QGrad 2013

Published: April 26, 2016


The LGBT Studies Program


“What We Talk About, When We Talk About Queer”^

A Symposium

Featuring queer graduate research @ UCLA

From the Departments of Chicana & Chicano Studies, Ethnomusicology, Psychology, Public Policy and Social Welfare, and World Arts & Cultures


Friday Oct 18, 2013

8:30am – 6:00pm

306 and 314 Royce Hall





8:30 – Royce Hall 306

Continental breakfast


9:00 – Royce 314

Opening remarks, Professor Alicia Gaspar de Alba,

Chair, LGBT Studies Program, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies, English, Gender Studies


9:30-10:45 – Royce 314

Roundtable 1:

  • Doran George: “Forget Provocation, Let’s Do the Dirty: Performing Communities of Radical Pleasure” (World Arts & Cultures)


  • Ariana Bell: “Undecided About Marriage Equality in America: Who They Are, and What It Means forResearch on Sexual Prejudice” (Psychology)


  • Omar González: “Queering the City of Angels: John Rechy’s City of Night Turns 50” (Chicana/Chicano Studies)


  • Moderator: Dr. Michelle Erai, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies



11-12:30 – Royce 314

Roundtable 2:


  • DJ Lick: “‘This Boy is a Bottom’ (Especially if He’s Asian): Social Psychological Insights on the Stereotypes Guiding Perceptions of Gay Men’s Preferred Sexual Roles (Psychology)


  • Kendy Rivera: “A Queer Ethnography of Tijuana: Rosina Conde Versus Rosario Sanmiguel’s U.S.-México Frontera Narratives” (Chicana/Chicano Studies)


  • Craig Pulsipher:  “Post-Windsor Sex Education: What About the Needs of LGBT Youth?” (Public Affairs & Social Welfare)


  • Ryan Koons: “Getting Queer with the Castrati: Gender/Sexuality in Contemporary Baroque Opera” (Ethnomusicology)


  • Moderator: Dr. Kerri Johnson, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Psychology



Lunch (on your own)


1:30-2:45 – Royce 314

Keynote Address:

“Researching LGBTQ Families and the Law: What a Difference a Decade Makes”by Kim Richman, Visiting Associate Professor of Gender Studies,UCLA and Visiting Scholar at The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

  • Introduced by Professor Scott Barclay, Senior Scholar in Public Policy, the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law


2:45-3:15 – Royce 306

Book signing with faculty authors: Kim Richman, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, and Sue-Ellen Case


3:30-4:30 – Royce 314


A segment of “¡SER!” by Karen Anzoategui, Gender-queer Latina writer/performer and artivist

  • Introduced by Dan Guerrero,  gay Chicano producer/director/performer, otherwise known as “¡Gaytino”! and 2008 Community Scholar in the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies


4:45-5:45 – Royce 306





Participant Bios


Ariana Naomi Bell is a second-year graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, with a minor in Quantitative Psychology. Broadly, Ariana is interested in studying bias and stereotyping processes. Through collaborations with Drs. Phillip Atiba Goff and Jaana Juvonen, Ariana’s research focuses on barriers to confronting youth prejudice, as well as person-perception and social categorization.


Doran George is a scholar and artist completing a doctorate at UCLA on late 20th century contemporary dance. He has chapters in two forthcoming Oxford University Press publications including the first queer dance anthology. He is also currently Arts Council of England funded to reconstruct his 2010 solo choreography Stalemate on the British differently-abled dancer Catherine Long.

Originally from Ysleta, Texas, Omar González is a second-year Ph.D. student in the César Chávez Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies at UCLA. He attended California State University, Northridge, where he completed a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Chicana and Chicano Studies. Omar has conducted qualitative research on queer Chicano identity and literature, focusing on the work of John Rechy. His other research interests include queer Chicana/o identity, history, and activism.  His goal is to contribute to the growing body of scholarship on queer Chicanas/os and Latinas/os and to help eradicate the stigma of HIV.

UCLA doctoral student, Ryan Koonsis an ethnomusicologist and documentary filmmaker. His research interests run the gambit from Native American ceremonialism to LGBT experiences in traditional and art musics, and many things in between. Koons is also a professional musician, specializing in early music and traditions from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the British Isles.


David J. Lick is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at UCLA.  His research focuses on the dynamics of thin-slice judgments, especially as they relate to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations.  He is especially interested in how the process of social categorization leads to prejudice and discrimination against sexual minorities.


Craig Pulsipher is a third year Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Social Welfare (MSW) student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, concentrating in LGBT and HIV/AIDS policy. Craig has conducted research on HIV prevention for vulnerable youth and is currently involved in a study of HIV-positive men in Los Angeles. This past summer, Craig interned at Lambda Legal where he worked on an array of policy issues including LGBT-inclusive sex education. Craig previously interned at Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. where he worked on the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign and helped make history as Maryland was the first state to achieve marriage equality at the ballot box.


A U.S.-México Border Baby, Kendy D. Rivera is second-year Ph.D. student in in the César Chávez Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies at UCLA. Born in downtown San Diego, she was raised between the urban emerging post-NAFTA downtown Tijuana and suburban fronterizo South Bay San Diego. Kendy has been researching the politics, history, and culture of Afro-Mexican communities in Mexico, and most recently Border epistemology, consciousness, and subjectivity. Also a Border Queer, Kendy is currently engaged in looking at queer-focused intersectionality in the Chicana/o community.


Featured Guests


Karen Anzoategui is a gender queer writer/performer and artivist and the only notably emerging gender queer solo performer in Los Angeles.  She received her B.A. in theatre from Loyola Marymount University. Most known for their solo show Ser! a Queer transnational tale, originally inspired by CA immigration legislation HR4437 and social manifestations in Argentina, was selected as a finalist for the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York City in 2012.  Now, in it’s 8th year of existence, Ser! Receives its world premiere at Los Angeles Theatre Center, produced by Latino Theatre Company marking a pivotal moment in the solo performer’s career.  An excerpt of Ser! Is being published in the 2013 Fall MALCS journal.


Kimberly Richman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of San Francisco where she teaches courses in Criminology, Sociology of Law, Deviance, and Prisoner Reentry.  She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, where she also completed a Graduate Emphasis in Women’s Studies. She is currently Chair of the Law and Society Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems as well as President-Elect of the Western Society of Criminology.  She is the author of the award winning book Courting Change: Queer Parents, Judges, and the Transformation of American Family Law (NYU Press), Her forthcoming book, License to Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples (NYU Press), examines variations and shifts in legal consciousness among married same-sex couples in California and Massachusetts.



With gratitude to our co-sponsors:


Dean of Humanities, UCLA

César E. Chávez Department of Chicana & Chicano Studies, UCLA

Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA

Vice Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development, UCLA


Special thanks to Dafne Luna, for coordinating the volunteers,

and to “Aces” Lira for the photography




This symposium is part of UCLA’s celebration

of National Coming Out Week 2013


^ With nods to Raymond Carver’s short story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.”