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University of Nebraska – Kearney 9-23-13


Gay Sexuality: Biology as a Destiny

LGBT Suicide Prevention: When It Feels Like It's All (But) Over

The audience consisted of students, faculty, and community members.

The first presentation helped audience members compare and contrast the definitions of sexual orientation and sexual behavior; describe the spectrum of sexuality in the general population; identify that sexual orientation is not a choice; describe how genetics plays a role in male homosexuality; list the current biological theories on causation of male homosexuality; and identify neuroanatomical  differences between homosexual and heterosexual men.

The second presentation helped audience members understand the warning signs and general risks of suicide; identify factors that increase suicide in the LGBT population; identify ways to help reduce suicide; and list the protective factors against LGBT suicide.

Audience comments on how presentation impacted their knowledge:

It was incredible to hear scientific research that truly supports 'I was born this way'. After years of rejection from my parents and 4 years of reparative therapy, to hear that it is who I am was refreshing. Great presentations. Thanks for coming back to Nebraska -20 y/o M sophomore

Sexual orientation is not a choice. -22 y/o F senior

Although sexual behavior could be changed, orientation cannot. Opened my eyes further to the idea of being born gay. I've always believed this and the facts really support the idea. -23 y/o F senior year (social work)

Great presentation! Gave me greater knowledge so I can better support the LGBT community. I learned the difference between sexual orientation and behavior. One cannot change their sexual orientation. -21 y/o F senior

This presentation has opened my eyes to all the possible reasons of how or why a person is gay/lesbian. I am going to educate myself more so that I can educate those who do not know this information. Many people are very 'ignorant' to the whole issue or they are scared to talk about the subject itself. So thank you so much for everything you brought today. -31 y/o F nursing student

I thoroughly enjoyed this conference. There was some information I was not aware of even though I'm bi and try to keep up with the latest information. I learned that it's not just a gene that could effect orientation. I didn't realize hormones and the womb were such big factors. -22 y/o F graduate student

Great presentation. Learned things I never knew about. Do not tell someone they need counseling just because they are gay. Gay is okay. -18 y/o F freshman (social work)

I learned the link between hormones, genes, and sexual orientation. Very good statistics. Defining of terms helpful when talking with others. -32 y/o F graduate assistant

I now know how to educate people about this subject. -22 y/o F senior

Very informational. I learned the difference between sexual orientation and sexual behavior. The presentation has opened my eyes to the different factors that are involved in someone being gay. -21 y/o F senior

Very interesting and lots of facts. I learned how young children can be when they commit suicide. This presentation makes me more aware we need to work with our youth 10-13 on being present and supportive of them. -29 y/o F residence life professional

Great presentation! Definitely learned that LGBT orientation has a higher risk of attempting suicide than straight orientation. This is something that is occurring around us daily. And need to be aware of this and take action! An eye opening presentation! -21 y/o F senior (social work)

Family acceptance is critical. This means more television/radio PSAs on acceptance. The presentation reaffirmed how important if is to educate and embrace differences. Have a policy and expectations for enforcing basic human rights. -49 y/o F educator

Awesome information. I learned mainly about the theories about sexual orientation. It is very relevant and will help me understand my clients better and offer support. -24 y/o F senior (social work)

Very interesting and informative presentation. I learned sexual orientation can be one thing but sexual behavior another. This presentation changed the way I view homosexuality. -19 y/o M sophomore 

People's sexualities are most likely genetic. -18 y/o F freshman  

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