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Episode 26

About the Expert

Elizabeth Reed

Lizzie is a cultural sociologist whose research and writing focuses on LGBTQ relationships and families, contemporary childhood, and the role of media and cultural representations in identity-making. She is interested in exploring participatory research methods and connecting everyday lived experiences of families to wider social and political trends.

Episode Discussion

Home Forums Episodes 26 & 27: “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See” with Elizabeth Reed

  • Episodes 26 & 27: “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See” with Elizabeth Reed

  • Valentina 

    October 12, 2020 at 12:23 pm
    • What did you learn about yourself?
    • What did you learn about culture?
    • What was your favorite quote?
    • What surprised you most?
    • What is one way you can enact what you learned in your own life?
    • How can we each help shift the culture and the conversation surrounding this topic?
  • Hope

    October 19, 2020 at 9:28 am

    My favorite concept from this episode was “the idea of repeatedly coming out.” As someone who identifies as being heterosexual, this is just widely assumed that everyone is until proven otherwise (which is messed up). This podcast opened my eyes to think more about how unfair it is to the people who are apart of the LBGTQ+ community–due to having to go through this process of coming out constantly. It isn’t like they can just have a huge parade with everyone they’ve ever met in their life to deliver the news in one swoop, it is an ongoing update they have to say again and again whenever they’re comfortable to tell the other people in their life. Also, thinking about that the members of this community may have to come out repeatedly because they’re not being believed about their sexuality is absolutely absurd to me. It also makes me recognize what additional stress these lovely people may be experiencing ontop of finally feeling comfortable to come out. .

  • Olivia

    March 9, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    This episode was thought-provoking, deeply personal, and educational. I learned so much from Elizabeth Reed’s insight into the complexities of being Queer, from coming out multiple times, the definition and history of Queer identity, and how to best support a Queer friend. Her discussion of new family structures outside of the “norm” taught me more about the struggles and anxieties that Queer, polyamorous, and other non-normative people face.

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