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LGBT/Queer Studies Programs

This entry briefly describes the origins of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)/queer studies as an academic field as well as the development of specific academic programs in LGBT/queer studies and the debates over the naming of the field. It then turns to the current state of the field, outlining the extent of available academic programs and discussing both the growing acceptance of LGBTQ issues in academia as well as some of the recent controversies the field has experienced.

Origins of the Field

LGBT/queer studies is an interdisciplinary field of academic study that has as its focus the experiences and ideas of LGBT/queer people and communities. Queer studies emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, with the first scholarly journals, conferences, and college courses specifically focused on ...

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