Héctor Carrillo and Amanda Hoffman
"Straight with a Pinch of Bi": Men's Sexual Flexibilities and their Implications for HIV Prevention
Friday, June 15th, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 PM
50 Beale/13th floor/McKusick Conf. Rm.
Héctor Carrillo and Amanda Hoffman will present findings from Project Teal, their sociological study of heterosexually-identified men who have bisexual practices. HIV prevention programs have tended to think of these men as pre-modern, uneducated, secretive, in denial about being bisexual or gay, and hard to reach. Often they are imagined to be primarily African American or Latino. This study problematizes those assumptions. It investigates the logics that inform these men's own sexual interpretations and analyzes their implications for HIV prevention.
Héctor Carrillo is Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Northwestern University. Previously at CAPS and San Francisco State University, he has conducted HIV prevention work and social science research on sexuality and HIV for 25 years. He is the author of the award-winning book The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS, and he has studied the sexualities and HIV risk of Mexican gay and bisexual immigrants.
Amanda Hoffman is the coordinator of Project Teal with the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She began researching straight MSM in 2009 while obtaining a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. Her thesis project, which she worked on with Héctor Carrillo, was titled "'I'm gay, for Jamie': Heterosexual/Straight-Identified Men Express Desire to Have Sex with Men."