Sarah F. Pearlman, a well-known author on lesbian and transgender issues, is nationally recognized for her pioneering role in establishing a psychology of lesbians, based not on pathology or deviance, but on the experience and concerns of lesbians. She was selected by the American Psychological Association Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues as the recipient of the 2011 Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution. Employed for many years as an associate professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford, she is now associate professor emeritus, lives in the Boston area, and is active in LGBT elder organizations.
From Lesbians in the 70s to LGBTQQIs in the 21st Century: Pathways to Sexualities and Genders
Using multiple lenses, this workshop will explore the various and divergent pathways to lesbian, queer, and female-to-male (FTM) sexual and gender identities. Included will be the emergence of lesbian feminism and politicization of lesbian and trans identities, the surge in queer identity, FTM sex transition in the early 1990s, the many ways of being trans, identity conflicts, and changing family reactions to sexual orientation and sex reassignment. Workshop participants will be invited to share their experiences and perspectives.