Dr. Gary Perry, PHD

“…LOVE THE ONE YOU WITH: BEYOND GAY MARRIAGE TO BUILDING QUEER COMMUNITY.”

The movement for same-sex marriage has progressed in recent years. A recent report by Psychology Today, however, reminds us that most adults, in the United States, will spend most of their adult-age years living single (or unmarried). If we cannot be with the one we love, how do we learn to love the one(s) we are with? Dr. Gary Perry will lead a panel discussion about the “marriage myth” and look at the necessity of forging communities-of-care in the queer community. Because isolation, abandonment, depression, and singlehood are common experiences for queer-identified people, Dr. Perry’s panel will discuss how creating a family-of-choice has been essential to their well-being. Attendees will leave this talk with a more robust vision of queer intimacy. It is a vision of queer intimacy that goes beyond sex, dating, and gay marriage.