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Sexual Deserts and the Urban Stratification of Sexual Networks with Morgan Purrier, Ph.D.

Logo with name, "Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing"

When: Thursday, December 8, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: 625 N Michigan Ave, 1400, Stonewall Conference Room, Chicago, IL 60611 Chicago map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free, registration required by 12/02 for in-person attendees who would like lunch provided.

Contact: Andrew Principe  

Group: Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH)

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Northwestern's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing is thrilled to invite you to the December installment of our “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” series featuring Morgan Purrier, Ph.D.

Urban environments have long been argued to benefit LGBTQ people, especially queer men, through agglomerating queer spaces, resources, and partners. Large cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, frequently garner attention for their gayborhoods, queer leisure, sexual health programs, and dense queer populations. Despite these seemingly queer rich environments, many individuals remain separated, excluded, or dismissed from accessing such dense resources. Dr. Purrier uses the concept of sexual deserts–similar to the term food deserts–to refer to the systematic and structured inequalities in access to quality leisure and space. Focusing on queer men living in sexual deserts, he highlights both the overall difficulty in accessing quality sexual resources and the strategies utilized to build sociogeographic networks of partners and places.

The event is free and open to the public. Virtual registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees who register by December 2nd. 

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