Date

12-2021

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

Abstract

This project was completed during my time working with the Epicenter in Salinas in their Our Gente program. Just as the program is designed to strengthen and support the LGBTQ+ youth and community in the area, this project seeks to address a growing gap between generations within the LGBTQ+ community. This gap grows due to a lack of both technological literacy, social in-person isolation, and a lack of accessible LGBTQ+ elders to provide information and oral history to those younger generations within the community. This project aims to address this with the Queer Generational Connection Panel. The Queer Generational Connection Panel is a panel of volunteers who are members of the LGBTQ+ community ranging in age from oldest to youngest generations. The idea behind this project is to allow both speakers and observers to listen to the stories of those older members of the community and obtain both a social connection and learn from an oral history that is rarely written in books. The findings of such a project were that such a panel, if held weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly could slowly mold back together this growing gap and produce a firmer community. With proper scheduling and marketing, this panel could easily be reproduced in any setting, online or otherwise.

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