Using Film to Interrogate the Politics, Power, and HerStories of LGBTQ Social Movements

Mark Schuster (American Studies; Dean for Graduate Student Life)

Only recently have Americans begun to accept LGBTQ communities as an acceptable way of loving, living, and expressing. This seminar uses film portrayal of sexually diverse communities as a critical lens of the personal and political power over human beings. Through film, the class will discuss cultural realities and perceptions, and what has changed in the American landscape for communities and persons, friends and families that identify as LGBTQI. We will review a social-movement that has transformed from “invisible” and “closeted” to more public, authentic, and fluid identities, especially focusing on the emergence of bisexual and transgender identities. Finally, the seminar will reflect on how views expressed in films, cultures, and societies have changed over the decades.