Thursday, July 16, 2009

The 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference

The 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference is open to everyone; including psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, educators, clergy, health care professionals, and others who provide services to, or care for, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The goal of the conference is to explore and begin undoing the heterosexist attitudes that exist on personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels. With information and strategies for building connection and community, health care professionals and educators can advocate for LGBT people and support them in leading successful, happy, and productive lives in the communities in which they work, live, and attend school.


Soulforce is seeking workshop presenters for Saturday, November 21, 2009. Presentations should cover one or more of the following topics:

* Understanding the Harm Caused By Heterosexism
* Best Practices for Undoing Heterosexism
* The Dangers of Reparative Therapy, Ex-Gay Ministries, and Efforts to Change Sexual Orientation
* History & Practices of Reparative Therapy and Ex-Gay Ministries
* Therapeutic Models for Helping LGBT People in Health and Mental Health Care
* The Connection Between Religion, Heterosexism, and Reparative Therapy
* Intersections Between Heterosexism, Racism, Sexism, Capitalism, etc.
* The Healthy Reconciliation of Sexuality and Spirituality
* Reflections on the Ex-Gay Experience
* Impacting the Media: Strategies for Sharing Your Story with Confidence
* Building Healthy Relationships After an Ex-Gay Experience
* Ethical Dilemmas Associated with Reparative Therapy & Ex-Gay Ministries
* Social Science Research on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
* LGBT Families and Parenting
* Nonviolent Activism and Advocacy Strategies
* Becoming a Powerful Ally

The conference will be held Nov 20-22 2009 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Head over to Soulforce to register or submit a proposal to present.


Anonymous said...

Homosexism? I thought ya'll we're supposed to be more enlightened.

Anonymous said...

Heterosexism. Homosexism would mean you are prejudice against straight people. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" might imply, for example, that straight guys have no fashion or grooming sense. I'm offended and outraged!

Heterosexism is prejudice against people of other sexual orientation.


Anonymous said...

I ask you to answer this truthfully: How often are straight people confronted with homosexual supremacist thought, that is, the more extreme, more easily identifiable forms of "homosexism"? Gays' teeing off straights by refusing to go back into the closet, gay anger at social injustice and accompanying demands for EQUAL treatment do NOT qualify as "supremacist." These are inalienable human rights. On the other hand, almost every time we turn on the television, watch a commercial, go to a church, or a Hollywood movie, we are incessantly confronted with images of straights as "normal" and "admirable" (read: queers are abnormal and disgusting), "well-adjusted" and "wholesome" (read: queers are maladjusted and sick), happily married (read: queers lead sordid, sad, promiscuous lives). This relentless pro-straight propaganda serves one purpose ONLY: to sustain heterosexual supremacy while simultaneously ensuring OUR continued subjugation as gay and lesbian people. ENOUGH ALREADY! Hets, get over yourselves!

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