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Lecture: In My Dreams I Am Being Held: Queer, Fat Bodies of Color and the Politics of Desirability

Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

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.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (http://wgss.uconn.edu).

Today's lecture is entitled, "In My Dreams I Am Being Held: Queer, Fat Bodies of Color and the Politics of Desirability" and will be presented by Joe A. Baez (he/him/his).

Synopsis: How are our sexual, romantic, and platonic desires political? What is at stake when our bodies dictate who we choose to love? What do we do when we are told our bodies are not good enough? Derived from my lived experiences as a gay, fat, femme, latinx person, and data collected from literature and six semi-structured interviews, this talk revolves around queer, fat people of color and their experiences on online dating applications. A discussion of these experiences will allow us to explore the social construction of (sexual) desire, how these desires are communicated interpersonally, and how they affect our emotions and our identities. Ultimately, this talk will provide us with ways to navigate, subvert and reimagine the politics of desirability.

Biography: Joe Baez is a recent graduate from CUNY Brooklyn College. He received his BA in Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies. He is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellow, a former CUNY Pipeline fellow, and an alumnus of the Institution for the Recruitment of Teachers’ summer internship program. His research is centered around queer, fat people of color and their experiences on online dating applications. He is currently applying to doctoral programs in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies. As a scholar, he dreams of radically transforming the ways we love ourselves, our bodies, and each other.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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