"Coming Out to the Streets: LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness," Dr. Brandon Andrew Robinson, University of California - Riverside.
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Robinson will be discussing their book Coming Out to the Streets: LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness. Based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in central Texas, Coming Out to the Streets looks into the LGBTQ youth's lives before they experience homelessness—within their families, schools, and other institutions—and later when they navigate the streets, deal with police, and access shelters and other services. Through this documentation, Brandon shows how poverty and racial inequality shape the ways that the LGBTQ youth negotiate their gender and sexuality before and while they are experiencing homelessness. To address LGBTQ youth homelessness, Brandon contends that solutions must move beyond blaming families for rejecting their child. In highlighting the voices of the LGBTQ youth, Coming Out to the Streets calls for queer and trans liberation through systemic change.
Robinson is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. They are the author of Coming Out to the Streets: LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness, the coauthor of Race & Sexuality, and have published in numerous peer-review journals, including Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage & Family, and Sociology of Race & Ethnicity. Brandon's work provides new theoretical frameworks and concepts to help understand LGBTQ life today. These research findings also contribute to working toward social change.