ISGMH kicks off “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” Lecture Series with Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Jesus Ramirez-VallesThis week, ISGMH welcomed researchers, health care professionals, and community members to our inaugural lecture in the “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” series, featuring Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles.

Dr. Ramirez-Valles spoke of his experience writing and researching for his new book, Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology. Queer Aging details Dr. Ramirez-Valles’ “probing conversations with 11 racially and economically diverse representatives of this pioneering generation of gay men—the gayby boomers. Ramirez-Valles’ subjects reflect on their varied experiences as late career professionals, retirees, AIDS survivors, caregivers for ailing partners, and witnesses to profound social and cultural change.”

Dr. Ramirez-Valles discussed confronting heteronormativity in gerontology, the importance of intersectionality in understanding the experiences of older gay men, and the desire for intimacy the men he interviewed expressed in their narratives.

We invite you to join us in February for our second lecture in this series featuring Dr. Brian Dodge presenting “Bisexual health: risk and beyond.”