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Eliminating Shame through Building Affirmation
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Lester Young B
The history of policy through our political, popular, and economic culture has done catastrophic harm to the LGBTQ+ community by creating a cisgender, heteronormative climate in the United States. This produces a large scale and long-term sense of shame for the LGBTQ+ community that has even deeper psychological implications on the human mind and body. This presentation intends to equip parents, friends, allies, and clergy with the tools they need to understand why this shame is so widespread in the LGBTQ+ community despite the recent successes in policy and how these allies can effectively counter the shame that the cisgender, heteronormative culture puts on the community by creating affirmative spaces at home, in school, and in the community.
Inoru Wade, Midwest Rainbow Research Institute
Inoru is the Executive Director at the Midwest Rainbow Research Institute and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Center for Inclusion. They are a nonbinary Kansas City native that received their Bachelor’s in East Asian Languages and Cultures and International Policy and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Kansas. The emphasis of their studies and research focused on LGBTQ+ related issues and policy. Their published research in academic journals on LGBTQ+ issues has taken them to multiple national conferences teaching various governments, nonprofits, and working professionals about the issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. They have served the Kansas City metropolitan area LGBTQ+ community through their policy work with local cities and counties in an advisory role.
Amy Bucher, Avila University
Dr. Amy Bucher is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and an Associate Professor of Psychology with over 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Her first professional job as a therapist was to provide counseling to gay men with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones. Her research focus concerns the relationship between discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ persons and political activism. Dr. Bucher is an active participant with Equality Kansas and volunteers at the Kansas City Center for Inclusion. In addition to her identities as a psychologist, educator, researcher, and activist, she is proud to be the mother of two adult children who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.