Events / Current Issues in LGBTQ Health — Dr. Paul Vasey presents “Beyond the Binary: What the West can Learn from Non-Western Approaches to Gender Diversity”

Current Issues in LGBTQ Health — Dr. Paul Vasey presents “Beyond the Binary: What the West can Learn from Non-Western Approaches to Gender Diversity”

April 20, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Stonewall Conference Room, 625 N. Michigan Ave Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611

We invite you to our third installment of the ISGMH “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring Dr. Paul Vasey! Dr. Vasey is a Professor and a Board of Governors Research Chair at the University of Lethbridge. We’ve extended this lecture to allow for more time for questions following Dr. Vasey’s talk. This event will be held on our brand new 14th floor and lunch will be served.

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Abstract: In many cultures, worldwide, more than two genders are recognized.  In such places, individuals exist that are perceived as being neither men, nor women.  Instead, such individuals are recognized as “third” genders. The speaker, Dr. Paul L. Vasey, works in two such cultures. Since 2003, he has conducted research in the south Pacific island nation of Samoa, where feminine same-sex attracted males are recognized as a third gender, known locally as fa’afafine.  Since 2015, he has worked in the Istmo region of Oaxaca, Mexico, where feminine same-sex attracted males are recognized as a third gender, known locally by the indigenous Zapotec as muxes. Dr. Vasey will describe his research in both these cultures that illuminate the role third gender males play within the family.

Dr. Vasey is a Professor and a Board of Governors Research Chair at the University of Lethbridge. His research has been funded by all three of the Canadian federal research agencies (NSERC, SSHRC & CIHR) in addition to local, provincial, and international agencies including NIH. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on sexuality and gender and co-editor of two books. His is an Associate Editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. His work has been the subject of various television documentaries (National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The Nature of Things) and has been reported on in hundreds of newspapers and magazines worldwide including New York Times, Boston Globe, The Economist, National Geographic, and Oprah Magazine. He has been interviewed on U.S National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Radio Netherlands.

 

This event is currently at capacity! We invite you to join us remotely via BlueJeans or watch the recorded lecture following this event. Thank you for your interest!