Dr. Orla Dunne spoke about gifted LGBT students.
The field of research on gifted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals is still relatively young, with limited empirical research. Thus far, gifted LGBTQ research has also consisted almost entirely of studies which centre on the United States. This lecture will discuss recent research in Ireland with gifted LGBTQ young people. Participants reported contrasting experiences in school and at a gifted enrichment programme, which impacted their overall identity development. The environment of each site had a direct effect on social and emotional growth, coming to terms with their identity and peer relationships. This lecture will highlight the factors which create a positive (or negative) environment for gifted LGBTQ young people and discuss some of the first research in this field from a European perspective.
Dr. Orla Dunne is a senior staff member and researcher at Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) at Dublin City University. Her research focuses on gifted LGBTQ young people and how educational environments can better support them. She has spoken about her work at multiple international conferences, written three book chapters on the topic and had her research featured in a national Irish newspaper. She currently sits on the board of directors for ShoutOut, an organisation in Ireland that promotes inclusion by delivering LGBTQ educational programmes in schools and workplaces.