INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES
WGS 324 in the Women and Gender Studies Program
This course presents an introduction to the historical background (including religious concerns), theoretical perspectives, literary and artistic expression, health issues, politics, community, and other relevant issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender life. The course explores 1.) different ways in which same sex physical love has been experienced, expressed, and treated in many different historical/cultural/religious contexts including the present, 2.)theoretical perspective which attempt to explain the major issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human experience, 3.) examples of literary and other artistic expressions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human life, and 4.) major issues confronted by a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person in the areas of personal and community life, health, and politics. The course usually includes a reading and viewing of Angels in America.