We will study significant movement moments, hear firsthand from a diverse range of change agents (including allies and adversaries), and analyze specific legal and legislative inflection points. Targeted discrimination against and widespread exclusion of queer people have been urgent and ongoing problems in modern American politics and culture, yet too often these are treated as afterthoughts in discussions and debates about human rights and social justice—despite the fact that such prejudicial practices and policies continue to perpetuate stigma and violence against queer people in myriad ways. The modern LGBTQ movement in the United States offers some important lessons about the long and difficult struggle over representation and rights, oppression and liberation, assimilation and equality. We won't cover everything or figure it all out in one module, but any student who is interested in knowing this history and changing this world will be welcomed, affirmed, and valued in this course.
Faculty: Timothy McCarthy
Semester: Spring Fall Term
Time: Tues, Thurs, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET
EDU H213 and DPI 376