What's New At Honors: 01-25-2017

Liberation or Equality? History of LGBTQ Rights Law

HISTORY 397LEH - The last fifteen years have seen incredible legal victories for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer (LBGTQ) people in the United States, and yet, in most states, it remains legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations and LGBTQ people still experience violence in their families, on the streets, and in schools. This course will explore when and why LGBTQ people have turned to the courts or legislatures for redress of legal grievances-and to what success-and will consider whether legal equality for LGBTQ people will mean justice or liberation for LGBT people.

Prior law and/or sexuality/gender related coursework (particularly U.S. LGBT and Queer History) helpful, but not required. Non-Honors students may enroll in this course with permission of the instructor. The course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 pm to 2:15 pm.

For permission to enroll, please contact the professor at jlnye@history.umass.edu.

Image: "City Hall" by Tom Hilton, licensed under CC BY 2.0