This event explores the relationship between LGBTQ+ status and aspects of criminality, culture and the criminal justice system.Drawing upon ex-practitioner research (probation) around LGBTQ+ they will consider why LGBTQ+ people appear disproportionately in the criminal justice system.Research which indicates that, for example, a school-to-prison pipeline exists for young people will be explored. Issues such as homelessness, bullying, victimisation and truancy which might ‘push’ young people out of school and make them susceptible to criminal behaviour will be discussed. This event also explores the experiences of a former gay female prison officer who served six years in a male category ‘B’ prison. Highlighting issues around sexuality, sexual objectification, homophobia, heteronormativity and workplace incivility, this session will present personal experiences from an autoethnographic perspective. Finally, the session will present criminological research of MSM (men who have sex with men) in both virtual and physical environments. The session will provide insight into how social media is used to construct and perform drug and sex related identities and behaviours in and across virtual environments, and highlight the stigma associated with online sex and drug related risk taking.Presented by Kath Wilson (De Montfort University) Dr Brian Frederick (University of Gloucestershire); Sarah Nixon (University of Gloucestershire).
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