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Course Title: LGBTQ Politics
This course explores the theory and practice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) politics globally, examining the policy impact of legislation, litigation, and direct democracy; shifts in public opinion and media coverage; and the diffusion of international human rights norms via international law. Further, the historic development of LGBTQ rights movements, interest groups, and advocacy coalitions; the involvement of the LGBTQ community and allies in activism; and the role of out politicians will be explored. Policy-making concerning a range of LGBTQ rights issues will be examined cross-nationally: criminalization and decriminalization of homosexuality; discrimination and non-discrimination protections; hate crimes; same-sex union recognition and marriage; LGBTQ adoption and parenting; transgender, bisexual, intersex, and asexual rights; gender recognition; citizenship, immigration, and asylum; public health and aging; and youth, homelessness, education, and criminal justice.