Homonormativity, a complex, oftentimes baffling trend, essentially enforces traditional norms on the LGBT community. On January 28th, 2013 I published my first piece on homonormativity in USA Today College. The article, entitled, “My fight against Homonormativity” attempts to explain the concept of homonormativity through the exploration of the trend from which it is rooted, heteronormativity. Following this introduction to the topic, the article delves through the consequences and implications of this trend on those whom it affects. This article was just the beginning of my work with homonormativity, and it certainly won’t be the last.
I presented the research behind my article at the most recent SEPCHE (Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) Conference, at Rosemont College. The schools that comprise the SEPCHE are: Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann College, and Rosemont College (this year’s host.) The presentations this year reached the academic merit of previous conferences and exceeded it. Topics of presentation included anti-feminism in Disney Princesses, how depression relates to memory, analysis of the 1950’s and 1960’s, a look at modern slavery, and a study on how appearance affects presentations. The aforementioned topics are only a drop in the pool of the advanced student presentations that took place during the conference this year.
My presentation, on homonormativity, was in the second block of presentations. The classroom I was set to present in was nearly full as I waited anxiously for my turn. I decided to present with a basic power point, which presented the image of a rainbow LGBT pride flag on each slide with the title of each slide indicating the topic of discussion. This was a decision I made to ensure that the audience could look at me, as opposed to being distracted by a text heavy power point.
The presentation went more smoothly than I ever could have anticipated, and I was greeted with a warm applause afterward. The questions that followed were often preceded by a kind remark, which is always highly appreciated. Despite the short amount of time for questions, the discourse between myself and the students was not only inspiring to me, a person passionate about fighting and researching homonormativity, but they were highly insightful. It helped me understand my strengths and the areas in which I could dig even deeper into academic research on homonormativity. I could not have asked for a better session.
The SEPCHE conference left me feeling reinvigorated and determined. I plan to make homonormativity one of my main platforms of writing. There is not enough information about it in the mainstream media and it is my mission to change that. Although battling homonormativity is a daunting task, I believe that the only people who succeed are the people that try.
Article link “My fight against Homonormality“