Who’s Who Panel: Understanding the Power of Stereotypes

Who’s Who Panel: Understanding the Power of Stereotypes

TIME: 1.5-2 hours

It is human nature to label people and objects.  It is how we create order and make sense of the world. Unfortunately, labeling and stereotyping people can lead to a flawed understanding of a culture. In this fun and interactive panel presentation, participants will have an opportunity to challenge themselves on long held stereotypes and beliefs. Our panel will consist of individuals who identify as: straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Our sixth panelist will be a “wild card.” Participants must ask the panelist questions and try to guess how the panelists identify.  Direct questions about sexual behaviors are not allowed, for example: “Who was the last person you had sex with?” Questions about gender expression are fair game, for example: “Do you own Birkenstocks?”  This presentation is sure to create lots of laughter but it is also a great opportunity for self-reflection and in depth discussions around the power of stereotyping, in a safe and comfortable setting. Perfect for larger audiences on college campuses or high school assemblies!

Feedback from Who’s Who Panel in Rochester (October 2016)

“I wanted to say ‘thank you’… this helped me feel more comfortable about my sexuality and how I identify. This was 100% great and very enjoyable.”

“You can’t tell anything about someone’s sexuality by just looking at them. The speakers were great and helpful.”

“Excellent job”

“The laid-back feeling made it easier to talk and think.”

“A lot of great advice, speakers were helpful. Wish we had more time.”

90% of the participants from this presentation gave us an overall evaluation of “excellent.”

For more information or to request a presentation please contact education@gayalliance.org or 585-244-8640.