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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.
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Still in love| An examination of long term same sex unions

Shafer, Jaime Lynn 18 June 2014 (has links)
<p> Relationships are about the people in them. Choosing a partner that provides the right balance can alter the value of any relationship. After briefly surveying the history of marriage in the United States, this thesis will examine five long-term same-sex couples illustrating how same-sex unions are quite similar to opposite sex unions. Each couple faces challenges in the home, in the work place, and in their personal lives; each weathers the same struggles that opposite sex couples encounter. The differences between heterosexual and homosexual unions are negligible, and mandate a redefinition of marriage in society. </p>
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Welcome to the Gay-borhood| Identifying Key Characteristics of a Potential LGBT District in St. Louis

Barr, Julian 31 October 2014 (has links)
<p> Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) urban districts are a unique aspect of many cities in the United States. Geographically, these spaces are dynamic, although largely ignored by geographers. Within the limited literature concerning this topic in the field of geography and other social science disciplines, a clear gap emerges concerning the definition of the key characteristics of LGBT districts and the application of those characteristics to any given city in the United States. Four characteristics emerge from existing literature as the most commonly studied regarding such districts, including a historical connection, a business concentration, a residential component, and a visual LGBT landscape. </p><p> The following thesis examines these four common characteristics and how they come together to define an LGBT district. This study analyzes these characteristics within the spatial context of St. Louis, Missouri, to examine if the city has a LGBT district. Each characteristic was examined using various methodological approaches including: interviews, surveys, field observation, and archival research. After data analysis for each characteristic, findings indicate the four characteristics are not wholly present in any one single area of the City of St. Louis. Lack of business diversity, minimal visual cues, insufficient historical connection, and no evidence of any residential concentration come together to provide data supporting the conclusion that St. Louis, Missouri is only home to an LGBT entertainment district, rather than a fully comprehensive LGBT district.</p>
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Identity, culture, and articulation| A critical-cultural analysis of strategic LGBT advocacy outreach

Ciszek, Erica L. 04 November 2014 (has links)
<p> This study examines how LGBT activists and LGBT youth make meaning of a strategic advocacy campaign. By examining activist and advocacy efforts aimed at youth, this research brings to light how LGBT organizations use campaigns to articulate identity and, conversely, how LGBT youth articulate notions of identity. Through the lens of the It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit activist organization, this dissertation uses in-depth interviews with organizational members and chat-based interviews with LGBT youth to study the meanings participants brought to the campaign. </p><p> Strategic communication has been instrumental in construction of LGBT as a cohesive collective identity and has played a vital role in the early stages of the gay rights movement. This research demonstrates how contemporary LGBT advocacy, through strategic communication, works to shape understandings of LGBT youth. </p><p> Instead of focusing on the Internet as a democratic space that equalizes power differentials between an organization and its publics, this study shows that the construction of identity is the result of a dynamic process between producers and consumers in which power is localized and does not simply belong to an organization or its public. </p><p> This research challenges the Internet as a democratic space and demonstrates that identity is a discursive struggle over meaning that is bound up in the intimate dance between producers and consumers of a campaign. In contrast to functionalist understandings of public relations that privileges the organization, this dissertation contends that a cultural-economic approach focuses on the processes of communication. A cultural-economic approach gives voice to the diverse audiences of a communication campaign and addresses the role communication plays as a discursive force that influences the construction of identities. </p>
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Queer creatures, queer times

Giragosian, Sarah 14 October 2014 (has links)
<p> <i>Queer Creatures, Queer Times</i> makes a critical intervention in queer theory and queer poetics through a combination of critical and creative approaches to explore how posthumanist thought and animal studies might correct a blindspot in current critical work on queer experience and texts. Queer theory tends to neglect non/human subjects, yet an ecological and posthumanist critique helps to trouble its humanist bias as well as its overly neat ties to constructivist and performative notions of selfhood. I argue that modern lyric poetry, in emergence during the cultural transmission of Darwinian precepts and the social invention of the homosexual, is uniquely situated to challenge the exclusivist principles that underlie specieisim, Social Darwinism, and heterosexism. While queer theory tends to overlook evolution in the construction of subjectivity and sexuality, I posit that such tendencies diminish opportunities for thinking through non-coherent selfhood and the radical contingency of beings upon other life forms. Accompanying my critical essays on three modernist queer poets, Djuna Barnes, Elizabeth Bishop, and Marianne Moore, are my poetics essay entitled "Towards a Poetics of the Animal" and my poetry manuscript <i> Queer Fish.</i> Both poetic texts explore non-dominant forms of queer relation between animals and humans.</p>
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An after school program for at-risk youth| A grant proposal project

Elias, Socorro 03 May 2013 (has links)
<p> The purpose of this grant proposal is to obtain funding for the creation of an after school program for at-risk youth of underserved populations. The literature review increased knowledge about the problem behaviors exhibited by at-risk youth that may interfere with positive behaviors, academic achievement, and overall well-being. The problem behaviors are, but not limited to, risky sexual behaviors at a premature age, drug use, aggressiveness, defiance, detachment from school, lack of supervision, and behaviors that may be linked to mental health issues. An extensive search for a potential funder resulted in the Annenberg Foundation. The Annenberg Foundation has funded many projects that involve the education and development of youth. A grant proposal was written to support the population served by Olive Crest, a non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of abused or neglected children.</p>
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Summer camp and mentorship for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and questioning foster youth| A grant proposal

Tang, Catherine N. 03 May 2013 (has links)
<p> The purpose of this project was to design a program, identify a potential funding source, and write a grant proposal to fund a summer camp and mentorship program for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ} foster youth. A review of literature provided knowledge regarding what services would provide support for the LGBTQ foster youth population. The objectives of the program was to create an opportunity for participating youth to build a long-lasting relationship with an adult mentor, to network and form encouraging relationships with other LGBTQ foster youth, to build upon their ability to cope with issues facing LGBTQ foster youth and to improve attitudes about their future. A grant was written to financially support a summer camp and mentorship program for LGBTQ foster youth. Actual submission of this grant was not required for successful completion of this thesis.</p>
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A survey-based study of social workers' critical consciousness and practice with LGB clients

Bott, Cynthia L. 24 July 2013 (has links)
<p> Social workers are responsible for providing the majority of mental health and substance abuse services in the United States in the role of direct service. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LBG) individuals utilize these services at rates that are believed to be higher than other populations. The field of social work embraces social justice as one of its core principles. This cross-sectional survey of 220 BSW and/or MSW social workers investigates two questions: what is the relationship among key aspects of social worker critical consciousness, i.e., attitudes about social justice, change agency, and awareness of heterosexism; and in what ways does critical consciousness influence practice (promising practices) with LGB clients in behavioral health programs. Findings suggest that social workers who have greater critical consciousness have greater self-reported skills and knowledge scores and engage in more LGB promising practices. Specifically, respondents with more consciousness as evidenced by awareness of heterosexism, positive attitudes towards LGB persons, and greater engagement in social justice activity in their personal and professional lives, including their encouragement of client engagement in social justice activity, have higher skills and knowledge scores and utilize more LGB promising practices. Implications for social work practice and education are discussed and areas for future research are presented.</p>
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A training program for mentors of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) adolescents| A grant proposal

Brooks, Dawn 09 August 2013 (has links)
<p> The purpose of this project was to write a grant proposal to fund adequate training for mentors of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) adolescents at The Center of Long Beach, California, create educational training for LGBT adolescents, and identify funding sources. A comprehensive review of the literature found that LGBT experience higher rates of suicide, discrimination, isolation, physical violence, and verbal harassment. This writer also found an effective intervention strategy such as mentoring as an attempt to shield the negative experiences of LGBT youth. Relationship building and communication skills are enhanced, creating a safe space for adolescents to share their feelings, experiences, and identities without fear of judgment or rejection. The proposed training workshop aimed at elevating competence, improving the quality of life of LGBT adolescents. The David Bohnett Foundation was selected as a potential funding source. Actual submission and/or funding of the grant were not requirements for completion of this project.</p>
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Building bridges| A specialized training program for professionals in school settings to address bullying in LGBTQ youth| A grant proposal

Acosta, Joanna 09 August 2013 (has links)
<p> The purpose of this proposal was to seek funding to help The American Civil Liberties Union LGBTQ Student Rights Project provide a sensitivity training to the Los Angeles County School District school professionals who work with LGBTQ youth who are being bullied or at risk of bullying. School bullying has been a new issue identified to society. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth are specific targets to bullying. Bullying in those who identify as LGBTQ may face life-threatening consequences such as depression and suicide. The grant writer selected The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation as a funding source for the proposed project. Actual submission and/or funding of this grant were not required for successful completion of this thesis project.</p>
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A preventative and treatment substance use program for GLBT adolescents in Long Beach| A grant proposal

Sevier, Jessica 09 August 2013 (has links)
<p> The purpose of this project was to write a grant proposal for funds to develop a substance abuse program for GLBT adolescents at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach, CA. (GLCGLB).</p><p> Consultations with the GLCGLB staff and findings from the literature review highlighted the need for a substance abuse program for GLBT adolescents due to their risk and the little attention received in regards to treatment. The proposed program offers culturally relevant psychoeducation, prevention and treatment groups for GLBT adolescents. The goal of the proposed program is to decrease substance use among GLBT adolescents in Long Beach and dispel the stigma around addiction and treatment as well as help GLBT adolescents to recover from substance use-related illnesses. The identified funding source is the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Inc. The actual submission and/or funding of this grant were not a requirement for the successful completion of the project.</p>

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