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Lecture: Dominican bugarrones (MSMs/Masculinity)

Thursday, September 13, 2018
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

This lecture presentation honors Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15.

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Dominican bugarrones: Masculinities, (in)Visibilities and Same-sex Performances" and it will be presented by Lauren Perez-Bonilla.

Synopsis: The topic of sex work in the Dominican Republic has been studied by multiple scholars during the past (Brennan, 2004; Cabezas, 2004; Sanchez Taylor, 2006). However, most of these have focused on female sex workers. In a way to break with the above mentioned, the following paper centers in Dominican bugarrones (men who have sex with other men, MSM) and the array of mechanisms they use to protect/impose their masculinity, (decide to) become (in)visible in society, and (successfully) perform for their clients as their only way to make a sustainable living. By employing an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the topic I seek to present the humane side of sex work(ers) while including their voices and experiences to the overall academic conversation regarding the matter.

Biography: Lauren M. Perez-Bonilla is a current PhD student in the Geography department at the University of Connecticut (UConn). She holds a master’s degree in International Studies and two graduate certificates; one in Human Rights and another in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from UConn as well. Previous to this, she earned her B.A. in Social Sciences with a minor in International Relations in 2015 from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus (UPR-RP). Her research interests include –but are not limited to– masculinities, HIV/AIDS, sex work(ers) in the Caribbean, and the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to discreet/sensitive data.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), el Instituto, Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, UConn Master Calendar

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