LGBTQ+ Youth and Sexual Assault
LGBTQ+ youth experience the highest rates of sexual assault of any group. This master class will consider research to help us understand why this happens as well as work with participants to develop a plan for how to help prevent such assaults (either as victim or potential attacker). Khan will draw upon ideas presented in his new book Sexual Citizens to think through how best to support the developing sexual citizenship of queer youth—helping them understand they have the right to say Yes and to say No to sex, and that those they are with have equivalent rights. We will talk through how youth can develop, in concert with their families and communities, a “sexual project” to answer the question of “what sex is for.” And how neighborhoods can create zones of equality, particularly those that take into account the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ youth, in order to build safer, healthier communities.
Shamus Khan is professor and chair of sociology at Columbia University. He writes on culture, inequality, gender, and elites. He is the author, most recently, of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus (with Jennifer Hirsch), Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School, The Practice of Research (with Dana Fisher), and Approaches to Ethnography: Modes of Representation and Analysis in Participant Observation (with Colin Jerolmack). He writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and has served as a columnist for Time magazine. In 2018 he was awarded the Hans L. Zetterberg Prize from Uppsala University in Sweden for being “the best sociologist under 40.”