Current Courses

  • For information about specific section times and locations, please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.
  • For a complete listing of LGBTQ Studies courses, please visit the UCLA General Catalog.

Fall 2018


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:


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.

Winter 2019


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.

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***


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.

Spring 2019


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.


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.


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***


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.


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.