2024 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Lisa McClain


There is a well known divide between Lesbians and Gays in the LGBTQ+ community. For decades, gay men have typically taken leadership of the LGBTQ+ movement and prioritized their own identities and experiences as gay men as representative of all of LGBTQ+ persons. Lesbians have often felt their struggles as gay women have been overlooked or minimized in comparison to their gay male allies. Because of this, I will be researching gender privileges in the LGBTQ+ community in Idaho, focusing on issues such as language, representation, communication, and leadership. This will be explored by digging through Boise States archives, as well as interviewing and taking oral histories from Queer Idahoans about their internal community struggles. I hope in my research I not only find examples of exclusion but also community as the light in all the darkness.