Presentation Title

Exploring the Relationship Between Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation: Experiences Among Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Women of Color in Chicago

Presenter Information

Hannah FullerFollow

Major

Social Work

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

Sexual orientation and gender expression have long been considered separate concepts, where sexual orientation involves an internal sense of self, and gender expression is an individual’s external presentation of self. However, is it possible that these two distinctly different concepts are interrelated? Through analyzing data from Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer women of color in Chicago, this research will examine the connection between sexual orientation and gender expression, explore the ascription of gender roles by both queer individuals and society, and explore if and how those who identify as queer use style, behavior, and mannerisms to perform sexual orientation.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Michael Dentato, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor Co-Director, Center for Field Innovation, Research, Strategy, and Training (C-FIRST) Vice Chair, LUC Faculty Council

Comments

This research study was supported by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.

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Exploring the Relationship Between Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation: Experiences Among Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Women of Color in Chicago

Sexual orientation and gender expression have long been considered separate concepts, where sexual orientation involves an internal sense of self, and gender expression is an individual’s external presentation of self. However, is it possible that these two distinctly different concepts are interrelated? Through analyzing data from Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer women of color in Chicago, this research will examine the connection between sexual orientation and gender expression, explore the ascription of gender roles by both queer individuals and society, and explore if and how those who identify as queer use style, behavior, and mannerisms to perform sexual orientation.