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Lecture: LGBT Social Attitudes & Political Behaviors

Thursday, February 11, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Timothy Bussey, entitled, "Understanding Contemporary LGBT Social Attitudes and Political Behaviors."

Synopsis: This talk will utilize data from the Pew 2013 Survey of LGBT Adults and LGBTQ+ history to understand both the formulation and reality of LGBT social attitudes and political behaviors. While political science research has often ignored the ways in which the LGBT community interacts and engages with political institutions, this talk will directly question why that has been the case, while also shedding light on the reality of what LGBT political behaviors are. Some of the topics of inquiry that this talk will encompass include the following: belief rates/experiences with discrimination, partisanship and voting behaviors, and attentiveness to the media. During this talk, attendees will learn how some aspects of LGBTQ+ history (i.e. the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the battle for marriage equality, etc.) have shaped and altered the social attitudes and political behaviors of this group of persons. Additionally, this talk will also explore cohesiveness between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, while offering explanations to these analyses as well.

Biography: Timothy R. Bussey, M.A. is a fourth year graduate student and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, and he currently serves as a teaching assistant in both the Department of Political Science and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. His research interests include LGBTQ+ history, military history, and LGBT voting behavior. His dissertation on the political behaviors of the LGBT community is expected to be completed by the spring of 2017.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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