ISGMH is thrilled to announce our next “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series will feature Joy Messinger! This lecture will be on Thursday, November 15th 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400.
Joy’s lecture is titled “Our Survival Depends on Each Other: The Urgency of Intersectionality to Support the Health, Wellness, and Healing of LGBTQ Communities.” Intersectionality: an analysis of power, a trendy buzzword, an incorrectly applied theory of diversity… or all of the above? Despite increased media visibility and legislative and judicial victories for LGBTQ communities over the past decade, disparities in physical and mental health outcomes, experiences of violence and trauma, and access to wellness and healing remain for many who are not able-bodied cisgender middle class and wealthy white men. These disparities can be addressed through a deeper understanding of the ways that LGBTQ communities oppress each other and the implications this has for research, policy, funding, advocacy, and service delivery, especially in our current political moment. This talk will provide an ecological and empowerment-based approach to understanding intersectionality, biphobia, and monosexism that centers those most marginalized by mainstream LGBTQ narratives before moving into an application of how to address and resist the root causes of oppression within LGBTQ communities.
Joy Messinger is an organizer of spreadsheets, money, and people to build sustainability, wellness, and power for reproductive and gender justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, immigrant, and POC communities. She has more than 15 years of experience in youth development, sexuality education, HIV/AIDS services and prevention, health communication research, and LGBTQ / QTPOC community building. Currently, Joy is a Program Officer for Third Wave Fund and an adjunct instructor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Prior to her position at Third Wave, Joy spent five years at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health in a variety of research, advocacy, education, and administrative roles to support the sexual health, rights, and identities of young people in Chicago and beyond. Joy holds degrees in public health, social work, and nonprofit leadership from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina and the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in rural Western New York, Joy is in her seventh year of calling Chicago home and is a fervent supporter of public libraries, the Shonda Rhimes one-hour drama, kimchi (the pickle), and Kimchi (her cat).
Read more about Joy and her work here.