Guest speaker to discuss gender diversity on Nov. 12

By: Bethany Donat, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
October 23, 2012

In the midst of an increasingly diverse culture, speaker Kand McQueen will offer insight about intersexuality and transgenderism during an informational presentation at Indiana State University.

"Breaking the Gender Dichotomy: Why Two are Definitely Not Enough" will take place in University Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12. During the presentation, McQueen will challenge the dichotomous view of sex and gender.

"We assume in this country, as well as a lot of other places around the world, that people come in one of two sizes. We tend to get pretty nervous when that dichotomous assumption gets challenged, even though there are a considerable number of people who don't fit into those two categories," said McQueen.

The event is open to students, parents and the general public.

McQueen, who has spoken and conducted workshops nationwide, described the most typical response to presentations.

"The most common feedback I receive is that ‘I just had no idea.' It's important for people's awareness to be expanded," McQueen said.

McQueen holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Indiana University and currently serves as an assistant professor at Indiana State University. Those interested in learning more can visit McQueen's website at http://kandmcqueen.com.

Attendees of the event can park free of charge in Lot 15. Questions about the event, which is sponsored by the Bayh College of Education, can be directed to kand.mcqueen@indstate.edu.

Contact: Kand McQueen, assistant professor, Indiana State University, at Kand.McQueen@indstate.edu

Writer: Bethany Donat, media relations assistant, ISU Communications and Marketing, at bdonat@sycamores.indstate.edu