Project Archive: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

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Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

Subject: Gender & Sexuality Studies

Book Language: English

Audience: Introductory LGBTQ or Queer studies course, non-traditional college students, general curious public

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Created date: November 5, 2019

Updated date: June 1, 2022

Target Release Date: 2022-06-01


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LGBTQ+ Studies: An Open Textbook

provides an introduction to and an overview of LGBTQ+ Studies, the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, usually focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer people for the introductory level college student and the curious public. It is an Open Educational Resource (OER), which means that it carries an open license, so that the vast majority of its content can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed for free, as long as authorship is clearly attributed.

The text offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of topics, from LGBTQ+ history, LGBTQ+ relationship, families, parenting, and health, to LGBTQ+ culture. We employ an intersectional analysis throughout the book, highlighting the ways in which sexuality and gender are simultaneously experienced and constructed through other structures of inequality and privilege, such as race and class. This intersectional analysis is grounded in social theory and the social sciences. Lastly, we have also sought to highlight a more global perspective on LGBTQ+ issues, from the ancient world as well more contemporary ones. Finally, we aim to support multiple learning styles by integrating visual elements and multimedia resources throughout the textbook.

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LGBTQ Studies: An Open Introduction

will be an introductory level LGBTQ Studies OER text. The few textbooks in this area tend to lack a social science perspective, focusing instead on the humanities and the arts. This project will address contemporary LGBTQ social issues from the perspective of the social sciences — sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, and the human services. In addition to the main text, the goal of the project is to create OER video introductions to key theorists and their work in LGBTQ studies.


Section 1: Introductions

Chapter 1: An Open Invitation to LGBTQ+ Studies

Author: Deborah Amory, SUNY Empire State College

Chapter 2: Thirty Years of Queer Theory

Author: Jennifer Miller, University of Texas at Arlington

Section 2: Global Histories

Chapter 3: Global Sexualities: LGBTQ Anthropology Past, Present, and Future

Author: Joseph Russo, SUNY Purchase

Chapter 4: Queer New World: Challenging Heteronormativity in Archaeology

Author: James J. Aimers, SUNY Geneseo

Section 3: U.S. Histories

Chapter 5: U.S. LGBTQ History

Author: Clark Pomerleau, University of North Texas

Research Profile: “Institutionalizing Sexuality: Sexology, Psychoanalysis and the Law”

Author: Jennifer Miller, University of Texas at Arlington and Clark A. Pomerleau, University of Texas, Austin

Chapter 6: LGBTQ Legal History in the United States

Author: Dara Silberstein, Binghamton University

Research Profile: “Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes in the United States: Histories and Debates”

Author: Ariella Rotramel, Connecticut College

Section 4: Prejudice and Health

Chapter 7: Prejudice and Discrimination against LGBTQ people

Author: Sean Massey, Binghamton University SUNY

Research Profile: “Social Stigma and Sexual Minorities”

Author: David Frost, University of Surrey

Chapter 8: LGBTQ Health and Wellness

Authors: Thomas L Long, Christine Rodriguez, Marianne Snyder, and Ryan Watson, University of Connecticut

Section 5: Relationships, Families and Youth

Chapter 9: LGBTQ Relationships, Families and Parenting

Authors: Sarah Young and Sean Massey, Binghamton University SUNY

Research Profile: “LGBTQ+ Family-Building: Challenges & Opportunity”

Author: Christa Craven, Wooster College

Chapter 10: Education & LGBTQ Youth

Author: Kim Fuller, Cleveland State University

Section 6: LGBTQ Culture

Chapter 11: Screening LGBTQ+

Author: Lynne Stahl, West Virginia University

Research Profile: “How One Day at a Time Avoids Negative Queer Tropes"

Author: Shyla Saltzman, East Stroudsburg University

Research Profile: “Giving Voice to Black Gay Men Through Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied”

Author: Marquis Bey, Cornell University

Chapter 12: Queer Faith

Author: Miller Jen Hoffman, Metropolitan Community Church

Section 7: LGBTQ Research

Chapter 13: A Guide to Research in LGBTQ Studies

Authors: Rachel Wexelbaum, St. Cloud State University and Gesina Phillips, University of Pittsburgh