Course Archive

The LGBTQ Studies Program is continuously exploring more diverse and inclusive topics. This list comprises an archive of courses offered by the LGBTQ Studies Program since it was established in 1997.


Caribbean Sexualities and Post-Colonial Representations

Instructor: Eva Heppelmann

The goal of the course would be to discuss the different conditions and histories that produce ideology and shape practices of sexuality in the Caribbean. The Caribbean is as a unique heterogeneous space where colonial histories, complex cultural heritages and proximity to other islands, Latin America, and the United States inform cultural practices and political policies. The course seeks to untangle some of these factors in order to consider the influences on ideologies of sexuality and implications for individuals.


Censored! Art on Trial

Instructor: Alma Lopez Gaspar De Alba

(Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies M136.) Examination of censorship in visual arts, particularly art of queer Chicana/Chicano and Latina/Latino artists such as Alma Lopez, Ester Hernández, and Alex Donis. Other censored artists include feminist artist Yolanda López, queer artists Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowicz, painter Christ Ofili, photographers Sally Mann and Andres Serrano, printmaker Enrique Chagoya, muralist Noni Olabisi, writer Salman Rushdie, and four performance artists — Karen Finley, Tim Miller, John Fleck, and Holly Hughes — whose work was vetoed by chair of National Endowment for Arts (NEA) in 1990 after they had successfully passed through NEA’s peer review process and who came to be known as NEA Four.


Chicana Lesbian Literature

Instructor: Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Exploration of intersection of radical First and Third World feminist politics, lesbian sexuality and its relationship to Chicana identity, representation of lesbianism in Chicana literature, meaning of “familia” in Chicana lesbian lives, and impact of Chicana lesbian theory on Chicana/Chicano studies.

LGBTQS/English/Gender Studies M126

Feminist and Queer Theory

Instructor: Brianna Brickely

Survey of discrete period of queer literature from beginning to circa 1850. Works by such writers as Sappho, Plato, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Thomas Gray may be included.

LGBTQS M126 same as English M126 and Gender Studies M126

Feminist and Queer Theory “Unhappy Queers” and “Feminist Killjoys”

Instructor: Briana Brickley

Investigating questions of “identity” that formations like gender and sexuality seem to beg, this class will employ feminist and queer theories not as lenses but rather critical tools focused on bodies and their desires, performances, and politics. Moving beyond the canonical texts of the field, we will use an intersectional approach that highlights queer of color critique, Third World feminism, and queer diaspora critique to examine topics from affect and the production of “unhappy queer” subjects and “feminist killjoys,” to homonormativity and state violence. Readings will include texts by Judith Butler, Gayl Salamon, Eve Sedgwick, José Muñoz, Jack Halberstam, Roderick Ferguson, Chandan Reddy, Lauren Berlant, Gayatri Gopinath, and Sarah Ahmed. In addition, works of literature and film may be interspersed throughout the quarter. Requirements include a midterm paper, final essay, weekly responses, and a presentation.


Femme in the Sheets, Femme in the Streets: Performing Aesthetics, Sex, Politics

Instructor: Rosanna Simons

Study of topics about queer subjectivities/theories/history from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies perspective. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.


Gay Latino Literature and HIV/AIDS

Instructor: Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Omar González, M.A.

This course is founded upon the works on two of the foundational theorists of Chicana lesbian feminism—Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga—as a method to contextualize the history of the movement against HIV/AIDS and the creative writings by queer Latino authors broaching the still-stigmatized subject, supported by peer-reviewed articles by queer Latino scholars.  Based on archival research , Anzaldúa was very concerned by the fate of her queer brethren, especially those afflicted by AIDS.  Moreover, Moraga’s landmark essay, “Queer Aztlán: Re-formation of Chicano Tribe,” references the epidemic and a hidden history—the heroic activism of queer womyn of color who cared for HIV+ gay men, often leading the struggle. The class focuses on the (few) creative writings by queer Latino men who write about HIV from a personal perspective (Gil Cuadros’ City of God), as literature (John Rechy’s The Coming of the Night), and from a scholarly viewpoint (Rafael M. Díaz’s Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior).  The objective of the course is to engage students in this critical vein of queer Latinx literature, as HIV seroconversion rates for queer PoC continue unabated.

 Omar González, M.A. Email:

LGBTQS 181 Lec 2

Hindi Cinema: A Queer Perspective

Instructor: Saundarya Thapa

The Hindi Cinema that comes out of the Bombay film industry in India is one of the largest cultural exports in the world. While critically these films are often looked at (and dismissed) on the level of spectacle, for many they are guides to learning and performing very specific gender identities. In queering the mainstream Hindi Cinema by looking at nine key film texts, this course will provide us with the theoretical tools to understand the ways in which sexual identity is mediated and constructed by popular culture. Our introduction will be structured around queer and feminist interpretive reading strategies that can be employed in film analysis. Such an interpretation will allow us to understand that film texts are not fixed in their meaning and that in fact, processes of interpretation and meaning are dependent on the location and expectation of the audience. Second, the class will focus on gender identity itself as fluid by examining how femininity and masculinity (indeed, even villainy) are taught and performed within these films. Going beyond representation, in week 7 and 8 we will look at Hindi Cinema itself as a queer object which can be read in its different stages as “in the closet” or as “coming out.” Finally, the course ends with the novel, Ode to Lata, and its filmic adaptation, The Ode. Its story that spans 3 continents is the perfect example of how films (here, in the form of the voice of the legendary Indian playback singer, Lata Mangeshkar) can have a very personal impact on us, transcending all borders, be that of race, nation, gender, or sexuality.


HIV/AIDS in Global Millenium


Interactive exploration of many histories and struggles related to HIV/AIDS and its intersections with LGBTQ people, women, people of color, and communities across world. Through discussions with local leaders, exploration of various perspectives in fight for justice and efforts to end this international epidemic.


Individual Studies In Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Studies

Instructor: Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Directed program of independent study or research on specific topic within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required.


Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Instructor: Morgan Woolsey, Ph.D.

Same as Gender Studies M114. Introduction to history, politics, culture, and scientific study of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered, and queer people; examination of sexuality and gender as categories for investigation; interdisciplinary theories and research on minority sexualities and genders.


LGBT Institutions and Organizations

Instructor: Michael Fleming

Preparation: one prior LGBTQ Studies course. Service-learning course that offers opportunity for students to work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related community organizations, to reflect on political and theoretical issues involved in such work and such organizations, and to draw ideas from various courses they have already taken and test them in settings outside UCLA.

***PTE required for enrollment. Please contact the LGBTQ Studies Student Affairs Officer for assistance***


LGBT Institutions and Organizations

Instructor: Michael Fleming

Service-learning course that offers opportunity for students to work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related community organizations, to reflect on political and theoretical issues involved in such work and such organizations, and to draw ideas from various courses they have already taken and test them in settings outside UCLA.

Education 147

LGBT Issues in Education & Law

Instructor: Stuart Beigel

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related controversies that arise in schools, colleges, and universities today and how they are being addressed by legal and education communities. In particular, examination of real-life consequences of current laws and exploration of what might be done to make things better for all persons.

***LGBTQ Studies minors must request PTE from the instructor***

LGBTQS/Mus. His. M137

LGBTQ Pop Music

Instructor: Mitchell Morris, Morgan Woolsey

Survey of English-language popular music in 20th century, with focus on lesbians, gay men, and members of other sexual minorities as creators, performers, and audience members.


Premodern Queer Literatures & Cultures

Instructor: Lowell Gallagher

Same as English M101A and Gender Studies M105A. Survey of discrete period of queer literature from beginning to circa 1850. Works by such writers as Sappho, Plato, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Thomas Gray may be included. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change.


Queer Arts in L.A.

Instructor: Alma Lopez

This course will introduce students to the wide gamut of queer arts in Los Angeles, including photography, painting, posters, films and performance art. There will be a special focus on queer Latina/o artists, AIDS art, and censorship. This class will explore queer Los Angeles by attending exhibitions or art studios of queer art/artists, film screenings of queer films, and/or a queer performance (TBA). In addition, students will learn the basic technology necessary to contribute to an on-going collaborative class website on Queer Arts in L.A. Employing the website-building technology will teach students to research, select, synthesize, and visually represent the information necessary to introduce a general public to the work and contributions of queer artists in Los Angeles. Some class sessions will be held in a computer classroom on campus and others will be held at various sites in Los Angeles.

LGBTQS 181 Lec 1

Queer Cuba: Post-Revolutionary Cultural Production

Instructor: Alli Carlisle

This course explores cultural production by queer Cuban authors and artists from throughout the 20th century—novels, short stories, poetry, film, visual art—in the context of select sociological, historical and anthropological perspectives on queer lives and communities in Cuba. We will explore these artistic works through an intersectional lens, considering how queerness interacts with race, gender, class, and the symbolic constructs of nationhood. We will pay special attention to the uses of queerness in portrayals of ideological conflict: when and how does queerness become an element of dissent, an ethic of resistance, a critique of normativity, a marketable quality—in what scenarios is queerness portrayed as uniquely Cuban or anti-Cuban? Across the variety of genres and styles, will examine themes like social and physical violence and oppression, passing, alienation, isolation, performativity, drag, coming-of-age and education, etc. We will think about what queerness means and how it functions in each text, and in the texts as a group, and the range of other issues that intersect with the way gender and sexuality are formed, felt and expressed. We will also explore the relationship between queerness and aesthetics in writing, including style, genre and experimentation.


Queer Cultures After Stonewall: Sexual Dissidence, Performance, and Community in the 1970s

Instructor: Mitchell Morris

This seminar will explore the role of music and performance in important movements of social resistance that have defined the political possibilities of queer communities during the 20th century; The emblematic Stonewall Rebellion, which helped propel the modern LGTBQS Rights movements in the US, is our point of departure. The class will read novels, screen films, listen to music, and reflect on the huge variety of ways that queer people have engaged in making culture, forging community, and resisting oppression. Our frameworks will consider the heroism of drag and butch-femme; the courage of lesbian separatists; the endurance of clones, disco queens, and bathhouse boys; and the cultures of expression and performance that engage them.


Queer Literatures & Cultures, 1850-1970

Instructor: Arthur Little

Same as English M101B and Gender Studies M105B. Survey of discrete period of queer literature and culture from circa 1850 to 1970. Works by such authors as Walt Whitman, Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams, Henry Blake Fuller, and James Baldwin may be included. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change.

LGBTQS M101B same as English M101B and Gender Studies M105B

Queer Lives in Early Queer Literature

Instructor: Arthur Little

A time of rage and ambivalence, of setbacks and triumphs, and of literary milestones and achievements—oh what a queer time it was!  From the elegiac to the tragic, from the tragic to the comic, this LGBTQ literature course, beginning with Walt Whitman and ending with Rita Mae Brown, surveys some of the most memorable LGBTQ texts—novels, poems, and plays—written between 1860 and about 1970 (just past the birthdate of the modern LGBTQ movement).   Our course pays particular attention to how this literature challenged efforts to silence queerness and LGBTQ bodies and subjectivities and render them invisible and how LGBTQ writers and a few non-LGBTQ ones worked tirelessly and often self-consciously to establish “a literature” (a literary tradition) in order to make manifest their lives.   This course serves as a literary and cultural introduction to the period under consideration as well as to some of the ideas that have come to shape our own contemporary queer sensibilities.


Selling Out: Money, Marketing, and LGBT Identity and Politics

Instructor: Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Bryan Wuest

Study of topics about queer subjectivities/theories/history from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies perspective. Examination of complex ways in which capitalism, economics, and marketing have helped shape LGBT identity and politics, both historically and contemporarily. Recent years have seen increasing economic inequality, advances in legal rights and social acceptability for LGBTs, and continuing privatization of political process. These trends make it vital to rethink assumptions and received knowledge about history and place of LGBT in U.S. culture, and ask what role capital has played–and will continue to play–in organization of sexual identity.


Studies in Gender and Sexuality

Instructor: GRIFFIN, C.R.

Examination of literary and cultural production through lens of gender and sexuality. Depending on instructor, emphasis may be historical, regional, national, comparative, or thematic and include other intersectional vectors of identity and representation such as race and ethnicity.


Topics in Gender & Sexuality

Instructor: Louise Hornby

Same as English M191E and Gender Studies M191E. Consult Schedule of Classes for author, period, genre, or subject to be studied in specific term. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change.


Topics in Queer Literatures & Cultures

Instructor: Eric Newman

Same as English M191D and Gender Studies M191D. Consult Schedule of Classes for author, period, genre, or subject to be studied in specific term. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change.


Varbiable Topics in Queer Subjectivities/Theories/History

Instructor: Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Alma Lopez

Taught by Alma Lopez, a well-known digital and video artist, and assisted by the Chair of the LGBT Studies program, this course will explore the construction of LGBTQIA subjectivities through film, specifically, the films screened during the annual OutFest Queer Film Festival that takes place in Los Angeles within the 6-week period of summer session A; this year, from July 7-17, 2016. We will read about queer cinema, attend film screenings at OutFest, blog about our experiences, and create a final original 3-minute video poem about how sexuality constructs our own subjectivity. As an option, the course will offer a service-learning component to those students who wish to volunteer for OutFest.

Past Courses

181 Variable Topic

  • Creating Queer Performance Art – Fall 2013 Monica Palacios
  • Gaytino! Performance and the Power of One – Spring 2014 Dan Guerrero
  • Invisible Bodies: Agency, Voice, and Erasure in the Records of Trans and Gender Variant Persons – Fall 2014 Laura Wynholds
  • To Live & Die in L.A.: Activism & Social Change in the City – Summer 2014 Raja Bhattar
  • Queer Noir – Winter 2015 Alicia Gaspar de Alba
  • Recovering Shadowed Lives – Spring 2015 Ernesto Chavez
  • Cyberqueer: Gender Sexuality and New Media – Spring 2015 Linzi Juliano
  • Queer Chicano Literature – Winter 2017 Omar Gonzalez

182 Variable Topic

  • LGBT Communities and Criminal Justice – Winter 2017 Jordan Woods

183 Variable Topic

  • Queer Arts in LA – Fall 2005, 2012 / Summer 2014 / Spring 2015 / 2017 Winter Alma Lopez
  • Queer Film and Media – Winter 2013 Jen Moorman
  • Queer/Trans of Color Genealogies – Winter 2013 Jason Lau
  • Transsexual Histories – Winter 2013/ Spring 2014 Des Harmon
  • Queer Noise-making: Visible and Aural Political Cultures and Practices – Fall 2013 Freda Fair
  • Heteronormative Colonialism – Fall 2014-2016 Doran George
  • LGBTQ Theater & Performance U.S 20th Cent-Pres – Winter 2015 Lisa Sloan
  • Queer Melancholia – Spring 2015 Jill Rogers
  • Coming out to the Movies: The L.A. Film Festival – Summer 2015 Alma Lopez
  • Queer Theater from Tennessee Williams to Fun Home – Winter 2017 Scott Barnhardt
  • Queer Poetry – Spring 2017 Louise Brown

184 Variable Topic

  • LGBT Families: Social Science Perspectives – Fall 2012 Justin Lavner
  • Gender, Sexuality and Sience – Spring 2013 / Winter 2014 Nathan Ha
  • Diversity in the Psych of LGBT – Spring 2013 Negin Ghavrni
  • The Sexual and Racial Politics of Popular Music from Bessie Smith to Riot Grrrl – Spring 2004 Alice Echols
  • Introduction to Trans Studies – Fall 2004 Talia Bettcher
  • Mental Health and Sexual Orientation – Fall 2004, 2006 Linda Garnets
  • LGBT Community Activism and Public Policy – Winter 2005 Torie Osborn
  • Queer Theater – Spring 2005 Brian Freeman
  • Topics in Asian American Sexuality: Comparative Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality – Spring 2005 Eric Wat
  • LGBT Institutions and Organizations- Spring 2005-2012 Michael Fleming

187 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

  • Translational Queer Studies – Winter 2013 Alvin Wong
  • Queer Asia –Winter 2014 Alvin Wong
  • Queer Hollywood – Fall 2005 Kristen Hatch
  • The Evolution of Sexuality and Gender – Winter 2005 Jeffrey Thomas
  • Intersexuality, Transsexuality, and the Emergence of “Gender” – Spring 2006 Noa Ben-Asher
  • International and Comparative Perspectives on Law and Sexuality – Winter 2007 Holning Lau
  • Race, Class, Ability, and Transgender Rights – Fall 2007 Dean Spade
  • Queer Cinema and Film Theory – Fall 2007-2008/ Spring 2011 Cheryl Dune
  • Queer of Color Critique: Queer Activism and Social Justice – Spring 2008 Fatima El -Tayeb
  • Sex in the Topics – Spring 2008 Frances Negron-Muntaner
  • Same Sex Relationships: Psychological Perspectives and Public Policy Issues – Winter 2009 Natalya Melsel
  • LGBT Law and Politics- Spring 2009 Doug NeJaime
  • Mythology and Community in 20th-Century Queer Literature – Spring 2009 Sam See
  • Public Intimacies: Queering Kinship, Law, and Culture – Winter 2010 Kathryn Oliviero
  • AIDS and Discourses of Art – Spring 2011 Aaron Gorelik
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Law: Tensions in Feminist and Queer Legal Theory – Winter 2012 Laura Foster
  • Transgender Voices: Global and Local Perspectives on Transgender History and Culture – Winter 2012 Muriel Vernon

197 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

  • Health Care Issues for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Patients – Fall 1998 Carol Hodgson
  • Hermaphrodites, Homosexuals, and Transsexuals: The Medical Manipulation of Sex – Winter 1999 Vernon Rosario
  • Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights – Spring 1999
  • Queer Documentary and Issues of Identity in 20th-Century American Literature and Film – Spring 1999 Cheryl Dune
  • The History of the Medical Treatment of Homosexuality – Winter 2000 Vernon Rosario
  • Queer African-American Art and Artists – Spring 2000 Cheryl Dune
  • Latina Lesbian History in the U.S. – Winter 2001 Yolanda Retter
  • Gay Science: The Medical History of Homosexuality – Winter 2001 Vernon Rosario
  • Cross Cultural Queers in Film – Winter 2002 Vivian Price
  • Creating Queer Performance Art – Spring 2001 / Winter 2002 Monica Palacios
  • An Intensive Introduction to Transgender Studies – Spring 2002 C. Jacob Hale
  • LGBTS Film: Queer Looks – Winter 2003 Kristen Hatch
  • Substance Abuse in LGBT Populations – Spring 2003 Emilia Lombardi
  • Global HIV/AIDS and Art – Fall 2003 David Gere and Robert Sember
  • Sexual Orientation and Mental Health – Fall 2003 Barrie Levy
  • Race, Class, and Community Formation – Winter 2004 Eric Wat

M197D Special Topics in Lesbian and Gay Literature

  • The Importance of Being Modern: Lesbian and Gay Self-Invention from Wilde to Stein – Fall 1997/ Spring 1999 Janet Sarbanes
  • African-American Lesbian and Gay Literature – Spring 1998 Arthur Little
  • Religion and LGBT Literature – Fall 2002 Norman Jones
  • Sodom in Legend, Literature, and Theory – Winter 2003 Lowell Gallaher

M191E Topics in Gender and Sexuality

  • Modernism, Gender, and Sexuality – Fall 2011 Louise Hornby
  • LGBTQ Spectatorship – Benjamin Sher
  • Psychology of Multiple Social Identities in Contemporary U.S. – Spring 2012 Negin Ghavami