Intro to LGBTQ Syllabus




Fall 2010

Class Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:50PM

Class Location: Conklin 346

Professor Timothy Stewart-Winter

Office: 314 Conklin Hall

Office Hours: Tues, 4-6PM

Phone: 973-353-1914


This is an introductory course in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. We

will examine the contributions of scholars from a range of academic disciplines to the field,

survey a variety of methods these scholars have brought to the subject matter, and trace some of

the ways that LGBT Studies has influenced cultural and social theory more broadly. LGBT

Studies is inextricably linked to the social movement out of which it emerged, and we will

critically examine some major texts produced by movement activists. You are encouraged to

engage with contemporary controversies, while remaining respectful at all times of one another

and of the opinions of those with whom you may disagree.


Attendance and Punctuality.

Attendance is required. You are expected to attend every class,

arrive on time, and stay for the duration of the class. Your overall course grade will be lowered

by one half letter for each unexcused absence beginning with the fourth one. Eight unexcused

absences will result in an automatic failing grade. You may be excused for illness, family

emergency, and similar extreme situations, with appropriate documentation (such as a doctor’s


Class Participation.

All students are required to participate in the discussions during class.

While much of our time will be taken up with lecture, we will also have discussions about course

readings. As a result, you must arrive at class having completed that day’s reading assignment

and prepared to talk about it. A valuable part of discussions is the posing of questions; no one is

expected to grasp perfectly the significance of all the readings. Intelligent questions are just as

important as comments. Your participation grade will reflect both the frequency of your

participation and the quality of your comments and questions.


There will be several unannounced quizzes, with a few short but specific questions on

the readings and films assigned for that day. Your lowest grade on the quizzes will not count.

Quizzes missed due to unexcused absences cannot be made up.

Ethnography Paper.

You are required to write a 5-page paper that discusses the environment

for LGBT people in some place, sphere, or arena that you regularly visit or participate in.

Detailed guidelines for the assignment will be distributed in class closer to the due date. A oneparagraph

proposal, briefly describing your plans for the paper, is due on Tuesday, October 12.

The paper itself is due on Tuesday, November 2. Both assignments must be typed, double-spaced

in 12-point font (Times or Times New Roman), with 1-inch margins, printed on standard white

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paper, and stapled. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Both assignments must be

submitted in hard copy at the beginning of class on the due date. Late submissions will not be

accepted. Assignments that are not submitted on time due to a student’s unexcused absence will

not be accepted.

Midterm and Final.

There will be a midterm and a final. The midterm will be given in class on

Tuesday, October 19. The final exam is on Tuesday, December 21, from 11:45am to 2:45pm.

Grading Breakdown.

You must complete all assignments in order to pass this class.

Attendance and Participation – 10%

Quizzes – 25%

Midterm – 20%

Ethnography Proposal and Paper – 20%

Final – 25%


Academic Honesty.

You are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the Academic

Integrity Policy, available at While quoting others and

paraphrasing their ideas are important parts of academic writing, you must always cite your

sources. Do not plagiarize in your written work. If you plagiarize and I catch you, you will fail

the assignment and you may fail the class. Do not hand in a paper for this class that you have

used in another class or will be using in another class. I also expect that the work you do in

exams will be your own. Do not cheat. If I catch you cheating or suspect that you have done so,

punishments will range from a zero on the exam to failing the class. Cheating and plagiarism will

also be reported to the dean’s office.


If you have questions about anything on the syllabus or about any aspect of the class,

please feel free to email me or come to my office hours. If you are busy during my office hours

but would like to speak with me in person, please email me and we’ll figure out another time to


Students with Disabilities.

Any student requesting disability accommodation for this class must

inform the instructor giving appropriate notice. Students should contact Assistant Dean

Genevieve Sumski at (973) 353-5300 to certify documentation of disability and arrange for

appropriate accommodations.


There is one required book for this class, which you may purchase from the Rutgers Bookstore on

the first floor of Bradley Hall, or from elsewhere online.

•David Shneer and Caryn Aviv, eds., American Queer, Now and Then (Paradigm

Publishers, 2006) [ISBN 978-1594511721]

The other course readings are in a required coursepack, which you must purchase at Affordable

Copies, 49 Halsey Street (between New and Bleeker Streets), (973) 802-1007.


Thurs., Sept. 2: Introduction

•“The Heterosexual Questionnaire” (1977)

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Tues., Sept. 7: Does Sexuality Have a History?

American Queer, 8-27, 38-41

•“Three Taverns Challenge ABC Homosexual Rulings,” Asbury Park Press, August 27,1967

•“A Fatal Encounter in a Newark Park,” New York Times, August 20, 2010

Thurs., Sept. 9: Does Gender Identity Have a History?

•Joanne Meyerowitz, “Introduction,” from How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality

in the United States (Harvard, 2006), 1-13

Tues., Sept. 14: Queer Spaces

American Queer, 53-90

Thurs., Sept. 16: Queer Love, Sex, and Romance

American Queer, 91-121

Tues., Sept. 21: Queer Representation I

•Richard Meyer, “Rock Hudson’s Body,” from Inside/Out: Lesbian Theories, Gay

Theories, ed. Diana Fuss (Routledge, 1991), 259-288

Thurs., Sept. 23: Queer Representation II

American Queer, 167-180

Tues., Sept. 28: Queers in Families I

•T. Dunbar Moodie, “Migrancy and Male Sexuality: On the South African Gold Mines,”

from Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, ed. Martin Duberman,

Martha Vicinus, and George Chauncey (New American Library, 1989), 411-425

•Honor Moore, “The Bishop’s Daughter,” New Yorker, March 3, 2008

Thurs., Sept. 30: Queers in Families III

•Kath Weston, “Families We Choose,” in Social Perspectives in Lesbian and Gay Studies,

ed. Peter Nardi and Beth Schneider (Routledge, 1998), 390-411

American Queer, 123-166

Tues., Oct. 5: Activist Lives: Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

IN-CLASS FILM SCREENING: No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis

Lyon (2003, directed by Joan E. Biren)

Thurs., Oct. 7: LGBT Activism I

American Queer, 5-7, 217-244

Tues., Oct. 12: LGBT Activism II


•Carl Wittman, “Refugees from Amerika: A Gay Manifesto” (1969)

•Anonymous Queers, “Queers Read This: I Hate Straights” (1990)

•Ariel Levy, “Lesbian Nation,” New Yorker, March 2, 2009

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Thurs., Oct. 14: The 2003 Ruling in Lawrence v. Texas

American Queer, 215-16

•Carlos A. Ball, “Sex,” in From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits

That Have Changed Our Nation (Beacon, 2010), 199-247

Tues., Oct. 19: IN-CLASS MIDTERM

Thurs., Oct. 21: San Francisco 1966: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

IN-CLASS FILM SCREENING: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

(directed by Susan Stryker, 2005)

Tues., Oct. 26: Gays in the Military

•Ben McGrath, “A Soldier’s Legacy,” New Yorker, August 4, 2008

Thurs., Oct. 28: Homonormativity

•Ann Pellegrini, “Consuming Lifestyle: Commodity Capitalism and Transformations in

Gay Identity,” from Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism,

ed. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé and Martin F. Manalansan IV (NYU, 2002), 134-145

•Lisa Duggan, “Equality, Inc.,” from The Twilight of Equality? Neoliberalism, Cultural

Politics, and the Attack on Democracy (Beacon, 2003), 43-66

Tues., Nov. 2: Gay Marriage I


•Ari L. Goldman, “Newark Bishop Seeking to Bless Unwed Coupes,” New York Times,

January 30, 1987

Thurs., Nov. 4: Gay Marriage II

•Michael Warner, “Beyond Gay Marriage,” in Queer Cultures, ed. Deborah Carlin and

Jennifer DiGrazia (Pearson, 2004), 2004, 768-779

•H. N. Hirsch, “Liberal with a Twist: Queering Marriage,” in The Future of Gay Rights in

America, ed. H. N. Hirsch (Routledge, 2005), 285-295

Tues., Nov. 9: Gay Marriage III

•Sean Cahill, “The Anti-Gay Marriage Movement,” in The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage,

ed. Craig A Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox (Chicago, 2007), 155-191

•Margaret Talbot, “A Risky Proposal,” New Yorker, January 18, 2010

Thurs., Nov. 11: Contemporary Issues I: Queering the Global

•Jinga Desai, “Homo on the Range: Mobile and Global Sexualities,” Social Text 73

(Winter 2002): 65-89

•Ian Buruma, “Parade’s End,” New Yorker, December 7, 2009

Tues., Nov. 16: Contemporary Issues II: LGBT People on Television

•Joshua Gamson, “Talking Freaks: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families on

Daytime Talk TV,” from Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the

State, ed. Mary Bernstein and Renate Reimann (Columbia, 2001), 68-86

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Thurs., Nov. 18: Race and Sexual Politics I

•Allan Bérubé, “How Gay Stays White and What Kind of White It Stays,” from Privilege:

A Reader, ed. Michael Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber (Westview, 2003), 253-283

•Leonard Patterson, “At Ebenezer Baptist Church,” from Black Men/White Men, ed.

Michael J. Smith (Gay Sunshine, 1983), 163-166

•Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “Good News for Homosexuals,” in Good News: Sermons of Hope

for Today’s Families (Judson, 1995), 73-85

Tues., Nov. 23: Race and Sexual Politics II

•Kelefa Sanneh, “Revelations,” New Yorker, February 8, 2010


Tues., Nov. 30: Violence Against Queers I

IN-CLASS FILM SCREENING: Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project (2008,

directed by Charles B. Brack)

•Ronald Smothers, “Newark Preaches Tolerance of Gays Year After Killing,” New York

Times, May 12, 2004

Thurs., Dec. 2: Violence Against Queers II

American Queer, 181-214

Tues., Dec. 7: Queer Youth and the Future

•Patrick McCreery, “Save Our Children/Let Us Marry: Gay Activists Appropriate the

Rhetoric of Child Protectionism,”Radical History Review 100 (Winter 2008): 186-208

•Megan Davidson, “Rethinking the Movement: Trans Youth Activism in New York City

and Beyond,” from Queer Youth Cultures, ed. Susan Driver (SUNY, 2008), 243-260

Thurs., Dec. 9: Wrap-Up and Review for Exam

FINAL EXAM: Tues., December 21, 11:45am to 2:45pm