Paper Title

Marginalization and Erasure of Minority Sexual Orientations in the LGBT Community

Location

Room 214, West Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

Keywords

sexuality, orientations, bisexuality, pansexuality, asexuality, erasure, marginalization

Abstract

In the past year especially, the LGBT Community has made several great strides forward. However, there is a lot more that needs to be done in order to achieve equality for all groups under that umbrella. The Bisexual, Pansexual, and Asexual groups in the community face a lot of pressure and even erasure from both people inside of the community and outside. These pressures include being denied access to LGBT safe spaces and having harmful stereotypes circulating - such as the "easy" or "confused" bisexual person, or the "undesirable" or "abused" asexual person. This paper will draw on information about personal experiences collected through polls circulated among high school and college-age students, and will see if there is an improvement of attitude as individuals enter the college atmosphere. These polls will also be circulated among a section of LGBT people who came out in the 80s to early 2000s, and will attempt to draw conclusions on whether improvements in this area reflect the legal improvements seen in society. Finally, the paper will attempt to give ideas on how we can move forward and consolidate the positive momentum in the mainstream arena in order to help our more marginalized groups as well.

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Apr 2nd, 2:00 PM Apr 2nd, 3:15 PM

Marginalization and Erasure of Minority Sexual Orientations in the LGBT Community

Room 214, West Center

In the past year especially, the LGBT Community has made several great strides forward. However, there is a lot more that needs to be done in order to achieve equality for all groups under that umbrella. The Bisexual, Pansexual, and Asexual groups in the community face a lot of pressure and even erasure from both people inside of the community and outside. These pressures include being denied access to LGBT safe spaces and having harmful stereotypes circulating - such as the "easy" or "confused" bisexual person, or the "undesirable" or "abused" asexual person. This paper will draw on information about personal experiences collected through polls circulated among high school and college-age students, and will see if there is an improvement of attitude as individuals enter the college atmosphere. These polls will also be circulated among a section of LGBT people who came out in the 80s to early 2000s, and will attempt to draw conclusions on whether improvements in this area reflect the legal improvements seen in society. Finally, the paper will attempt to give ideas on how we can move forward and consolidate the positive momentum in the mainstream arena in order to help our more marginalized groups as well.