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    Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

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    Deborah P. Amory, SUNY Empire State College

    Sean G. Massey, Binghamton University

    Jennifer Miller, University of Texas at Arlington

    Allison P. Brown, SUNY Geneseo

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    Last Update: 2023

    ISBN 13: 9781438491707

    Publisher: State University of New York Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Travers Scott, Associate Professor, Emory and Henry College on 7/19/23

    While complete comprehensiveness is near impossible for a single book, this text avoids many of the more glaring absences that have occurred in previous works. An overview of thirty years of queer theory opens the book as its foundation. This... read more

    Reviewed by Brooke Friley, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on 11/7/22

    This is an incredibly comprehensive text. In my experience with textbooks covering LGBTQ+ topics, I don’t recall seeing another book that covers as wide a range of relevant topics as this one does. Additionally, the global perspective presented in... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
    • Theoretical Foundations
    • Global Histories
    • U.S. Histories
    • Prejudice and Health
    • Relationships, Families, and Youth
    • Culture
    • Research
    • Contributors
    • Glossary
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    About the Book

    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.

    About the Contributors


    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 AnthropologySex and Gender in Global Perspective, and Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies.

    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 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 StudiesFast Capitalism, and other journals and edited collections.

    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.

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