Presented by Melody Yourd

Date, Time, Cost

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EDT
Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
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Many individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are also gifted, intense, and creative. What might explain the overlap in these areas? How does being gifted inform the experience of being LGBTQ+ — and vice versa? How do these intense and sensitive individuals deal with issues such as bullying and a history of violence against their communities?

This SENGinar will focus on the voices and perspectives of gifted and LGBTQ+ individuals ages 14 to 30, provided through anonymous interviews and surveys. From their experiences at school to their current support systems and relationships, there is much to explore. Discussion will include a brief overview of some LGBTQ+ terms and identities, some focus on “lesser known” LGBTQ+ identities such as asexuality and non-binary gender, how these identities interact with giftedness, and how our interviewees’ gifted and queer identities affect their lives in tandem.


About the Presenter

Melody Yourd has been SENG’s Communications Manager since 2015. They are passionate about activism, education, LGBTQ+ rights, and advocacy for people with special needs (both gifts and disabilities). A gifted adult and passionate writer, Yourd currently lives in Sunnyvale, California with their twice-exceptional partner and highly sensitive cat.

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