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Queer History of the United States. Instructor: Sara Smith History Department. Defining Queer. What does the word “queer” mean? What does it mean in the context of studying U.S. history?. LGBTQI: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex.

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    1. Queer History of the United States Instructor: Sara Smith History Department

    2. Defining Queer • What does the word “queer” mean? • What does it mean in the context of studying U.S. history? LGBTQI: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex Queer: anti-assimilationist, radical set of politics, complicates the meaning of gender and sexuality.

    3. Visual Representation Queer Video: NY MTA’s “if you see something, say something” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74O8Ils5yA8&feature=watch_response “If you see something, say something” video by Taylor Mack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ccxVZXRZS8&feature=feedf_more Question: Why is this a specifically queer performance? Would you define the image below as queer? Queer Image?

    4. Language Homosexual transgender Gay queer Sapphist Dyke Urning Sissy Deviant Unmentionable vice faggot Invert sodomite

    5. Emergent Gay/Queer History Martin Duberman Jonathan Ned Katz John D’Emilio Caroll Smith-Rosenberg Allan Berube

    6. Suggestion: Reading Notes • One or two paragraphs per reading. What’s the main argument? What themes are covered? Any details stick out as particularly interesting, confusing, or troubling? What was the author’s perspective? Did the author leave anything important out? • Write a couple of thoughts down and bring your notes into class.