Queen’s University ‘regrets’ past use of gay aversion therapy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has said it regrets its past use of electrical aversion therapy to ‘cure’ homosexuality. The therapy involves a patient being shown naked pictures and given electric shocks if they become aroused. It was used in the 1960s and 70s, however it has since been debunked. Speaking to the BBC, a former Queen’s student who underwent the therapy, John (not his real name), said the experience was ‘horrible’ …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 30 September]

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QUB: Gay students given electric shocks ‘to cure homosexuality’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2019 by steve

“John, not his real name, underwent electrical aversion therapy at Queen’s University, Belfast, while a student in the 1960s. The Presbyterian student was shown pictures of naked men and given electric shocks if he was aroused …” (video)

[BBC News, 30 September]

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First ever Irish university taught course on sexuality and sexual health education will begin in September

Posted in Teaching on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The first ever Irish university taught course on sexuality and sexual health education will begin in September at Dublin City University. Running parallel to that programme will be another first — this autumn, DCU will also offer a taught course on relationships and sexuality for people with intellectual disability …” (more)

[Áilín Quinlan, Irish Examiner, 7 July]

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Gay teachers to be protected by new legislation published by Fianna Fáil today

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 19th, 2012 by steve

“Schools would no longer be allowed to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual teachers under new legislation published today (19th February) by Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Senator Averil Power …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 19 February]

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DCU introduces new MA in Sexuality Studies

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2010 by steve

“The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) together with the Faculty of Science and Health (FSH) are pleased to announce a newly-accredited joint Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies. The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) and the School of Nursing (SON) have gathered synergies to offer this interdisciplinary programme which comes at a time when sexuality-related discourses are taking centre-stage in both public and private life, policy-making and shaping professional practices …” (more)

[DCU News, 14 June]

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Misrepresentation 101: Sexuality Courses Under Attack

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2009 by steve

“As a grad student in the humanities during an economic crisis, I feel that I’m constantly having to defend the ‘usefulness’ of what I do. The insinuation seems to be that because my chosen field doesn’t build houses, cure the sick and dying, or create vast sums of money, it isn’t as deserving of university funding. Public and private endowments should be funnelled into more ‘practical’ majors and fields, and frequently are. I could write a book (and indeed a lot of good books have been written) about how flawed this logic is, but instead I’d like to focus on the latest victim of the ‘usefulness doctrine’ – courses in queer theory and sexuality. Certain lawmakers in the state of Georgia, which is facing a $2.2 million budget shortfall, are outraged that tax dollars are being spent on state college courses whose subjects include queer theory and human sexuality. They seem most up in arms about courses that discuss oral sex and male prostitution …” (more)

[Adventures in Gradland, 19 February]

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