Title

Panel Session: Over the Rainbow: Understanding Occupation and Identity in the Lives of Gays and Lesbians

Presenter Information

David A. Leary
Don Fogelberg
Jill Goodman

Start Time

31-10-2004 10:20 AM

End Time

31-10-2004 11:50 AM

Abstract

This panel will focus on the doing of occupation for gay and lesbian persons and its connections to meaning and identity. Three specific occupations will be examined: getting dressed, attending circuit parties, and participating in organized sports activity. These three seemingly unrelated activities / occupations demonstrate the unique construction of meaning of for individuals who are gay and lesbian. Our objective is to examine how participation in these occupations is related to the expression of individual and collective identities. We will also discuss how marginalized people create meaningful subcultures through engagement in particular occupations. The meaning of occupation is embedded in culture and gays and lesbians create subcultures within a larger dominant heterosexual context. Therefore an examination of this populations' participation in specific occupations is especially salient. The findings from these three papers will serve as a stepping stone to discussing the intersection of identities, subcultures and meaningful occupations. Our hope is to create a deeper understanding of the central function of particular occupations in the lives of people as they go about creating a sense of self in what is often a contested or uncomfortable world.

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Oct 31st, 10:20 AM Oct 31st, 11:50 AM

Panel Session: Over the Rainbow: Understanding Occupation and Identity in the Lives of Gays and Lesbians

This panel will focus on the doing of occupation for gay and lesbian persons and its connections to meaning and identity. Three specific occupations will be examined: getting dressed, attending circuit parties, and participating in organized sports activity. These three seemingly unrelated activities / occupations demonstrate the unique construction of meaning of for individuals who are gay and lesbian. Our objective is to examine how participation in these occupations is related to the expression of individual and collective identities. We will also discuss how marginalized people create meaningful subcultures through engagement in particular occupations. The meaning of occupation is embedded in culture and gays and lesbians create subcultures within a larger dominant heterosexual context. Therefore an examination of this populations' participation in specific occupations is especially salient. The findings from these three papers will serve as a stepping stone to discussing the intersection of identities, subcultures and meaningful occupations. Our hope is to create a deeper understanding of the central function of particular occupations in the lives of people as they go about creating a sense of self in what is often a contested or uncomfortable world.