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Queer Youth in France & the US: Looking Back, Looking Forward

For LGBTQ young people in France and the United States, claiming their own sexuality and gender has long presented joys and challenges. In both countries, queer youth traditionally faced incomprehension or persecution from their families and from institutions such as schools. This panel brings offers French and American perspectives on how the lives of LGBTQ teens and young adults in the two countries were shaped in past decades and how LGBTQ adults and their allies are working to support and empower queer youth today.    

Providing the historical and social context on the panel are Michael Lucey, professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley, who has written on sexuality studies and social theory, and Don Romesburg, professor of women’s and gender studies at Sonoma State University, whose research interests include the history of queer adolescence in the United States.

Bringing the story into the present, speakers also will offer views from social services providers for LGBTQ youth in France and the United States. The work of Le Refuge, a French national organization that provides housing and services for LGBTQ young people rejected by their families, will be discussed by the institution’s founder and president, Nicolas Noguier, and vice president, Claire Hart. For an American perspective, Jodi Schwartz will discuss the initiatives of LYRIC, a pioneering San Francisco organization that supports LGBTQ young people; Schwartz serves as LYRIC’s executive director.

“Queer Youth in France and the U.S.” marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, observed worldwide on May 17; in addition, the program honors the 30th anniversary of the founding of LYRIC and the 15th anniversary of the founding of Le Refuge. The panel is cosponsored by LYRIC and the Consulate General of France in San Francisco.

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May 17, 2018 | 7pm-9pm