L'GASP Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists Historically, before there was a group called L’GASP, there was an informal social group of gay men who were members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). During the national Conventions they would get together with other gay members and their partners for dinner and then dancing at local gay clubs ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 1998
L'GASP Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
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  • Joe Melcher
    Xavier University
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Article   |   March 01, 1998
L'GASP Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 5-9. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.5
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 5-9. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.5
Historically, before there was a group called L’GASP, there was an informal social group of gay men who were members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). During the national Conventions they would get together with other gay members and their partners for dinner and then dancing at local gay clubs because they did not feel comfortable dancing together at the various Association dances. During the 1988 Convention in Boston, several of these men happened to stay at the same guest house and began discussing professional issues, including the possibility of a professional interest group within ASHA. The first name that was used was GASP (Gay Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists), an acronym to not only identify the members, but also to reflect what many thought the conservative members of ASHA would do when they heard about such an organization.
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