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Sexual Diversity Studies Information

Updated/Revised Date: 17th Jul 2022
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Synopsis: Information relating to Sexual Diversity Studies, also known as Queer studies, or LGBT studies, the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Sexual Diversity Studies

Sexual Diversity Studies, also known as Queer studies, or LGBT studies, is the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, usually focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people and cultures. (The acronym is often written LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQI, GBLT, etc.) Originally centered on LGBT history and literary theory, the field has expanded to include the academic study of issues raised in archaeology, sociology, psychiatry, anthropology, the history of science, philosophy, psychology, sexology, political science, ethics, and other fields by an examination of the identity, lives, history, and perception of queer people.

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Sexual Diversity Studies, however, is not the same as queer theory, an analytical viewpoint within queer studies (centered on literary studies and philosophy) that challenges the putatively "socially constructed" categories of sexual identity.

Originally centered on LGBT history and literary theory, the field has expanded to include the academic study of issues raised in biology, sociology, anthropology, the history of science, philosophy, psychology, sexology, political science, ethics, and other fields by an examination of the identity, lives, history, and perception of queer people. Among these questions are how we frame and categorize sexual differences, why we fear some and celebrate others, and how medical, religious, and political authorities respond to them. What is the nature of sexual identity and orientation? Why is sexuality labeled lesbian, heterosexual, perverse, normal, gay, or queer? How do cultures at different times and places divide the sexual from the non-sexual?

The first undergraduate course in the United States on LGBTQ studies was taught at the University of California, Berkeley, in the spring of 1970. Similar courses followed in the fall of 1970 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL). The UNL course, taught by Louis Crompton, led to the introduction in the state legislature of a bill (eventually defeated) that would have banned all discussion of homosexuality in that state's universities and colleges.

Today, there are over 40 certificate and degree-granting programs with at least five institutions in the United States offering an undergraduate major; a growing number of similar courses are offered in countries other than the United States.

Marianne LaFrance, the former chair of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University, says, "Now we're asking not just What causes homosexuality? But also, what causes heterosexuality? And why is sexuality so central in some people's perspective?"

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the official publication of APA Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues), is a scholarly journal dedicated to the dissemination of information in the field of sexual orientation and gender diversity. It is a primary outlet for research, particularly as it impacts practice, education, public policy, and social action.

The journal is intended to be a forum for scholarly dialogue that explores the multifaceted aspects of sexual orientation and gender diversity. Its focus is on empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative), theoretical and conceptual articles, in-depth research and literature reviews, clinical case studies, book reviews, and letters to the editor.

Many issues include a major article or set of articles on a specific theme of importance to theory, research, and/or practice in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender diversity. In addition, articles address professional issues, methodological and theoretical issues, and comments on previous publications in the journal as well as such topics that advance the psychological knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families, couples and marriage, health and health care, aging, work, and careers.

The journal includes all areas of psychological research, especially developmental, social, clinical, community, counseling, family, gender roles and gender nonconformity, lifespan and aging, cultural diversity including race and ethnicity, and international issues.

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Challenging Gender Roles in Prehistoric Times thumbnail image.
Research finds that women were hunters too and found little evidence to support the idea that roles were assigned specifically to each sex.
Publish Date: 21st Oct 2023
Gender Diverse Teams Produce Higher Impact and Novel Scientific Discoveries thumbnail image.
Our findings reveal potentially new gender and teamwork synergies that correlate with scientific discoveries and inform diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Publish Date: 30th Aug 2022
Mental Health of Black and Latinx LGBQ People Worsened After the 2016 Presidential Election thumbnail image.
A new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law finds that the mental health of Black and Latinx LGBQ people declined in the 17 months following the 2016 presidential election of Donald J. Trump.
Publish Date: 26th Aug 2021 - Updated: 17th May 2022
Gay And Trans Panic Defenses Continue To Be Used In Court Cases thumbnail image.
Cases often involve robbery or a pre-existing relationship between the victim and defendant.
Publish Date: 21st Apr 2021
Nearly One-Quarter of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women are Parents thumbnail image.
New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law examines the demographic and mental health differences among cisgender lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) women with and without children. .
Publish Date: 9th Mar 2021


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