World Town Planning Day 2021
"Planning with LGBTQ Communities: Lessons from Atlanta, Tampa, and Houston"
featuring Petra Doan, Professor at Florida State University

hosted by the Georgia Tech Student Planning Association and the School of City & Regional Planning

Monday, November 8 from 6-7 p.m. ET

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More About the Event

The presentation will review the resistance to planning for LGBTQ spaces from some quarters and then argue why such planning is needed. Petra will use case examples from Midtown in Atlanta (as an example of planning that failed to include the LGBTQ population) and planning for Ybor City in Tampa as an example of planning that did. She will also discuss briefly a recent planning effort in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston that was very LGBTQ inclusive. She will conclude with a few comments about best practices for planning with LGBTQ populations and for delineating LGBTQ spaces.

More About Petra Doan

Petra Doan is Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. She completed her graduate work (M.R.P. and Ph.D.) from Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning. In 2012 she was the John Bousfield Distinguished Planning Visitor at the University of Toronto. In 2020 she received the Dale Prize for excellence in research on gender and sexuality.

She conducts research on planning issues surrounding the LGBTQ community, especially the consequences of highly gendered urban environments for vulnerable populations, such as trans and gender non-conforming individuals. She has edited two books: Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice published in 2011 by Ashgate and Planning and LGBTQ Communities: the Need for Inclusive Queer Space published by Routledge in 2015. In addition she has a forthcoming (2022) edited book with Lynda Johnston, titled Rethinking Transgender Identities: Reflections from Around the Globe.  She has published numerous articles in Gender, Place, and CultureCity and Community, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Progressive Planning, the International Review of Urban and Regional Research the Journal of Lesbian Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly,  and Environment and Planning A.


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