Spring 2020

LGBTQ History in Popular Culture

Listed in: History, as HIST-163  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-163


Jen Manion (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 163 and SWAG 163) While LGBTQ people might seem to be everywhere in popular culture today, this course takes such representations as a starting point to examine the past. Do popular representations distort the queer past and if so, to what end? By studying LGBTQ history through primary source materials, students will develop a rich and nuanced historical view of such major issues as the homophile movement, the Stonewall riot and other acts of resistance, the rise of the gay press, lesbian feminism, Harvey Milk, the March on Washington, anti-gay violence and hate crimes, the youth/student movement, HIV/AIDS, ACT-UP, Lawrence v. Texas, same-sex marriage, and the transgender revolution. By juxtaposing historic research with screenings of contemporary television and film, students will reflect on the power and limits of such representations and further consider why real stories of LGBTQ communities and people remain so elusive.

Spring semester. Professor Manion.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to first and second-year students.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, January 2022, Spring 2022

LGBTQ History in Pop Culture

LGBTQ History