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Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

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Designed for an introductory course, this textbook takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of LGBTQ+ issues that helps students grasp core concepts through a variety of different perspectives.

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of topics, including history, culture, and Queer Theory; an exploration of LGBTQ+ relationships, families, parenting, health, and education; and how to conduct research on LGBTQ+ topics. The book explores LGBTQ+ issues from the ancient world to contemporary global perspectives.

Employing an intersectional analysis, the textbook highlights how sexuality and gender are simultaneously experienced and constructed through other structures of inequality and privilege, such as race and class. The text supports multiple learning styles by integrating visual elements, multimedia resources, discussion and project prompts, and resources for further research throughout the textbook.

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Deborah P. Amory

Part I: Theoretical Foundations

Chapter 1:Thirty Years of Queer Theory

Jennifer Miller

Part II: Global Histories

Chapter 2: Global Sexualities

Joseph Russo

Chapter 3: Queer New World

James Aimers

Part III: U.S. Histories

Chapter 4: U.S. LGBTQ+ History

Clark A. Pomerleau

Chapter 5: LGBTQ+ Legal History

Dara J. Silberstein

Part IV: Prejudice and Health

Chapter 6: Prejudice and Discrimination against LGBTQ+ People

Sean G. Massey; Sarah R. Young; and Ann Merriwether

Chapter 7: LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness

Thomas Lawrence Long; Christine Rodriguez; Marianne Snyder; and Ryan J. Watson

Part V: Relationships, Families, and Youth

Chapter 8: LGBTQ+ Relationships and Families

Sarah R. Young and Sean G. Massey

Chapter 9: Education and LGBTQ+ Youth

Kimberly Fuller

Part VI: Culture

Chapter 10: Screening LGBTQ+

Chapter 11: LGBTQ+ Literature

Jennifer Miller; Maddison Lauren Simmons; Robert Bittner; Mycroft M. Roske; Cathy Corder; and Olivia Wood

Part VII: Research

Chapter 12: A Practical Guide for LGBTQ+ Studies

Rachel Wexelbaum and Gesina A. Phillips



Deborah P. Amory

Deborah P. Amory is professor of social science at SUNY Empire State College. She holds a PhD from Stanford University in anthropology, and a BA from Yale University in African studies. Her early work focused on same-sex relations on the Swahili-speaking coast of East Africa and on lesbian identity in the United States. She has served in academic administration and has been energized by the open education movement, especially in relation to developing online open educational resource courses and textbooks, including Introduction to Anthropology, Sex and Gender in Global Perspective, and Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies.

Sean G. Massey

Sean G. Massey is associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Binghamton University and coinvestigator with the Binghamton University Human Sexualities Lab. He received his PhD in social personality psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research focuses on the study of sexuality, gender, anti-homosexual prejudice, attitudes toward same-sex parenting, racial bias in educational and law enforcement contexts, and the relationship between social science and social change.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller earned a PhD in cultural studies from George Mason University and an MA in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She is an English lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington. She researches LGBTQ+ children’s literature and culture, digital culture, and sexual subcultures. Her books include The Transformative Potential of LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books (2022) and The Dialectic of Digital Culture (2019), which she coedited with David Arditi. Her scholarship appears in the Journal of Homosexuality, the European Journal of American Studies, Fast Capitalism, and other journals and edited collections.

Allison P. Brown

Allison P. Brown is digital publishing services manager at SUNY Geneseo’s Fraser Hall Library. She oversees the library’s publishing program, which includes supporting student journals such as Gandy Dancer and the Proceedings of GREAT Day, and manages the editorial and production processes of the Geneseo Authors and Milne Open Textbooks imprints. She provides education and guidance to the Geneseo community in digital publishing, open access, open educational resources, and copyright. She studied for her MFA in poetry at Emerson College, where she also became interested in design and digital publishing.