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A brief history of LGBTQ psychology: From pathology to identity, and beyond

8th February 2017 @ 14:00 - 15:30

An event from University of the West of England, Bristol

Victoria and Nikki are both Chartered psychologists and work in the field of LGBTQ psychology.

About the speakers

Nikki has published papers and chapters on bisexual women’s identities and is a member of the British Psychological Society Psychology of Sexualities Section Committee. Victoria has published several books in the field including the prize winning Out in Psychology (Wiley) and LGBTQ Psychology (Cambridge University Press) and has research interests encompassing lesbian and gay parenting, same-sex relationships and sexuality and appearance.

Content of talk

In this talk Victoria and Nikki will explore the history of the field now known as LGBTQ psychology from its origins in the work of Victorian sexologists, such as Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Henry Havelock Ellis, through to the present day. They will show how psychological understandings of (non-heterosexual) sexuality and transgender have shifted from pathology to affirmation and advocacy and the importance of psychological concepts such as transphobia, homophobia, and biphobia. They conclude by considering some emerging areas of interest for the field such as asexuality and pansexuality.

Venue: Room 2D07, Frenchay Campus, UWE.

Cost: Free
Contact: Victoria Clarke


8th February 2017
14:00 - 15:30
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