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Queer Science: History & Research Implications on Families Sheila M. Addison, Ph.D., LMFT Capella University Kristen E. Benson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE North.

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1 Queer Science: History & Research Implications on Families Sheila M. Addison, Ph.D., LMFT Capella University Kristen E. Benson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE North Dakota State University Annual Meeting of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, September 22-25, 2011, Fort Worth TX

2 Introductions What are we doing here? What are you hoping to get out of today? Information from todays presentation will be posted at by the end of the conference

3 Objectives 1. gain a historical perspective on clinical research about homosexuality, gender variance and families. 2. increase critical thinking skills about the design and application of research to the study of sexuality and gender. 3. explore the implications of LGBT research on clients and families. 4. generate ideas for how to develop research on LGBT individuals and families.

4 The Many Faces of Human Sexuality Source: World Science Festival

5 Baby, were you born that way? What have you heard causes a gay, lesbian, or bisexual orientation? What have you heard causes transgender gender identity?

6 Nature or nurture?

7 History of Queer Science

8 Source: SmallPeculiar.com

9 History of Queer Science

10 Heath (1972) Pleasure and brain activity in man: Deep and surface electroencephelographs during orgasm.

11 History of Queer Science

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13 From New York Magazine: The Science of Gaydar

14 Simon LeVay - Gay Brains

15 History of Queer Science

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17 Source: World Science Festival

18 History of Queer Science This is why it has always been dangerous to rest the claim for LGBT equality on the argument that homosexuality is genetic or biological. It may well be, but what if it were proven not to be so? Would that now mean that it would be ethical to discriminate against LGBT folks, simply because it wasnt something encoded in their biology, and perhaps was something over which they had more control? Tim Wise

19 History of Queer Science Source: Diagnosing Difference

20 Gender Identity & DSM-V

21 Source: Diagnosing Difference

22 Ideology: Biology or Culture?

23 Distorting Research Htttp://www.RespectMyResearch.org

24 Research that distorts

25 AAMFT speaks From time to time AAMFT receives questions about a practice known as reparative or conversion therapy, which is aimed at changing a persons sexual orientation. As stated in previous AAMFT policy, the association does not consider homosexuality a disorder that requires treatment, and as such, we see no basis for such therapy. AAMFT expects its members to practice based on the best research and clinical evidence available. - Board of Directors, March 2009

26 Queering the field Addison - unpublished dissertation (2007) - Delphi study of LGBT and QT informed practitioners How have these knowledges informed your teaching, research, and practice? What would the field be like if it were similarly informed? What would the field gain or lose? What stands in the way of or facilitates such change?

27 Queering the field Trans people and their partners perceptions of CFTS: They think they could be helpful, but they just dont get it.

28 Research can change lives

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30 What does it all mean for families?

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32 Where could we go from here? What is the problem, and for whom? - Butler & Byrne, 2008

33 Where could we go from here? Q: 1) Do you personally know someone gay? 2) Do you support gay marriage?

34 Where could we go from here?

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40 Reading research queerly Queer theory: Foucault, Butler, Halberstam, etc. Recommended: Queer Theory, Gender Theory - Riki Wilchins Queer is by definition whatever is at odds with the normal, the legitimate, the dominant. There is nothing in particular to which it necessarily refers. It is an identity without an essence - David Halperin Questioning binararies Interrogating assumptions (truth statements) Exploding categories (making them slippery) Identify, confront, and embrace the anxiety this creates At the margins, science no longer asks, but tells. - Wilchins

41 Reading research queerly What questions can we ask in order to queer research that we encounter? How will a queered perspective inform our research? How will this perspective inform our clinical work with couples and families?

42 Questions?


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