Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

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Table of contents


Introduction: An Open Invitation to LGBTQ+ Studies
Deborah P. Amory


1. Thirty Years of Queer Theory
Jennifer Miller
(Research Resources compiled by Rachel Wexelbaum)


2. Global Sexualities: LGBTQ+ Anthropology, Past, Present, and Future
Joseph Russo
(Research Resources compiled by Rachel Wexelbaum)

PROFILE: Lukas Avendaño: Reflections from Muxeidad
Rita Palacios

PROFILE: Queering Pan-Africanism
Adriaan van Klinken

3. Queer New World: Challenging Heteronormativity in Archaeology
James Aimers
(Research Resources compiled by Rosalinda Linares)


4. U.S. LGBTQ+ History
Clark A. Pomerleau
(Research Resources compiled by Carrie Pirmann)

PROFILE: Institutionalizing Sexuality: Sexology, Psychoanalysis, and the Law
Jennifer Miller and Clark A. Pomerleau

5. LGBTQ+ Legal History
Dara J. Silberstein
(Research Resources compiled by Rachel Wexelbaum)

PROFILE: Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Crimes in the United States: Histories and Debates
Ariella Rotramel


6. Prejudice and Discrimination against LGBTQ+ People
Sean G. Massey, Sarah R. Young, and Ann Merriwether
(Research Resources compiled by Jessica Szempruch and Rachel Wexelbaum)

PROFILE: Minority Stress and Same-Sex Couples
David M. Frost

7. LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness
Thomas Lawrence Long, Christine Rodriguez, Marianne Snyder, and Ryan J. Watson
(Research Resources compiled by Stephen Stratton)


8. LGBTQ+ Relationships and Families
Sarah R. Young and Sean G. Massey
(Research Resources compiled by Jessica Szempruch and Rachel Wexelbaum)

PROFILE: LGBTQ+ Family Building: Challenges and Opportunity
Christa Craven

9. Education and LGBTQ+ Youth
Kimberly Fuller
(Research Resources compiled by Rae-Anne Montague and Melody Scagnelli-Townley)

PROFILE: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in PreK-12 Teaching and Learning
Sabia Prescott


10. Screening LGBTQ+
Lynne Stahl
(Research Resources compiled by Susan Wood)

PROFILE: Giving Voice to Black Gay Men through Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied
Marquis Bey

PROFILE: How One Day at a Time Avoids Negative Queer Tropes
Shyla Saltzman

11. LGBTQ+ Literature
Edited by Jennifer Miller

LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books
Jennifer Miller

Tropes in Lesbian Young Adult Literature
Maddison Lauren Simmons

Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Characters in Young Adult Literature
Robert Bittner

LGBTQ+ Comics
Mycroft M. Roske and Cathy Corder

Lesbian and Gay Pulp Fiction
Cathy Corder

LGBTQ+ Memoir and Life Writing
Olivia Wood


12. A Practical Guide for LGBTQ+ Studies
Rachel Wexelbaum and Gesina A. Phillips


This textbook offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of LGBTQ+ topics. The 12 chapters cover LGBTQ+ history, culture, and Queer Theory, but also explore LGBTQ+ relationships, families, parenting, health, and education - as well as a separate chapter on how to conduct research on LGBTQ+ topics.


Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of topics, including history, culture, and Queer Theory; an exploration of LGBTQ+ relationships, families, parenting, health, and education; and how to conduct research on LGBTQ+ topics. The book explores LGBTQ+ issues from the ancient world to contemporary global perspectives.

Employing an intersectional analysis, the textbook highlights how sexuality and gender are simultaneously experienced and constructed through other structures of inequality and privilege, such as race and class. The text supports multiple learning styles by integrating visual elements, multimedia resources, discussion and project prompts, and resources for further research throughout the textbook.

An OER version of this course is freely available thanks to the generous support of SUNY OER Services. Access the book online at

Deborah P. Amory is Professor of Social Sciences and Public Affairs at State University of New York, Empire State College. Sean G. Massey is Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the coeditor (with Corrine C. Bertram and M. Sue Crowley) of Beyond Progress and Marginalization: LGBTQ Youth in Educational Contexts. Jennifer Miller is an independent scholar. She is the author of The Transformative Potential of LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books and coeditor (with David Arditi) of The Dialectic of Digital Culture. Allison P. Brown is Digital Publishing Services Manager, Fraser Hall Library at the State University of New York College at Geneseo.