LGBT Issues in Public Policy

UPADM-GP.228, 4 points.


LGBT people experience inequality and exclusion in a wide range of state and federal policy arenas. However, public policies and attitudes are changing, as we saw recently with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the extension of marriage equality in New York and Maryland, and President Obama’s stated support for same-sex marriage. This course examines the history of urban LGBT communities in the U.S. since the 1920s, and the pro- and anti-gay political forces that emerged in the late 1940s; the current debate over marriage, parenting, and family recognition; demographics of LGBT community, including race and gender differences among same-sex couples, and the particular experiences of LGBT people of color; the major policy issues affecting LGBT people, including elder, youth and health policy; how LGBT policy controversies play out in U.S. electoral politics and public opinion; and the status of LGBT people and homosexually active people around the world and in global policy and funding bodies.



Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2010Sean CahillSyllabus
Fall 2011Sean CahillSyllabus
Fall 2012Sean CahillSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2011Cahill, SusanEvaluation
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