Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
- Social Justice Studies - AOE
- Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
This introductory course examines a broad range of contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues in various contexts including bio-medical, sociological, political, racial and sexual.
May be titled “Introduction to Queer Studies”
- Intersecting identities and LGBTQ communities
- Heterosexism and heteronormative culture
- Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, and Queer Theory
- Sexual Orientation Identity and Gender Identity
- Asexual and intersex issues and experiences
- LGBTQ Identity Across Cultures in the United States
- Global LGBTQ Laws, Rights, and Policies
- Key Figures in LGBTQ History
- LGBTQ Civil Rights and Human Rights Movement
- Impact of Hate Crimes on the LGBTQ Community
- The Influence of Religion
- LGBTQ Issues in healthcare
- LGBTQ Protest and Pride
- LGBTQ Culture in the Media
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Analyze the various ways people identify their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity and expression.
- Explore the intersections of homophobia, transphobia, sexism, heterosexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism and other intersecting identities within the context of LGBTQ political struggles in the United States.
- Assess theories about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression within the context of Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, and Queer Theory.
- Examine the continuous evolution of legal policies and societal views of LGBTQ people on a global level.
- Examine sexual orientation and gender identity issues within the Native American, African American, Chicano/a and Latino/a, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and recent immigrant communities in the United States.
- Identify key individuals and describe their roles and contributions to domestic and international LGBTQ struggles for full human rights.
- Assess the impact of hate crimes on LGBTQ individuals, the LGBTQ community, the community at large, and public policy.
- Research the history of public health policy in the United States as well as internationally to explore the ways that LGBTQ people have consistently suffered under homophobic and transphobic policies.
- Examine the evolution of LGBTQ culture in the media and the arts.
Reflection and discussion
Small group activities
- Bao, Quang. Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America. 2000.
- DeCecco, John and Kevin Kumashiro. Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian/Pacific American Activists. 2003.
- D’Emilio, John. In a New Century: Essays on Queer History, Politics, and Community Life. 2014.
- Eaklor, Vicki L. Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the United States. 2011.
- Ferguson, Roderick A. Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color Critique. 2003.
- Gibson, Michelle A., et al eds. Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (second edition). 2014.
- Hong, Grace Kyungwon and Roderick A. Ferguson, Eds. Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization. 2011.
- Scott-Dixon, Krista, ed. Trans/Forming Feminisms: Trans Feminist Voices Speak Out. 2006.
- Roscoe, Will. Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America. 2000.
- Internet resources – specifically SCOTUS website and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Asylum website
- January 12, 2018