This is interdisciplinary course examining the development of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) movement and its interaction with the state in the US and Canada. This first unit is an overview of identities, histories and approaches that shape the LGBTQ movement. The aim is to lay an historical and theoretical foundation for analysis that centers the experiences of those historically marginalized within the LGBTQ movement, and demonstrate the utility of intersectional analysis. The second part of the course addresses key institutions that interface with LGBTQ organizing, including the judiciary and the legislature. The final unit explores contemporary queer critical thought. We discuss the LGBTQ movement’s investments in consumerism, critiques of same-sex marriage campaigns, and complicity in the continuation of settler colonial and imperial logics. By the end of the course, the students will be able to explain the political import of LGBTQ movements and politics and to discuss the relevance of queer politics to their everyday lives.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour lecture per week. Requirements TBA.
SDS255H1/ SDS256H1/ UNI255H1/ UNI256H1/1.0 credit on the politics of 20th century Europe, U.S., or Canada/1.0 credit on gender or sexuality/permission of the instructor