Michelle Abate (Teaching & Learning), " 'Learning How to Be the Boy or Girl That You Are': 'Me Tarzan, You Jane', the Crusade to 'Cure' LGBTQ Youth, and the New Face of the Ex-Gay Movement in the United States"

May 19, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
311 Denney Hall
Michelle Abate

Michelle Abate, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning.

2014 Sexuality Studies Lecture Series: New OSU Faculty in Sexuality Studies
See the full lecture series flyer, attached below.*

Michelle Ann Abate, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning and Department of English.

This talk will make the case that as it has become increasingly untenable to claim that same-sex desires in adults can be eradicated, individuals who remain committed to combating homosexuality have turned their attention to a new and ostensibly more efficacious cause: preventing its emergence in the first place. The picture book Me Tarzan, You Jane (2011) by Janice Barrett Graham exists at the forefront of this shift in focus. The text offers a vivid illustration of how the ex-gay movement is reinventing itself as what might be called the pre-gay movement—or, perhaps more accurately, the ex-pre-gay movement.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English.

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