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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:35am - 10:55am
At Cultural Crossroads: Sexual Identity And Disability In Contemporary Media

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Being caught in the intersection of queerness and disability makes finding representation excruciatingly difficult, and contemporary identity politics have been powerfully influenced by representation, or lack thereof, in popular culture, especially in film. There have certainly been efforts to aid representation of those in the intersections, such as Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks, but representation is not always enough. Sexual identities have been censored, and (dis)ability is often overlooked or misguidedly portrayed, if at all. LGBTQ+ identities and portrayals of disability on the silver screen have undoubtedly been the victims of various forms of stigma. Unfortunately, this stigma has often translated into generalization and ignorance, and queer people with disabilities have borne this burden in unique ways. While the gaps left by popularized Hollywood narratives leave disabled LGBTQ+ people craving more, the new era of technological accessibility and visibility has afforded LGBTQ+ disabled people the opportunity to create and broadcast their own experiences. Creators can now forego the able-bodied, heteronormative voices which previously allowed haphazard, second-hand interpretations of their experiences. Disabled LGBTQ+ people are not only gaining visibility, but they are creating their own films for others to experience. Narratives of internal struggle, sexual awakening, and personal experiences with various forms of oppression are being created in astounding volume, and they are creating countless opportunities for achieving understandings and appreciations. These films combat the victimizing and devaluing of disabled people and promote awareness and advocacy for disabled and LGBTQ+ communities, respectively, and the intersections of both.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:35am - 10:55am
221 Karpen Hall