Navigating crisis from the margins: LGBTQIA+ vulnerability and resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Research and stories from the UK and Brazil.
|Starts:||13:00 1 Dec 2021|
|Ends:||15:00 1 Dec 2021|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Billy Tusker Haworth, Luan Cassal , Mariah Rafaela Silva, Jack López|
The coronavirus pandemic and responses have had uneven impacts on different segments of societies. Despite growing awareness and research into lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and other diverse gender and sexual identity (LGBTQIA+) experiences, their needs and capacities are often overlooked in crisis responses and risk reduction strategies. The vulnerability of LGBTQIA+ people is linked to pre-existing marginalisation and discrimination and exacerbated by dominant cis-heteronormative value systems. In Covid-19, this led to unique challenges for LGBTQIA+ people, such as increased social isolation and disrupted access to identity affirming spaces and gender-related healthcare. But queer people have also shown their resilience in important ways, drawing on collective community resources and mutual aid to help each other in the absence of more official or government support.
In this online event we present research and stories of LGBTQIA+ vulnerabilities and resilience collected during the Covid-19 crisis in the UK and Brazil – as different social, cultural, economic, and political contexts in which the same crisis has impacted. We will have presentations from four researchers on their work, followed by a combined Q+A/panel discussion on queer marginality and coping, and working towards greater inclusion in research, policy, and practice.
Billy Tusker Haworth
Organisation: Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester
Biography: Dr Billy Tusker Haworth is a geographer, Lecturer in Disaster Management, and representative for equality, diversity and inclusion at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. Their main research areas include critical and participatory GIS, disaster vulnerability, LGBTQIA+ marginality, and graffiti in spaces of conflict/peace. During COVID-19, Billy has led a research project exploring the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people in the UK and Brazil, with implications for more inclusive crisis response strategies and future risk reduction.
Organisation: Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
Biography: Luan Cassal is a Brazilian gay activist, Educational Psychologist, PhD candidate at Manchester Institute of Education and Research Assistant at HCRI, University of Manchester. His current project analyses requirements of time and age in the British Gender Recognition Act (2004) and its reform proposals, and he has publications in Portuguese on gender, sexuality, violence, and public policies in Brazil.
Mariah Rafaela Silva
Organisation: Fluminense Federal University and Grupo Conexão G
Biography: Mariah Rafaela is a black trans human rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently a project coordinator at Grupo Conexão G de Cidadania LGBT de Favelas, a social organization that has existed for 15 years in one of the most violent favelas in Rio, and she was an advisor to the Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals of Rio de Janeiro and a representative on the LGBT State Council for the promotion of human rights. Mariah has a degree in art history, a master's degree in humanities and a doctoral researcher in communication.
Organisation: Associate Dean Equality Diversity & Inclusion, University of Bradford
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