Free Continuing Education Class with Dr. Sheff in Atlanta 1/17/2013

The CE event will be held January 17 from 6 – 10 pm at Dr. Bill Stayton’s neighborhood clubhouse (where we met last time). Dr. Elisabeth Sheff will be our speaker and you can earn 1 AASECT CE credit from attending the talk at this event. The title of the talk is: “LGBTIQKOSAP:SEXUAL AND GENDER DIVERSITY IN AN ERA OF INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS.”  Below is an abstract for the presentation and directions to Dr. Stayton’s neighborhood clubhouse.

Also, this will be a potlock event. Please plan to bring a dish or beverage to share.

Internet communications have transformed sexuality and gender presentation, enabling people to find tremendous diversity from the comfort of their own homes. While most people remain heterosexual, monogamous, cis-gendered, and “vanilla,” discovering alternatives means that an increasing number of people are able to: find out about things they may not have otherwise discovered; consider and possibly select these alternatives; and find online or in-person communities that model norms, teach skills, and provide venues to meet potential partners. In this presentation, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff examines the impact of the Internet on sexual and gender diversity and untangles the ever-expanding sexual and gender diversity acronym, which currently stands at: LGBTIQKOSAP (the order and inclusion of various letters is generally contested among groups of sex and gender minorities, there is no single officially sanctioned acronym that everyone uses).

Directions to Dr. Bill Stayton’s neighborhood clubhouse:

For a GPS, the address is: 226 Highands Ridge Pl, S.E., in Smyrna, GA 30082.  From the west side of Atlanta on #285, take the So. Cobb Drive exit.  From the south, turn left at the end of the exit ramp and go to the second light.  From the north, turn right off the exit ramp and go to the first light. Turn left onto Highlands Parkway.  Go approx. 2 miles to end and turn right.  Turn right on Highlands Ridge Place, which is the driveway after the DHL sign.  (If you reach the next traffic light at East-West Connector, you have gone a little too far).  To get into the gate, press #2115.  At the top of the drive is the Club House, where our meeting is being held.  Turn right and park in the spaces provided on the left (around the postal center).

Feel free to call Erika Pluhar if you get lost or need help the evening of the event: 770-364-9042.

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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