The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in New Orleans featured a presentation of Libbie Searcy's documentary Questioning Queerness last month. The English Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University observed that among the predominantly male student body of engineers and mathematical students there were occasional uses of gay or other terms to denigrate members of the student body.
Searcy strove to reach this college age audience with a thought provoking piece about stereotypes and stigmas associated with gay, lesbian and bisexual people. The result, a hip film that incorporates television and film clips, popular music and students own words to dramatize the issues of gender and sexual behaviors and assumptions.
The Office of Diversity Initiatives at her University has sponsored showings of the movie. Dr. Searcy believes that she has been successful in encouraging awareness of sexual identity without alienating viewers who will inevitably represent a spectrum of views.