner Violence: The Invisible Relationship, Alise Murray

Dissenting Voices

I have personally experienced LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). My topic is important because those who experience intimate partner violence, and who are LGBT or in queer relationships, are not provided information about IPV as often as heterosexual individuals. I hope readers will learn and realize that individuals in the LGBT community can face IPV, and that this issue needs more discussion. IPV is not something that affects one facet of someone’s life, it can affect multiple parts.


Redressing Dress Codes: The Effects Of Sexualized School Dress Codes, Gabriella Hoose Aug 2018

Redressing Dress Codes: The Effects Of Sexualized School Dress Codes, Gabriella Hoose

Dissenting Voices

This paper analyzes the way society sexualizes women’s bodies through the education system. I am writing about dress codes because fellow classmates and I have been affected by this. It is important for society to understand that a sexualized view of students perceived as female can affect society as a whole. I hope that readers of this essay will want to change this system and redress the dress codes they have unwittingly followed.


Gender’S Impact On Majors In Higher Education: The Causes And The Consequences, Kelsi Nau Aug 2018

Gender’S Impact On Majors In Higher Education: The Causes And The Consequences, Kelsi Nau

Dissenting Voices

This paper looks at gender segregation in higher education. I am examining why certain majors are perceived as feminine and masculine, and what students experience when they study fields that do not socially align with their gender. I also summarize the impact gender socialization has on men and women choosing their fields of study and the consequences higher education gender segregation has beyond college. Feminine and masculine should not be labels affiliated with majors and they should not be a precursor for determining the value of majors.


The Outside Looking In: Examining Reasoning Behind The Choice To Report Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence, Melissa Szurgyi Aug 2018

The Outside Looking In: Examining Reasoning Behind The Choice To Report Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence, Melissa Szurgyi

Dissenting Voices

This essay looks into reasons women have for reporting or not reporting domestic violence and sexual assault. While this topic has received a considerable amount of research from scholars, it still has not received the attention it should. When the #MeToo movement went viral, these issues started to become more salient in society, however there was still backlash, insinuating that there is still a large amount of misunderstanding around the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this paper, I use my outsider looking in lens to examine reasoning behind the choice to report. Through looking at previous research ...


The Hunter Vs. The Hunted, Julia Palozzi Aug 2018

The Hunter Vs. The Hunted, Julia Palozzi

Dissenting Voices

I share this story to illustrate an example of psychological sexual coercion and the power dynamics that allow such coercion to exist. We must understand that the root of this problem lies in the nature of power between men and women. I do not think that these dynamics are born to us naturally. The biology of men and women has nothing to do with the nature of the power dynamics that can exist between them. This power dynamic is one that has been ingrained into our society through generations of separating the public and private spheres of work.


Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy Aug 2018

Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices volume seven introduces nine authors who write across a diverse range of topics salient to Women and Gender Studies.


Our Voices, Joy Davidson Davis, Gabriella Hoose, Bernice Lachman, Bailey Morse, Alise Murray, Kelsi Nau, Julia Palozzi, Melissa Szurgyi, Daphne Tucker Aug 2018

Our Voices, Joy Davidson Davis, Gabriella Hoose, Bernice Lachman, Bailey Morse, Alise Murray, Kelsi Nau, Julia Palozzi, Melissa Szurgyi, Daphne Tucker

Dissenting Voices

Our dissenting voices call for the dismantling of all identity-based power hierarchies that silence and oppress marginalized voices. We attempt to understand how the invisible forces of a binary world put women into roles of “lesser”.


Dissenting Voices Volume 7 Issue 1 (Spring 2018) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Aug 2018

Dissenting Voices Volume 7 Issue 1 (Spring 2018) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices Cover Art

Design by the members of the Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at The College at Brockport.

The journal cover, a distinctive hand print of each author, captures the sense of feminist community that was present in our classroom and that spills into and gels the pages of the essays in the volume.

Table of Contents

All Voices

- Our Voices. Joy Davidson-Davis, Gabriella Hoose, Bernie Lachman, Bailey Morse, Alise Murray, Kelsi Nau, Julia Palozzi, Melissa Szurgyi, Daphne Tucker, p. i.

- Note from the Editor (Barbara LeSavoy), p. iii.

Opening Voices

- The Hunter vs. The Hunted. Julia ...


“Dyrne Langað”: Secret Longing And Homo-Amory In Beowulf And J.R.R. Tolkien’S The Lord Of The Rings, Christopher Vaccaro Aug 2018

“Dyrne Langað”: Secret Longing And Homo-Amory In Beowulf And J.R.R. Tolkien’S The Lord Of The Rings, Christopher Vaccaro

Journal of Tolkien Research

“‘Dyrne Langað’: Secret Longing and Homo-amory in Beowulf and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings” investigates the close “homoamorous” relationship between Frodo and Samwise, employing a close reading of select passages from the eighth-century English poem, Beowulf. The argument begins with a clarification of terms. Afterwards, it focuses upon the cruces related to a key scene involving Beowulf’s departure and compares the intensity of the unspoken love Hroðgar has for Beowulf to the love Sam has for Frodo at the Grey Havens. Ultimately, the essay argues for a new way of reading both departure scenes.


Addressing Diversity And Difference In Contemporary Spanish Lesbian Literature: Reading Illy Nes’S El Lago Rosa And Cristina Cuesta’S “Zoe Y Haydee”, Megan Sheldon Jul 2018

Addressing Diversity And Difference In Contemporary Spanish Lesbian Literature: Reading Illy Nes’S El Lago Rosa And Cristina Cuesta’S “Zoe Y Haydee”, Megan Sheldon

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Illy Nes’s novel El lago rosa (The Pink Lake, 2004) and Cristina Cuesta’s short story “Zoe y Haydee” (Zoe and Haydee, 2007) depict travel and cross-cultural queer relationships that call attention to racial and class differences as well as ethnic and cultural divides. Both narratives raise questions concerning the representation of queer women of color in Spanish fiction of the new millennium. This article focuses on the diverse cultural, political and personal struggles that surround the formation and negotiation of sexual identity, emphasizing the fact that LGBTQ identity is not necessarily cross-culturally or universally constructed around identical interests ...


Jarrod Hayes. Queer Roots For The Diaspora: Ghosts In The Family Tree. Ann Arbor: U Of Michigan P, 2016., Annie De Saussure Jun 2018

Jarrod Hayes. Queer Roots For The Diaspora: Ghosts In The Family Tree. Ann Arbor: U Of Michigan P, 2016., Annie De Saussure

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Jarrod Hayes. Queer Roots for the Diaspora: Ghosts in the family tree. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. 325 pp.


Denis Provencher. Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations. Liverpool: Liverpool Up, 2017., Alvaro Luna Jun 2018

Denis Provencher. Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations. Liverpool: Liverpool Up, 2017., Alvaro Luna

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Denis Provencher. Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2017. 314 pp.


Feeling Of / Feeling For
 Queer Community: The Social Activism Of The San Francisco Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, Jason B. Crawford Jun 2018

Feeling Of / Feeling For
 Queer Community: The Social Activism Of The San Francisco Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, Jason B. Crawford

Conexión Queer: Revista Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Teologías Queer

This interdisciplinary article explores the queer social activism of the San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Based on over ten years of participant observation and archival research, I examine their rituals and public performances in order to illuminate the complex ways in which queer community is identified, felt, thought and lived out in response to social injustices rooted in religion. Using a theoretically informed lens, I alternate between academic and liturgical styles of writing to convey the feelings for, and feelings of, community that motivate and inspire the Sisters’ unique sacred clown aesthetic inspired by a desire to queer and ...


El Sujeto Sexual En Las TeologíAs Queer: ¿Implicaciones Para Una TeologíA Queer Latinoamericana De La LiberacióN?, Beatriz Febus PéRez Jun 2018

El Sujeto Sexual En Las TeologíAs Queer: ¿Implicaciones Para Una TeologíA Queer Latinoamericana De La LiberacióN?, Beatriz Febus PéRez

Conexión Queer: Revista Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Teologías Queer

The subject of human sexuality has always been the subject of various discourses that have generated different debates throughout human history and Christianity. Today more than in the past arises the discussion from the sexual marginality and it is queer theory that tries to give voice to these margins, and identities questioning the heteropatriarcal gender and the sexuality. In this way, the present article discusses the various aspects that queer theory brings with its beginning and then how this sexual subject produces queer theologies. Finally, some implications of queer theologies with Latin American Liberation Theology are discussed.


«NãO Há Lugar Para Mim
 Na Casa De Deus?»: Identidade E Espiritualidade De LéSbicas Brasileiras Na RegiãO Kanto, JapãO, Nilta Dias Jun 2018

«NãO Há Lugar Para Mim
 Na Casa De Deus?»: Identidade E Espiritualidade De LéSbicas Brasileiras Na RegiãO Kanto, JapãO, Nilta Dias

Conexión Queer: Revista Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Teologías Queer

Many Japanese Brazilian immigrants in Japan question their own ethnic, cultural and national identity. Considering the sexual diversity, many queer Brazilian immigrants add to this dilemma the question of sexuality. Living in the diaspora, many people —especially in times of difficulty— usually turn to friends or take refuge in religion. How do society and religious institutions in Japan —both Christian and non-Christian— treat queer people, especially women, and their spirituality? The purpose of this article is analyze the social and religious reality that —directly or indirectly— influences the life of queer Brazilian women in the Kanto region of Japan.