Join us for a Campus Connect talk with Bailey Troia, an instructor of sociology at Northland College. Troia will dive into how members of the LGBTQ+ community experience belonging (or how they don’t), sharing insights from her own research.
From the Speaker
This talk focuses on LGBTQ adults’ experiences of ambivalent belonging across multiple institutions and contexts. In this talk, I draw on seventy-nine interviews with LGBTQ adults to analyze how respondents utilized various rationales and strategies to maintain strained and complicated family ties, engaging in a process of what I call bargaining for belonging. I find that while community connections could occasionally offset the negative emotional impacts of familial ambivalence, trans and nonbinary respondents in particular disproportionately experienced barriers to local social support that compounded their experiences of unbelonging. I show how for trans and nonbinary respondents, ambivalent experiences of belonging across contexts could contribute to a cycle of unstable housing and financial insecurity.
This event is free and open to the public.