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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Bridging the Gap: Understanding Potential Discrepancies between What Participants in a Pride Parade Convey and What Perceivers Notice

Issues facing LGBT youth include isolation, pressures to conform to heterosexual social behaviors, and a lack of social support (Hetrick & Martin, 1987). Thus an important area of exploration is to understand the factors that will best engender support from within and outside the community. Previous research shows the positive impact that pride parades can have on proactive support, thus we are working with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley assessing their pride parade's impact on eliciting support. We will observe the affect of Rochester's Gay Pride Parade on both the heterosexual and LGBT communities, specifically examining which cues gain support and which turn away potential allies. Discussion will focus on plans for this study, the potential implications, and getting involved with and conducting research within the community with an overall goal of empowering LGBT youth and instilling in them leadership qualities.

Presenter: Eric Goodwin (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)