LGBTQ Research Symposium

Virtual Event - June 3 to 4, 2021

Theme: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Queerness, Accessibility & Intersectionality

Keynote: Gita Mehrotra (she/her/hers), associate professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University

This year’s symposium builds on the important traditions established over the past eight years at the University of Illinois, providing researchers an opportunity to present their work, discuss challenges and opportunities, and network with others conducting LGBTQ+ research across disciplines. Our theme of “Looking Back, Moving Forward” recognizes and honors the historical contributions to LGBTQ+ research while identifying innovative and creative ways to move this research forward.

The fully online, digital format of the 2021 symposium presents unique and creative opportunities to enhance the accessibility of the symposium and integrate digital humanities ideas and concepts. The format of presentations will include traditional presentations and posters, roundtables, workshops & newer virtual presentation options.

Schedule

Times listed are Central Standard Time (CST)

9:30 to 10:30 a.m

Session 1: Sexual & Gender Identity Development

Session 2: Stigma, Identity & Pride

 

10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Session 3: Photovoice as a Tool for Nonbinary Identity Exploration, Community Change & Wellbeing

Session 4: LGBTQ+ Youth

Session 5: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Trans Elders Accessing Healthcare Services

 

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Session 6: Queering Pedagogy & Education

Session 7: Next Practices in Research on LGBTQ & Transgender/Nonbinary People & Communities

 

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Professional Networking (sponsored by the Center for LGBTQ+ Research & Advocacy)

  • Do you want to meet and greet with other scholars engaged in LGBTQ+ research? Join us for an informal and fun hour of professional networking!
  • Hosts: Megan Paceley (she/they), Briana McGeough (she/her) & Emera Greenwood (they/them)

 

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Session 8: Intersectional Identities

CANCELED Session 9: The Gender Diverse Community Healing Model

 

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Session 10: Sexual & Interpersonal Violence & Advocacy

Session 11: Minoritized instructors’ perspectives and experiences of integrating the intersections of gender, sexuality & race into social work education

 

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 12: Legal Rights & Legislation

CANCELED Session 13: The Risk of Being Yourself: The Ethical Case for Providing Effective Care to LGBTQIA+ Individuals

 

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Community!

  • Meet and greet community organizations and enjoy a relaxed evening with friends!
  • Host: Athena Horton (they/them) & Designated Community Organizations

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Session 14: Sexual & Gender Identity Emergence & Outness

CANCELED Session 15: Intersecting Oppressions: Healing & Imagination in Social Work Practice

 

10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Session 16: Age & Aging in Historical Context

Session 17: Intersections with Black & African-American Identities & Movements

Session 18: A Discussion of Asexual Research(ers)

 

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Keynote: How we do the work is the work: Building a practice of intersectional queer scholarship

 

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Community, Affirmation & Support as Suicide Prevention: A Legitimately Light (no really) Mixer

  • Meet and greet folks doing LGBTQ+ suicide prevention work in this light, informative, and friendly event
  • Host: Ash Wilson (they/them) & Michael Riquino (he/him)

 

2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Session 19: Art, Media & Literature

Session 20: Transidentity theory: Queering the feminist & feminizing the queer

 

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Session 21: Religion: Clashes & Intersections

Session 22: The ongoing presence of exclusionary LGBTQ+ policy at accredited schools of social work: Do we practice what we preach?

 

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Closing Connections (sponsored by the KU Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty Staff Council)

  • Closing announcements and a fun evening event!
  • Host: Ash Wilson (they/them), Megan Paceley (she/they), and the SGD Faculty Staff Council

Pre-Recorded Panel Presentations

Parents, Parenthood & Family

Narratives of HIV: Discourse & Meaning Making

Drag Expression, Performance & Perception

Service Access Experiences: Beyond Awareness, Toward Inclusion

Queering Methodologies

Experiences in Higher Education

Health & Wellbeing

 

Pre-Recorded Poster Presentations

Perceived Belongingness as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Gender Minority Stressors & Mental Health Outcomes Among Transgender & Gender Diverse Emerging Adults

Centering the Margins: Depression Outcomes for Disabled LGBTQ+ Adults

Heteronormativity in Child Welfare is a Human Rights Violation

Testing the Moderating Role of Belongingness on the Relationship between Microaggressions & Mental Health among LGBTQ+ Emerging Adults

The moderating role of attachment to pets on the relationship between exposure to interpersonal microaggressions and depressive symptoms in an LGBTQ+ emerging adult sample

Barriers to Physical & Mental Health Care Help-Seeking among LGBTQ+ Individuals: A Mixed-Method Exploration in One Midwestern City

 

Pre-Recorded Artistic Presentation

Mirrored Fatality's Cocoon Webs

9:30 to 10:30 a.m

Session 1: Sexual & Gender Identity Development

Session 2: Stigma, Identity & Pride

 

10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Session 3: Photovoice as a Tool for Nonbinary Identity Exploration, Community Change & Wellbeing

Session 4: LGBTQ+ Youth

Session 5: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Trans Elders Accessing Healthcare Services

 

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Session 6: Queering Pedagogy & Education

Session 7: Next Practices in Research on LGBTQ & Transgender/Nonbinary People & Communities

 

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Professional Networking (sponsored by the Center for LGBTQ+ Research & Advocacy)

  • Do you want to meet and greet with other scholars engaged in LGBTQ+ research? Join us for an informal and fun hour of professional networking!
  • Hosts: Megan Paceley (she/they), Briana McGeough (she/her) & Emera Greenwood (they/them)

 

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Session 8: Intersectional Identities

CANCELED Session 9: The Gender Diverse Community Healing Model

 

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Session 10: Sexual & Interpersonal Violence & Advocacy

Session 11: Minoritized instructors’ perspectives and experiences of integrating the intersections of gender, sexuality & race into social work education

 

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 12: Legal Rights & Legislation

CANCELED Session 13: The Risk of Being Yourself: The Ethical Case for Providing Effective Care to LGBTQIA+ Individuals

 

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Community!

  • Meet and greet community organizations and enjoy a relaxed evening with friends!
  • Host: Athena Horton (they/them) & Designated Community Organizations

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Session 14: Sexual & Gender Identity Emergence & Outness

CANCELED Session 15: Intersecting Oppressions: Healing & Imagination in Social Work Practice

 

10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Session 16: Age & Aging in Historical Context

Session 17: Intersections with Black & African-American Identities & Movements

Session 18: A Discussion of Asexual Research(ers)

 

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Keynote: How we do the work is the work: Building a practice of intersectional queer scholarship

 

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Community, Affirmation & Support as Suicide Prevention: A Legitimately Light (no really) Mixer

  • Meet and greet folks doing LGBTQ+ suicide prevention work in this light, informative, and friendly event
  • Host: Ash Wilson (they/them) & Michael Riquino (he/him)

 

2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Session 19: Art, Media & Literature

Session 20: Transidentity theory: Queering the feminist & feminizing the queer

 

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Session 21: Religion: Clashes & Intersections

Session 22: The ongoing presence of exclusionary LGBTQ+ policy at accredited schools of social work: Do we practice what we preach?

 

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Closing Connections (sponsored by the KU Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty Staff Council)

  • Closing announcements and a fun evening event!
  • Host: Ash Wilson (they/them), Megan Paceley (she/they), and the SGD Faculty Staff Council

Pre-Recorded Panel Presentations

Parents, Parenthood & Family

Narratives of HIV: Discourse & Meaning Making

Drag Expression, Performance & Perception

Service Access Experiences: Beyond Awareness, Toward Inclusion

Queering Methodologies

Experiences in Higher Education

Health & Wellbeing

 

Pre-Recorded Poster Presentations

Perceived Belongingness as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Gender Minority Stressors & Mental Health Outcomes Among Transgender & Gender Diverse Emerging Adults

Centering the Margins: Depression Outcomes for Disabled LGBTQ+ Adults

Heteronormativity in Child Welfare is a Human Rights Violation

Testing the Moderating Role of Belongingness on the Relationship between Microaggressions & Mental Health among LGBTQ+ Emerging Adults

The moderating role of attachment to pets on the relationship between exposure to interpersonal microaggressions and depressive symptoms in an LGBTQ+ emerging adult sample

Barriers to Physical & Mental Health Care Help-Seeking among LGBTQ+ Individuals: A Mixed-Method Exploration in One Midwestern City

 

Pre-Recorded Artistic Presentation

Mirrored Fatality's Cocoon Webs

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FAQs

After eight years of hosting the LGBTQ Research Symposium at the University of Illinois, the symposium will now take place in Kansas City, MO & be organized by Dr. Megan Paceley and a dedicated team of LGBTQ+ scholars at the University of Kansas (KU).
 
Drs. Megan Paceley & Elizabeth Holman co-founded the symposium when they were both graduate students at UIUC, and Dr. Ramona Oswald’s research lab has been planning and organizing it since. Dr. Oswald has moved into an administrative role and her students are moving into their careers. After much discussion, current and past organizers decided that the symposium would thrive with a new home. We are excited about this move to KU as the host in the Kansas City area. We hope that when in-person meetings resume, Kansas City will allow for increased travel-accessibility and new opportunities to expand the symposium. 
 
It’s certainly an interesting year to make this transition, given the challenges associated with COVID-19. The KU planning team has made the decision to host the 2021 LGBTQ Research Symposium fully online to prevent any last-minute cancellations and to promote accessibility of the symposium during these challenging times. Please save the dates and note our incredible keynote speaker. Please email any questions or concerns to mpaceley@ku.edu or LGBTQResearch@ku.edu.
 
We look forward to growing with you & hope you will provide us with critical and important feedback as we make this transition.
 

Up to 10 continuing education units (CEUs) will be available to those that register for this option. Each panel, workshop or roundtable that indicates it is CEU-eligible will count for 1.0 CEUs for social workers in the state of Kansas. You must attend the entire hour of the presentation for the CEU to count.

You will only get CEU credit for the sessions you attend in their entirety.

*CEU certificates will be available 3 weeks after the event.

Questions regarding CEUs can be directed to Robin Nelson: nelsonr@ku.edu

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KEY CONTACTS

Dr. Megan Paceley, mpaceley@ku.edu

Dr. Sarah Jen, srjen@ku.edu

Dr. Briana McGeough, briana.mcgeough@ku.edu

Dr. Michael Riquino, mriquino@ku.edu

Graduate Students

Jasmine Routon, MA

Jasmine Routon is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her undergraduate work focused on the experiences of LGBT moving out of rural Kentucky and into urban settings. Her Master's thesis entitled "Meet me at the bar? A comparison of Gay and Straight Men and their Utilization of the Bar Scene" compared partnered gay and straight men to reveal differences in social network composition, perceptions of social expectations, monogamy and commitment (Western Kentucky University, 2015).

​Jasmine's current research focuses on the health and well-being of rural LGBTQ. She is interested in studying community climate, sense of belonging, and access to resources. In the future, she hopes to address the unique experiences of rural LGBTQ homelessness. Additionally, Jasmine is currently serving on the board of directors at The UP Center of Champaign County, which is a multi-service agency dedicated to furthering the development and well-being of LGBTQ in the community. 

Web page: Illinois Directory
Email: routon2@illinois.edu

Jacob Goffnett, MSW

​Jacob’s research focuses on the phenomenology of shame among sexual and gender minority youth. Specifically, he is interested in shame’s influence over identity development and well-being, as well as, ways to counteract the deleterious effects of shame, such as empathy, validation, connection and critical consciousness. In addition, he is currently helping develop a measurement of critical consciousness of health inequalities among minority populations. Jacob’s practice has been with juvenile justice and child welfare involved youth, and survivors of trauma. 

Email: goffnet2@illinois.edu

Alyssa Billington, MA

Alyssa Billington is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Human  Development and Family Studies. She obtained her Master’s degree in psychological sciences from Northern Arizona University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Truman State University. Her Master’s thesis entitled “Navigating a Sexual Minority Self-Identity: Investigating Plurisexual Persons’ Adoption of a Sexual Identifier” examined the experiences of plurisexual individuals, how they defined their sexual identity labels, and how they came to adopt those labels. Alyssa’s current research focuses on plurisexual identity development and well-being.

Web page: Illinois Directory
Email: alyssab3@illinois.edu

Faculty

Ramona Oswald, PhD

Ramona Faith Oswald is Professor of Family Studies in the Department of Human and Community Development. She has served as Director of Graduate Programs for her department since 2004 and teaches courses on gender, sexuality, and research methods. Her research focuses on how sexual minorities navigate social, legal, and residential contexts and the effects that those contexts have upon their health and well-being. Dr. Oswald has mentored more than 30 graduate students at UIUC, and many more through her professional networks. She has received several national awards for her research and teaching.

Web page: Illinois Directory 
Email: roswald@illinois.edu

Shawn Mendez, PhD

Shawn N. Mendez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she also teaches in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. She received her PhD in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching focus on the ways that race, sexuality, gender, class and other social locations are interrelated, negotiated, and context dependent. Her previous work has focused on the experiences of LGBTQ people of color as they navigate the racialized contexts of their neighborhoods, and the experiences of rural, low income mothers. Her current work investigates the ways that LGQ parents in Black and mixed race families teach their teenagers about race and queer culture. 

Email: smendez@unca.edu

Elizabeth Holman, PhD, LSW

Elizabeth Holman is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Elizabeth received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. She previously earned an MS in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master's in Social Work, both from UIUC. Elizabeth's previous work has focused on the experiences of LGBTQ parents in nonmetropolitan communities. She has also explored lesbian and bisexual mother's experiences in rural communities in the context of poverty. Elizabeth has grown interested in researching contextual climate factors, and the ways in which climate can impact LGBTQ individuals and their family relationships. 

Elizabeth's current work focuses on workplace and organizational climate as a place of discrimination and minority stress for sexual minority employees in same-sex relationships. She is investigating the cross-contextual pathways of minority stress processes and the ways in which LGBTQ individuals navigate and negotiate the work/family border. In the future, she plans to continue studying social and legal climate, thinking about the ways that attitudes, laws and policies impact sexual minorities’ identities, relationships, families, and community involvement and attachment.  

Web Page: Bowling Green State University Directory
Email: eholman@bgsu.edu

Megan Paceley, PhD, LSW

Megan Paceley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She previously completed her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work. Her research addresses the need to better understand the impact of non-urban communities on the well-being of gender and sexual minority individuals. Her goal is that this research will contribute toward creating inclusive communities, decreasing marginalization, and reducing negative outcomes. 

Megan's research examines associations between community-level factors such as community size, community climate, and gender and sexual minority organizations and the health and well-being of gender and sexual minority youth. Her long-term research goal is to strengthen the national network of community-based resources by creating and assessing the effectiveness of community-level interventions on the well-being of non-urban gender and sexual minority youth. Her teaching interests include diversity and social justice, social welfare policy, research methods, and macro/community practice.

Web Page: Megan Paceley's profile page
Email: mpaceley@ku.edu


research symposium 2018
LGBTQ Research Symposium 2018

PAST LGBTQ RESEARCH SYMPOSIUMS

Canceled due to COVID-19

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019
Hyatt Place—Champaign
​217 N. Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820

10:00 to 1:00 p.m. Registration
11:00 to 12:30 p.m. Mentor Lunch

 

12:15 to 1 p.m. Poster Session

  • Attachment Identity as a Predictor of Relationship Satisfaction, Relationship Commitment, and Sexual Satisfaction among Heterosexual and Sexual-Minority Women (Amy L. Wright, Illinois State University)
  • What is chosen family?: A brief qualitative investigation of LGBTQ+ family units (Cole Milton, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)
  • A Decolonial Exploration of the Intersections of the LGBTQ South Asian Community (Tanvi Singh, Roosevelt University)
  • Classifying Sexual Identities Beyond Labels (Alyssa Billington, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • LGBT* After Loss: A Mixed-Method Analysis on the effect of partner bereavement on interpersonal relationships and subsequent partnerships (Dr. Rachael D. Nolan and Ronald Davis, Kent State University)
  • Transgender and gender non-conforming bereavement (TGNC): A case study on complicated grief experienced and the effect of partner suicide on interpersonal relationships and subsequent partnerships of the bereaved (Dr. Rachael D. Nolan and Ronald Davis, Kent State University)
  • Comparison of the Healthcare Experiences and Healthcare Avoidance between Binary and Nonbinary Transgender Youth (Taylor Boyer, University of Pittsburgh)

 
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Methodological Workshop

Building and Sustaining Community Partnerships
Led by: Dr. Megan Paceley, University of Kansas

3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Applied Break Out Session
 
Queering higher education: Rethinking grading to support students and faculty
Presenter: Shawn N. Mendez, UNC Asheville
 
An important part of changing the current climate toward LGBTQ people is encouraging innovation and self-care for everyone, but especially for educators who have an important influence on students’ lives. “Our grading system is broken, yet we educators keep using it,” maintains Linda Nilson, author of Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (2015). This workshop-style panel will introduce Nilson’s perspective (that grading requires an enormous investment of time by faculty but produces few benefits) and share faculty experiences with adopting specifications grading in their classes.

5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Social Event

  • Happy Hour at the Hyatt Bar & Lounge
  • Dinner on your own

FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019
Hyatt Place—Champaign
​217 N. Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820
 

8:00 to 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

  • Coffee and light breakfast will be served

9:00 to 10:25 a.m. Breakout Session 1
 

Promoting Change Through Research (CEU)

  • Navigating Our Place in History (Rae-Anne Montague, Chicago State University)
  • Community-driven Responses to Address the HIV Epidemic among Sexual and Gender Minority Hispanics/Latinxs: Voices from Social Service Providers and Community Health Workers. (Omar Valentin, Temple University)
  • Conducting Mental Health Research for Change: The LGBTQ+ Youth Affirmative Mindfulness Project (Gio Iacono, University of Toronto)
  • Creating supportive living environments: Evaluation of efficacy (Elizabeth G. Holman, Bowling Green State University)
  • Conceptualizing community and community climate to promote social change: Perspectives of young trans people in the Midwest (Megan Paceley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Family Processes

  • Relational Turning Points for Parents and LGBTQ Children (Tee R. Tyler, Texas Christian University)
  • Experiences of Diverse Adolescents with LGBTQ Parents (Rachel H. Farr, University of Kentucky)
  • Personal Faith and Professional Ethics: Best Practice with the Families of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth (Sloan Okrey Anderson, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities)
  • Student Reflections Associated with Parent-LGBTQ Child Simulations (Tee R. Tyler, Texas Christian University)

10:25 to 10:40 a.m. Break 

10:40 to 12:05 p.m. Breakout Session 2
 

Community Organizations (CEU)

  • Characteristics and Correlates of LGBTQ-Serving Community-Based Organizations who Offer Services Specifically for Queer People of Color (Natasha D. Williams, University of Maryland)
  • A Census of LGBTQ Youth-Serving Community-Based Organizations in the United States (Jessica N. Fish, University of Maryland)
  • Latent Profiles of Supportive Environment for SGM Youth in Rural Settings (Matthew W. Austin, University of Arizona)
  • Promoting Empowerment-Based Service Settings for Transgender and Nonbinary Youth (M. Alex Wagaman, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Intersections of Race, Sexuality, and Gender

  • An Exploratory Analysis of The Sociopolitical Involvement of Trans and Gender-Nonconforming People of Color (Briana Williams, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Being a Woman of Color, Presumed Straight:  An Exploration of the Life World Context of Bisexual Women of Color (Sarah Mitchell, University of Missouri)
  • Transgressing Che: Irina Layevska Echeverría Gaitán, Disability Politics, and Transgendering the New Man in Mexico, 1964-2001 (Robert Franco, Duke University)
  • Racialized Sexual Discrimination (RSD) and Psychological Wellbeing Among Young Black Gay/Bisexual (YBGBM) (Ryan Wade, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Masculinity and Mental Health: The Intersectional Challenges of Gay Black Men (Keith J. Watts, Virginia Commonwealth University)

12:05 to 1:35 p.m. Lunch & Keynote

  • Buffet lunch, including meat, vegetarian and vegan options, will be served
  • Student paper award presented
  • New faculty paper award presented
  • Keynote: Dr. Kevin Nadal, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate Center at the City University of New York

1:35 to 1:50 p.m. Break

1:50 to 3:15 p.m. Breakout Session 3 
 

Educational Contexts (CEU)

  • School Climate and LGBT Adolescent Mental Health (Sharon Colvin, University of Pittsburgh)
  • “I still feel like I can’t quite be myself”: Bisexual Students’ Experiences with Invisibility, Marginalization, and Exclusion within LGBTQ Campus Spaces (Jayna Tavarez, University of North Carolina—Asheville)
  •  “I’m So GLAAD: An Examination into the Experience of the LGBTQ Student at the HBCU” (Naykishia D. Head, Bowling Green State University)
  • Latinx Youth Disclosure of Sexual Orientation to Parents, Friends, and School Adults (Zhenqiang Zhao, University of Arizona)

Adverse Experiences

  • Young Transgender Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Latent Class Analysis of Protective Processes (Rachel C. Garthe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Developmental Reasons Sexual Minority Emerging Adults Engage in Substance Use: A Pilot Comparison of Heterosexual and Non-Heterosexual Individuals (Jacob Goffnett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Victimization and Suicidal Ideation Among LGBQ Youth and Students with Disabilities: An Examination of Intersecting Identities (Matthew King, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Minority Capacity Framework: Unstably housed SGM individuals and families in rural communities (Jasmine Routon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

 
3:15 to 3:40 p.m. Break
 
3:40 to 5:05 p.m. Breakout Session 4
Behavioral Health Concerns for Trans and Gender Non-conforming People
Invited Moderator: Howard Brown Health Center

  • Howard Brown Health will provide a 1 hour continuing education for ALL licensed professionals in Illinois, including, CNE, CME, CE for SW, PT, OT, PsyD and Pharm through the Rush University Inter-Professional Continuing Education Office focused on increasing capacity for Trans and Gender nonconforming individuals. The training will focus on best practices for patient-focused care, trauma informed care, and harm reduction.

Ambiguous Loss Panel
Invited Moderator: Jenifer K. McGuire

  • Ambiguous loss (AL) is often described as “here, but not here” and represents a loss with which cultural scripts are unavailable, disrupting relationships and leading to an upheaval or questioning of social roles (e.g., am I still a part of this family? If so, how?). Each of the four papers in this symposium explore understudied identities in the context of AL research while providing support for extending research on AL to new contexts, utilizing quantitative approaches, and focusing on the relationship to one’s self.

2018 Tentative Schedule
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. 1st St.
Champaign, IL 61820

9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Registration

Methodological Workshops
10:00 to 12:00 p.m. Quantitative Approaches to Intersectionality

  • Led by Dr. Russell Toomey, University of Arizona.
  • Dr. Russ Toomey is an an associate professor of Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Dr. Toomey's research examines the processes by which youth with multiple marginalized identities thrive and are resilient despite the barriers and challenges they encounter in society (e.g., discrimination). His workshop will focus on the integration of an intersectionality lens in quantitative research with LGBTQ populations.

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
 

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Exploring Ethnographic Methods

  • Led by Dr. Soo Ah Kwon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Soo Ah Kwon is the author of Uncivil Youth: Race, Activism, and Affirmative Governmentality (Duke University Press, 2013) and co-editor of South Korea’s Educational Exodus: The Life and Times of Early Study Abroad (University of Washington Press, 2015). She is currently writing a book titled Youth Participation and the Making of Global Citizens. The workshop will provide a brief outline of ethnographic methods. Attendees will develop an ethnographic methodology plan as an outcome.

 
3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion

5:30  to 7:00 p.m. Social Event: LGBTQ Trivia

  • Includes:
    • Entertainment by Leggs McMuffin, award winning Champaign-Urbana drag queen
    • Pizza dinner (vegetarian and meat options only; no vegan options)
    • Prizes for winning trivia teams
    • Cash bar available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018
I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. 1st St.
Champaign, IL 61820

8:00  to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

  • Coffee and light breakfast will be served.
  • Poster presenters should drop off their posters at the registration table - they will be displayed for you.

9:00 to 10:20 a.m. Breakout Session 1
Clinical Perspectives (CEU)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Anita Hund

  • An overview Consensual Qualitative Research methodology in LGBT research (Douglas Knutson, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)
  • Preparing Counseling Students for Clinical Practice with Parents and LGBTQ Children (Tee Tyler, Beatrice Robinson, Farren Barnett, Hunter Fischer, Elizabeth Holman, Cassidy Spaeth, Texas Christian University)
  • Adversity, Discrimination, and Depression among Sexual Minority Individuals (Briana McGeough, University of California, Berkeley)
  • A Profile of Therapy-Seeking Transgender Clients and Implications for Therapists (Jennifer Coppola, Tristan Martin, & Rashmi Gangamma, Syracuse University Department of Marriage and Family Therapy)

Queer Research in Rural Contexts
Invited Moderator: Dr. Ramona Oswald

  • Where Do They Turn? An Examination of the Social Support Provided for African American LGBTQ Youth Living in Rural Areas (Briana Williams, Claflin University)
  • Diverse community contexts and support for SGM youth: A mixed methods study (Megan S. Paceley, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare; Jessica N. Fish, Aaron Conrad, Nikolaus Schuetz)
  • Working to improve the health and quality of life of aging LGBTQ individuals: the KY LGBTQ aging needs assessment (Aaron Guest & Beth Hunter, University of Kentucky- Graduate Center for Gerontology)
  • Queer Mobility vs. Rootedness: A Case Study of Queer Adults’ Perspectives on their Experiences as Youth in a Rural Community. (University of Arizona, Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies)

10:20 to 10:40 a.m. Break 

10:40 to 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2
Family Processes (CEU)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Aaron Ebata

  • Economic marginality among LGB-parented families: A systematic review (Jasmine Routon, Yang Wang, Shuo Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Cultural Discourses from Parent and LGBTQ Child Conversations (Tee Tyler, Beatrice Robinson, Farren Barnett, Hunter Fischer, Elizabeth Holman, Cassidy Spaeth, Texas Christian University)
  • 'That is the most important thing, that she is happy:' Resilient parenting of a transgender young adult (Samuel H. Allen, University of Maryland; Jenifer K. McGuire, Jory M. Catalpa, University of Minnesota)

Queer Intersections
Invited Moderator: Dr. Shawn Mendez

  • Racism Among Queer Men Who Use Geosocial Networking Applications: A Review and Suggestions For Future Research (David Hutsell & DeDe Wohlfarth, Spalding University, School of Professional Psychology)
  • “The In-Between Spaces of Those Labels”: Lived Experiences of Bisexual Women of Color (Sarah N. Mitchell, Marilyn Coleman, & Lawrence Ganong, University of Missouri - Columbia)
  • The Case for Latinx: Analyzing Differences in Political Behavior Among Latinx (Melina Juarez, University of New Mexico)

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote

  • Buffet lunch, including meat, vegetarian and vegan options, will be served
  • Student paper award presented

1:30 to 2:10 p.m. Poster Session   

  • Perceptions of Acceptance Among LGBT College Students Involved in Intramural and Recreational Sport (Christine Fuston, Okahoma State University- Counseling Psychology)
  • Recollections of First Contact with Gender and Sexual Minority Concepts: A Retrospective Theme Analysis (Samuel T. Brunn & Rachel H. Farr, University of Kentucky)
  • Single Women's Activism in the Era of Trump (Erin S. Lavender-Stott, Virginia Tech)

2:10 to 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 3
Gender, Sexuality, and Identity (CEU)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Jen McGuire

  • Retrospective Narratives of Childhood: Feelings of Difference Based on Gender and Sexuality in Emerging Adults (Kyle A. Simon, C. P. Della-Vázquez,  S. T. Bruun, & R. H. Farr; University of Kentucky)
  • Not Trans Enough? A Qualitative Study of Diversity in Genderqueer Identity (Quin Morrow, Jenifer McGuire, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Social Sciences;  Stephen T. Russell, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Faith Community Boundary Ambiguity for Transgender Youth and Young Adults (S. Okrey Anderson, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Department of Family Social Science)
  • Navigating a sexual minority self-identity: Investigating plurisexual persons' adoption of a sexual identifier (Alyssa Billington, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Andrew S. Walters, Northern Arizona University)

 
Current Social and Political Climate
Invited Moderator: Dr. Monica McDermott

  • Employment Discrimination and Barriers to Employment by transgender people (Gina Rosich, Fordham University)
  • Changing Perspectives, Widening Views: Queer Identities on Evangelical Christian Campuses (Kaitlin A. Black, Salve Regina University)
  • Fleeing the Closet: Refugee Programs and LGBTQ Policy in  the Asylum Seeking Process (Gaurav Lalsinghani, University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Statistics)
  • Those Who Forget History: How We Can Save Ourselves in the Age of Trump (Joyce D. Meyer)

 
3:30 to 3:50 p.m. Break

3:50 to 5:10 p.m. Breakout Session 4-Panel
Decentering Ethnocentrism in Research on LGBTQ Families of Color: A Transnational Intersectional Approach  (Shawn N. Mendez, UNC Asheville; Suisui Wang, Indiana University-Bloomington; Amy Brainer, University of Michigan- Dearborn)
 
5:10 to 8:00 p.m. Meet Up networking event for dinner and drinks

THURSDAY MAY 25, 2017
2nd floor Ballroom
Illini Union
1401 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Registration

  • located on the 2nd floor outside the ballroom

Methodological Workshops
 

10:00 to 12:00 p.m. Connecting with LGBTQ Communities Through Culturally Competent Internet Research

  • Led by Dr. Rachel Magee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

12:00 to 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own).

  • There are many restaurants located in the Basement Food Court of the Illini Union
  • Many other lunch locations located on Green Street just West of the Illini Union (exit the building through the North doors that face Green St (not the quad side) and turn left)

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Engaging the Messy Work of Community Situated Research

  • Led by Dr. Jeananne Nichols, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Break

  • Men’s and Women’s restrooms located on 2nd floor
  • All gender restroom located on 1st floor, Northeast side near room 104

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Academia and Activism
 

  • This panel will discuss the role that Universities can play in advocating for social change alongside community activists. Panel members will discuss their organization’s work and how it relates to the broader context of academia. A discussion will follow, including questions from the audience.
  • Includes presenters from: The Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County, Champaign-Urbana, Community United Church of Christ, Black Lives Matter: Champaign-Urbana, and The Education Justice Project of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Social Event: LGBTQ Trivia

  • Includes:
    • Entertainment by Leggs McMuffin, award winning Champaign-Urbana drag queen
    • Pizza dinner (vegetarian and meat options only; no vegan options)
    • Prizes for winning trivia teams

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cash bar available

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
Illini Union
1401 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration, 3rd floor outside of room 314

  • Coffee and light breakfast will be served.
  • Poster presenters should drop off their posters at the registration table - they will be displayed for you.

9:00 to 10:20 a.m. Breakout Session 1
Trans* Innovations (Room 314 A)
Invited Moderator: S. Okrey-Anderson

  • Beyond Barriers: A photovoice project on transgender healthcare access. (Emily Pike, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Client centered therapy as applied to work with transgender and gender diverse clients. (Douglas Knutson & Julie M. Koch, Oklahoma State University)
  • Perspectives of caregivers of transgender and gender nonconforming children with ADHD. (Derek J. Mahan, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities & Katherine A. Kuvalanka, Miami University of Ohio) 

Family Processes (314 B; CEUs available)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Holman

  • Sexual minority adults raised in religious families: A national survey of family and college life. (Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ashley Wiegand, Dasha Carver, Saint Louis University)
  • A grounded theory study of the parent and LGBTQ child relational process. (Tee R. Tyler & Jenna Stephenson, Texas Christian University)
  • A snapshot of the experiences of pansexual adolescents: A descriptive exploration of disclosure experiences. (Mary R. Nedela, Michelle M. Murray, & Erika L. Grafsky, Virginia Tech)
  • Social identity transitioning in the context of LGBTQ close relationships. (Tee R. Tyler, Texas Christian University)

10:20 to 10:40 a.m. Break (all gender restroom located on the first floor, NE side)

10:40 to 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2
Queer Intersections (314 A)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Julie Dowling

  • Serodiscordance: Divergent narratives of two HIV positive gay Black men from the southern US. (Samuel H Allen, University of Maryland)
  • Influence of sexual orientation disclosure, family support, spirituality, and community involvement in the well being of LGBT+ Muslims. (Greta L. Stuhlsatz, Shane A. Kavanaugh, Ashley B. Taylor, Tricia K. Neppl, & Brenda J. Lohman, Iowa State University)
  • Racial and queer socialization in Black and mixed race LGQ parent families. (Shawn N. Mendez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Community based research with LGBT affirming Black churches about the HIV AIDS crisis. (Terrence O. Lewis, West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

Clinical Perspectives (314 B; CEUs available)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Erika Grafsky

  • Coping strategies, substance use, and mental health among sexual and gender minority youth. (Megan S. Paceley, University of Kansas, Jessica Fish, University of Texas – Austin, & Nikolaus Schuetz, University of Kansas)
  • Implementing attachment based family therapy in community settings for suicidal LGBTQ youth. (Jody Russon, Drexel University)
  • The PROSY Project: A program evaluation of a piloted multifaceted mental health service project for black sexual minority adolescents in foster care and the child welfare system. (Eddie D. Burks, Adler University)
  • LGBTQ psychology graduate students: Is our space affirming? (Dawn Brown, Miguel Herrera, Divya Robin, & Anita Hund, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Keynote (CEUs available)

  • Buffet lunch, including meat, vegetarian and vegan options, will be served
  • Illini Union 2nd Floor Ballroom
  • Student paper award presented
  • Keynote: “The Family Acceptance Project,” Dr. Caitlin Ryan, San Francisco State University

2:00 to 3:20 p.m. Breakout Session 3
Sex & Romance (314 A) 
Invited Moderator: Dr. Kale Monk

  • Relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, and attachment identity between heterosexual and sexual minority females. (Amy L. Wright, Louisiana State University)
  • Discussions of bisexuality among sexual minority women of the baby boom cohort. (Erin S. Lavender-Stott, Virginia Tech)
  • “We are two of the lucky ones:” Marriage and family well-being for same-sex couples. (Heather R. Kennedy, Steven Dreesman, & Rochelle L. Dalla, University of Northern-Iowa)
  • Wading into the polyamorous dating pool with gender diverse folks. (Julie Walsh, Indiana University)

Community Engaged Research (314 B; CEUs available)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Aaron Ebata

  • Community capacity for LGBT parent families living in nonmetropolitan communities. (Jasmine Routon & Ramona Faith Oswald, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Gay Dayton: An oral history project. (Jim McKinnon, Dayton LGBT Center, Dayton, OH)
  • Non-binary identities and gender expression: A photovoice pilot. (Marea K. Kinney & Richard A. Brandon-Friedman, Indiana University)

3:20 to 3:40 p.m. Break (all gender restroom located on the first floor, NE side)

3:40 to 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 4
Generation Gender and Sexual Minority (314 A; CEUs available)
Invited Moderator: Jasmine Routon

  • Generation GSM: Research and practice with today's gender and sexual minority youth

Queer Methods (314 B)
Invited Moderator: Dr. Ramona Faith Oswald

  • Queer methods: Toward gender literate measurement. (Jory M. Catalpa & Jenifer McGuire, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)
  • Eliciting minority stress: The development of novel film-based stimuli for experimental research on sexual minorities. (Ilana Seager & Amelia Aldao, The Ohio State University)
  • Reflections from a queer researcher doing queer research. (Kristen E. Benson, North Dakota State University)

 
5:00 to 5:15 p.m. Break (all gender restroom located on the first floor, NE side)

5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Poster Session and Networking (2nd floor Ballroom)

  • Poster presenters should stand near their posters for the first 30 minutes
  • Snacks provided
  • Cash bar available

Posters:

  • Experimental induction of minority stress and peer influence: What is most linked to risky decision making by sexual minority adults? (Hunter Hahn, Ilana Seager; Nathaniel Haines, & Woo-Young Ahn, The Ohio State University)
  • A exploration of workplace experiences amongst self-identified minority beginning therapists. (Natasha Williams, Purdue University Northwest)
  • Gay male teachers: Problems with passion and policy. (Alex Dzurick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Quality of life for the US military LGB service member in open service. (Karolina Przegienda, Adler University)
  • Radical honesty: An LGBTQ music educator’s negotiation of professional identity and responsibility. (Latasha Thomas, Michigan State University)
  • The relationship between sexuality, professional identity integration, and empathy in the communal workplace. (Casey Vázquez, Kyle A Simon, Melanie M Henderson, Jacob T Henicheck, & Rachel H Farr, University of Kentucky.)
  • Retrospective feelings of difference among sexual minority and heterosexual adults. (Kyle A. Simon, University of Kentucky)
  • Transgender youth in school music ensembles. (Emma Joy Jampole, University of Wisconsin Madison)
  • Understanding gender fluidity. (Kelli Zenner & Maya Gann-Bociek, Southern Illinois University)

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016 

Methodological Workshops: I Hotel Illinois BC Ballroom
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Innovative recruitment strategies and working with qualitative data (Ramona F. Oswald, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Finding and using large datasets in LGBTQ+ research (Jessica N. Fish, University of Texas - Austin)
 
Poster Presentations and Social Networking: I Hotel Illinois BC Ballroom
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

7:30 to 8:00 a.m. Registration open at the I-Hotel and coffee and pastries will be served
 
8:00 to  9:20 a.m. Breakout Session 1
Focusing on Trans* Youth (Knowledge Room)
Invited Moderator: Maurice Gattis

  • Suicide as self-preservation: Contradictory resilience in trans-identified youth (Quintin Hunt, Jenifer K. McGuire, & Jory M. Catalpa, University of Minnesota)
  • Family transitions: A qualitative analysis of ambiguous loss among transgender youth (Jory M. Catalpa & Jenifer McGuire, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)
  • The mental health experiences of transgender high school students in Dane County, Wisconsin: Results from a representative sample (June Paul & Andrea Larson, University of Wisconsin-Madison) 

Violence and Abuse (Innovation Room)                   
Invited Moderator: Jennifer Hardesty

  • Examining the Access Barriers to Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter from the Perspective of Transgender Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (Carla Smith, Urban Resource Institute)
  • A Mixed-methods Study of Sexual Violence and Familial Support in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults (Sasha Canan & Kristen Jozkowski, University of Arkansas)
  • Coming Out Competent: Suggested Modifications of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the LGBTQ+ Population (Tabitha Evans & Cathleen Schild, Pacific University, School of Professional Psychology) 

9:20 to 9:40 a.m. Break

9:40 to 11:00 a.m. Breakout Session 2
Contextual Support (Knowledge Room)                   
Invited Moderator: TBA

  • Family Support, Health, and Happiness Among Black and Latina/o Sexual Minorities (Brandi Woodell & Alexis Swendener, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Peer victimization, school-belonging, and suicidality among LGBQ youth: Do parental support and self-compassion dampen poor outcomes? (Tyler Hatchel, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • The Relationship Between Types of Social Support on the Mental Health Among Emerging Adult Gay and Bisexual Cisgender Men and Transgender Women of Color Who Have Transacted Sex (Jordon Bosse, Louis F. Graham, & William D Lopez,  University of Massachusetts) 

The Post Marriage Equality Agenda (Innovation Room)      
Invited Moderator: Brian Ogolsky

  • The Influence of Individuals' Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage on Experiences of Stress, Instability, and Relationship Maintenance (TeKisha Rice, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Marriage equality: Insights from members of married and non-married same-sex couples in Mid-West (Heather R. Kennedy, University of Northern Iowa)
  • Narrative (counter-)mobilizations in U.S. same-sex marriage struggle (Alex Kulick, University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Separation and custody negotiations in sexual and gender minority (SGM) couples (Eugene L. Hall & Jenifer K. McGuire, University of Minnesota)

11:00 to 12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Keynote Address with Q&A

  • Juan Battle, PhD, The City University of New York

1:30 to 2:50 p.m. Breakout Session 3
Negotiating Identity in Context (Knowledge Room)          
Invited Moderator: Megan Paceley

  • Fitting in: A study of lesbian mothers in rural southeastern Michigan (Allison Ranusch, Eastern Michigan University)
  • Lived experiences of two gay music educators: A comparative case study (Sarah Minette, Arizona State University)
  • The cross-contextual effects of minority stress processes across the work/family border (Elizabeth G. Holman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Barriers to Help Seeking (Innovation Room)                      
Invited Moderator: Anita Hund

  • Alienation, fear, and powerlessness: One transgender individuals experience of incarceration (Megan Reese, Pacific University)
  • Services to LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth: Gaps and recommendations (Elaine M. Maccio, Louisiana State University; Kristin M. Ferguson-Colvin, Arizona State University)
  • Promising programs for LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth (Kristin M. Ferguson-Colvin, Arizona State University; Elaine M. Maccio, Louisiana State University)
  • Determinants of preventative healthcare delay among transgender and gender nonconforming college students in the United States (Jordon Bosse, University of Massachusetts)

2:50 to 3:10 p.m. Break

3:10 to 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 4
Parenting & Socialization (Knowledge Room)                    
Invited Moderator: Kate Kuvalanka

  • An intersectional perspective on family socialization for societal prejudices: Experiences of preparation for bias among latina/o LGB youth (Russell B. Toomey, Maura Shramko, Karla Anhalt, &Melissa Flores, University of Arizona)
  • Gender and sexual minority youth in Christian home schools:  Perceptions of climate and support (Sarah Okrey Anderson, University of Illinois)
  • Queer and ethnoracial socialization: Understanding LGB parent families of color (Shawn Mendez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • “I’m already in this community, but it is still challenging”: On being a lesbian with a transgender child (Samuel H. Allen & Katherine A. Kuvalanka, University of Maryland)

Emerging Concerns in Sampling & Measurement (Innovation Room)      
Invited Moderator: Aaron Ebata

  • Methodological issues conducting LGBT research in the United States and Turkey (Sierra K. Dimberg, Gulsah Kemer, Jeffrey Mintert, & Ezgi Toplu-Demirtas , Arizona State University)
  • An Empirical Assessment of Two Online Recruitment Mechanisms in Research with Same-Sex, Gender Non-Conforming, and Transgender Couples (Claire A. Wood, Hongjian Cao,&  W. Roger Mills-Koonce, University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
  • Psychometric testing of The LGBT Climate Inventory:  Hostility and support are not two sides of the same coin (Jessica N. Fish, University of Texas- Austin;  Elizabeth Holman & Ramona F. Oswald, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Abbie E. Goldberg, Clark University)
  • Inclusive and exclusive approaches to studying sexual minorities: I embrace you but my inclusion criteria does not (Rebecca Schlesinger, Kathleen Alto, Stefan Jadaszewski, & Steven Palmieri, The University of Akron) 

4:30 to 4:50 p.m. Break

​4:50 to 6:10 p.m. Breakout Session 5: Panel Discussions
Building LGBTQ Research Partnerships Between Universities and K-12 Public Schools (Knowledge Room)  

  • Johnell Bentz & Michael Parrish, Rainbow Bookbag

 
Becoming a Sexual and Gender Minority Scholar: Advice for Students and Young Professionals (Innovation Room)

  • Jessica N. Fish, University of Texas-Austin; Sarah Steelman, Virginia Tech; Ramona Oswald, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Kate Kuvalanka, Miami University; Russell Toomey, University of Arizona; Megan Paceley, University of Kansas

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Latent Class Analysis (methodological workshop)

  • Led by Dr. Jessica Fish, University of Arizona
  • ACES Library, UIUC (1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL)
  • Monsanto Room (in the basement) 

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Participatory Action Research (methodological workshop)

  • Led by Dr. M. Alex Wagaman, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • ACES Library, UIUC (1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL)
  • Monsanto Room (in the basement)

Dinner is not provided.

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Registration open at the I-Hotel

  • Coffee and pastries will be served.

 
8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Keynote address with Q&A

  • Researching LGBTQ Families in a Time of Change
  • Dr. Abbie Goldberg, Clark University
  • Illinois BC Ballroom

10:00 to 10:20 a.m. BREAK

 
10:20 to 11:40 a.m. Breakout session 1
Law and Policy: Changing the Context (Loyalty room)

  • Legal recognition of same-sex relationship: New possibilities for research on the role of marriage law in household labor allocation (Deborah A. Widiss, Indiana University)
  • Marriage equality policy and well-being for members of same-sex couples (Heather R. Kennedy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Research with and for LGBTQ youth (Excellence Room)

  • Gender, body size, and body image: A qualitative analysis of transgender youth (Jennifer L. Doty, Jory M. Catalpa, Na Zhang, Jenifer McGuire, University of Minnesota)
  • Body art as representations of identity among transgender youth (Alison J. Chrisler, Michigan State University; Jenifer K. McGuire, University of Minnesota)
  • Out from under the umbrella: Addressing the unique needs of bisexually attracted young adults (A. Del Quest, University of North Dakota)
  • Intersections and identities: Black LGBQ youths' perceptions of parental acceptance/rejection and psychological wellbeing (Monique D. Walker, Drexel University)

11:40 to 12:30 p.m. Lunch (included in registration costs)

  • Buffet lunch will be served.
  • Illinois BC Ballroom
  • The Outstanding Student Paper Award will be presented.

12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Breakout session 2
Rural Invisibility (Loyalty room)

  • The health of rural gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men: Engaging communities to move from invisibility to action (Randolph D. Hubach, Colton Brown, Joseph M. Currin, Oklahoma State University)

LGBTQ Victimization and Homophobia in Schools (Excellence Room)

  • Variations in school-based victimization and associations with psychological wellbeing across transgender subgroups (June Paul, Maurice Gattis, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Preliminary qualitative findings associated with experiences of homophobia in the classroom from the social work student speaks out survey (Michael P. Dentato, Loyola University Chicago)
  • Are school policies focused on sexual orientation and gender identity associated with less bullying? Teachers' perspectives. (Jack Day, Stephen Russell, University of Arizona; Russell Toomey, Kent State University; Salvatore Ioverno, Sapienza University of Rome)

1:50 to 2:00 p.m. BREAK
 
2:00 to 3:20 p.m. Breakout session 3
Methodological Considerations in Diverse Social Contexts (Loyalty room)

  • Finding the hidden participant: Recruitment experiences from two qualitative studies with doubly vulnerable LGB populations (Amy Ellard-Gray, University of Guelph)
  • Using mixed methods to engage with social change and the changing social context for LGBT populations (Megan S. Paceley, Amanda Hwu, Hortencia Arizpe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Challenges of conducting sexual minority research in Southwest Virginia (Erin S. Lavender-Stott, Erika Grafsky, Sarah Steelman, Hoa Nguyen, Emily Haugen, John Wall, Virginia Tech)

Queering Relationship Research (Excellence Room)

  • Men's friendships: When, where, and why do identities matter? (Jeremy Robinett, Western Illinois University)
  • Coming out experiences of lesbian adoptees (Theresa A. Cain, Smith College)
  • When two become one: Erasure of bi-identity in monogamous relationships (Sarah M. Steelman, Erika L. Grafsky, Virginia Tech)
  • Fatherhood in America: Path analysis using a national dataset and methodological challenges in a queer analysis of family formation (Emma C. Potter, Tina Savla, Christine Kaestle, Virginia Tech)

3:20 to 3:40 p.m. BREAK

3:40 to 5:00 p.m. Breakout session 4
Moving Forward and Creating Change (Loyalty room)

  • The school experiences of transgender and gender noncomonforming youth in Wisconsin (Maurice Gattis, Sara McKinnon, Lane Hanson, & Sean Hubbard University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Ally as a verb: Allying for sexual minorities in the classroom (Jennifer Thomas, Christopher Cayari, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Countering the norm, re-authoring our lives: The promise counter-storytelling has for LGBTQ youth (Lorraine C. Obejero, M. Alex Wagaman, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Building Social Supports for LGBTQ Populations (Excellence Room)

  • The emotional wellbeing of mothers of gender nonconforming children: Predictors, moderators, and reflections (Sam Allen, University of Maryland; Katherine Kuvalanka, Miami University; Leigh Leslies, University of Maryland)
  • LGBQ social support profiles and their association with mental health and substance use (Jessica N. Fish, Jack K. Day, Andrea Tanaka, Stephen T. Russell, Arnold H. Grossman, University of Arizona)
  • "If you woke up tomorrow and homosexuality was completely accepted…": Descriptions of the total acceptance homosexuality by members of a university's LGBTAQ community (Craig Tollini, Julie Herbstrith, Sharrice Hewlett-Boyd, Marjorie Hurtado, Western Illinois University)
  • Support, hostility, and LGBTQ well-being: The role of religion, community, and family (Elizabeth G. Holman, Sarah Okrey-Anderson, Ramona Faith Oswald, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

2nd Annual LGBT Research Symposium: Intersectional Identities in LGBT Research

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
UIUC School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Research Work Groups
Based on last year's participants' recommendations, the Symposium Steering Committee will create topic-based Research Work    

Groups. A research workgroup is an opportunity for peers to discuss, critique and suggest solutions for issues related to LGBT research. Participants will have the opportunity to share manuscript drafts or ongoing research projects with one another. These workgroups may also be used to exchange theoretical concepts or work through preliminary research ideas. Workgroups and topics will be set based on those participants who have indicated an interest in the symposium event, however, participants are free to move between workgroups and engage in multiple conversations. 
 

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
I-Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL

Panel Discussion A: Methods – An Exploration of Identity
Presentations:

“Sexual behavior in a national sample of older adults: Descriptive findings, unasked questions, and missed opportunities” Maria T. Brown, PhD, LMSW, Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute; Brian R. Grossman, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

“A rose by any other name: Implications of multiple methods of classifying sexual orientation on relationships research” David W. Hutsell, BS, University of Cincinnati; Sarah W. Whitton, PhD, University of Cincinnati

 “Reconstructing the mosaic: Why intersectionality matters in sexual minority research” Jessica Fish, Florida State University

“Where have all the LGBT elders gone?: Examining the universe of publications on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP)” Brian R. Grossman, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Maria T. Brown, PhD, LMSW, Syracuse  University Aging Studies Institute

Panel Discussion B: Detroit Youth Passages Project
Presentations:

“Detroit youth passages: Addressing economic crises, residential instability, and sexual vulnerability among African-American  and Latino/a gender and sexually marginalized communities” Louis Graham, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; William Lopez, University of Michigan; Jerry Peterson, Executive Director, Ruth Ellis Center; Alex Kulick, University of Michigan

                                 
Panel Discussion C: Methods – An Exploration of Measurement
Presentations:

“Assessing measures of community climate for nonmetropolitan LGBTQ adults” Elizabeth G. Holman, MS, MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ramona F. Oswald, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Methodological issues in quantitatively studying LGBT people” Jasmine Routon, Western Kentucky University

“Pilot testing a measurement tool assessing service provider practice behavior related to LGBTQ youth in treatment” Megan E. Gandy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Panel Discussion D: Participatory Research Approaches
Presentations:

“Youth voices and social change in LGBTQ research: Reflecting on and learning from participatory research approaches” Alex Kulick, University of Michigan; Ira Bohm-Sanchez, Phoenix College; Alex Wagaman, Virginia Commonwealth University; Laura Wernick, Fordham University; Louis F. Graham, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Keynote address
Keynote Speaker: Russell Toomey, PhD

“More than just Queer or Trans*: Exploring youth risk and resilience through a quantitative intersectional lens”

Dr. Toomey is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University. His research examines why marginalized youth in the United States (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth; Latino youth) experience disparate rates of poor health (mental and physical) developmental and academic outcomes, and attempts to identify the processes that promote well-being and reduce risk for these populations.
Dr. Toomey's presentation.

Panel Discussion E: A Discussion of Race and LGBTQ Identity
Presentations:

“Forging the intersection: Creating affirming space on campus for LGBT-identified people and/or people of color” Stephanie J.  Cunningham, PhD, The University of Southern Indiana

“A mediation on queer strategies of kinship and queer familia at Java High” Tanya Diaz-Kozlowski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Understanding the importance of context and intersecting identities: A measure of racial exposure for sexual minorities in rural communities” Shawn Mendez, BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Panel Discussion F: Family Disclosure and Support
Presentations:

“The impact of family support on depression and depressive symptoms in lesbians: A review” Judith Leitch, University of Maryland-Baltimore

“Family stress theory: Understanding family reactions to coming out” Alison Chrisler, Michigan State University

“Experiences and recommendations for coming out as reported by a sample of resilient young sexual minority men” Laura Jane Bry, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Panel Discussion G: Practice with LGBTQ Populations
Presentations:

“Where is the social work literature on LGB populations? A 15 year review of the literature” Michael D. Pelts, University of Missouri

“Incidences of bias in the medical encounter of transgender patients” Molly Russo, The Wright Institute

“Access with pride: Lessening anxiety and other barriers to LGBTQ-related information in libraries” Taylor Parks, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Panel Discussion H: LGBTQ Youth
Presentations:

“Aspiring for more: The educational consequences of bullying on sexual and gender minority youth” Kevin Claybren, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Safe in the stacks: Public libraries as community spaces for homeless LGBTQ youth” Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Edwin Cortez, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Reid Isaac Boehm, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Community climate and positive youth development in nonmetropolitan gender and sexual minority youth” Hortencia Arizpe, BSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013
I-Hotel and Conference Center
Champaign, IL

Panel Discussion A: Pushing the Boundaries of Theory and Method in LGBTQ Research

Presentations:

"Do ask, Do tell! Sampling issues in a study of LGBT military and veterans.” Christopher Cotten, PhD, Department of Social Work, University of West Florida

"The interpersonal context of self in society: Incorporating relational influences and outcomes to Minority Stress Theory.”  Jessica N. Fish, Department of Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University

“Identity and daily experience in queer emerging adults.” Catherine Rogers, Department of Human Development and Family Science, North Dakota State University

Methodological challenges and opportunities in studying the LGBT suicide ‘epidemic’ from an interactional perspective.”  Stephen DiDomenico, Department of Communication, Rutgers University

Panel Discussion B: Research on LGBTQ Concerns in Later Life

Presentations:

“Sexual identity development in same-sex attracted older adults.” Maya Pignatore, Nova Southeastern University

“Gender transitions in later life.” Vanessa D. Fabbre, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

“Awareness and preparedness of medical social workers regarding the needs of LGBT elders. Why it matters: A review of current literature and practice in a cohort of hospitals in central Pennsylvania.” Donald Anklam, Christina Reardon, MSW & Shiloh D. Erdley, LSW, DSW, College of Health Professions and School of Social Work, Temple University-Harrisburg

Panel Discussion C: LGBTQ Research from an Intersectional Perspective

Presentations:

“Testimonios of a Marimacha: Ethnographic tensions and resistance @ the Alliance School Milwaukee.” Tanya Diaz-Kozlowski, Education Policy Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“An exploratory study of sexual minority career decisions at a Historically Black University.” Latashia Harris, Women and Gender Studies, George Mason University

“Understanding the whole: The integration of race and sexual orientation.” Darren Whitfield, MSW, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

“The methodological challenges and opportunities for researching religious identity among LGBTQ populations.” Lance C.  Keene & Megan S. Paceley, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Panel Discussion D: Focus on the (LGBTQ) Family

Presentations:

“The state of LGBTQ family research: A critical reflection for inspiring change.” Kyle Zrenchik & Jory Catalpa, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

“Conceptualizing parent and LGBT child relationships: Integrating a relational dialectic framework.” Tee R. Tyler, LCSW &  Yolanda C. Padilla, LMSW-AP, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

“Who’s your daddy? The invisibility of female-born genderqueer parents.” Kimberly C. Alston-Stepnitz, Clinicial Psychology,  The Wright Institute
                             
Plenary Speakers:
Cheryl Angelaccio, Lambda Legal
Naomi Goldberg, Movement Advancement Project

Thank you to our fantastic keynote speakers. Both Cheryl and Naomi provided insightful evidence as to how research can and should inform practice and policy work. 

Panel Discussion E: Research with and for Service Providers

Presentations:

“Bringing awareness to gender role conflict in gay men.” Alexander Levine, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University

Double discrimination, strategic outness: Implications for clinical work with bisexual clients.” Elizabeth A. Clark, M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

“Immersion learning for LGBT cultural competence.” Teresa L. Beadlescomb & Lucy Mercier, Department of Social Work &  Youth Services, Saginaw Valley State University; Rena Harold, School of Social Work, Michigan State University

“Service providers’ attitudes toward LGBTQ youth in a mental health agency setting.” Megan E. Gandy, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University

Panel Discussion F: The ‘T’ in LGBTQ Research: Conversations on Gender in Research

Presentations:

“My cisgender comeuppance: A researcher’s cautionary tale.” Christopher Cotten, PhD, Department of Social Work, University  of West Florida
"Managing trans identity: A Foucauldean analysis of proposed changes for the DSM 5 regarding transgender mental health."    Zooey Pook, Oakland University

“Growing up LGBT in America.” Anne E. Nicoll, PhD, MSW, Nicoll Consulting & Ellen Kahn, Human Rights Campaign

“Gender non-conforming individuals and their family experiences.” Jessica Metcalf, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida