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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Homosexuality and Transexuality in the Heteronormative Workplace

The presence of sociological writings on the topic of gender and emotional labor is abundant. Yet, this strain of research misses an important aspect within the workplace: sexuality. In the contemporary workplace, the workforce is undoubtedly unique and diverse, increasingly allowing for a diversity of identities to be classified as "worker," such as heterosexual, homosexual, and transsexual. This research furthers our understandings of sexualities in the workplace, and more specifically, grasps the subtleties of the ways in which homosexual and transsexuals negotiate and navigate a workplace which remains, almost always, a heteronormative (and thus, symbolically hostile) environment. In the heteronormative workplace, rules include: defining appropriate dress, behavior with clients and coworkers, and overall performance and task management. The presenter proposes these ideas through a meta-analysis of research on the topics of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and transsexuality in the workplace.

Presenter: Peter Joseph Rydzewski (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Sociology
Location: 33 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.