Inspirational History

Watch the online lecture, “LGBTQ+ Terminology and Issues.” This is a primer on LGBTQ terminology and issues to help orient you to the content this week.

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Queer History Lecture, part 1:

Here’s the YouTube link:

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Queer History Lecture, part 2:

Click here to download part 2 of the video lecture(YouTube was having issues with copyright infringement and wouldn’t let me upload the video the usual way).

Step 3:
Read chapter 3 of Transgender History by Susan Stryker.

Step 4: Inspirational History!
Watch this short inspiring video about the group STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), and Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, activists for transgender liberation:

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Guiding questions for content this week:
Again, note that these questions are here to help guide you through the main themes and ideas. These are not your discussion questions. When you participate in the discussion forum, make sure to respond to the discussion questions I post.


What was the context of discrimination that helped to spur activism for LGBTQ/queer rights beginning in the 1950s?
How did medical science both stigmatize queer people and facilitate, in positive way, the creation of queer identities?
What did queer identity look like in the 19th and early 20th centuries?
Why was the community formed in gay and lesbian bars essential in the formation of identity and community, and how does this relate to the emergence of activism in the 1960s and 1970s?
What political differences existed between the homophile movement and the gay liberation movement?
Why did the Stonewall Riot happen? What does it have to do with the emergence of a mass movement for gay rights?

Sample Solution