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Out of tone: an analysis of the paths of living and working LGBT people

Grant number: 15/11653-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Rosemeire Aparecida Scopinho
Grantee:Rafael Paulino Juliani
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


We live in a heteronormative society, that conceiving sexuality and gender in a binary, natural and fixed form (male and female), marginalizing a set of multiple possibilities of gender configurations, experiences and expression of sexuality and pathologizing identities that are outside of this model. This heteronormative conception of organization and social practices excludes psychosocial those who transgress the standard imposed, including LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), impacting their lives also in terms of labor relations and access to credit. This situation got worse in the 90s, for the Brazilian case, when profound changes in the organization of the working world, making more difficult to access the formal labor market, due a lack of professional and social qualifications by this group of people. The aim of this project is to analyze the perceptions of a group of people at odds with heteronormative standards, whether by sexual orientation or gender identity, about their life trajectories and their relationship to work. It will adopt a qualitative methodology, semi-structured interviews as data collection instrument and the data collected will be analyzed using content analysis method. We expected to find stories that illustrate the difficulties experienced by this group of people in their search for work, and collect data that allow the creation of policies of work management and inclusion and respect for sexual diversity in work contexts.

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