Monday, January 04, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES -- Founded in 1971, the Women and Gender Studies Department at San Francisco State University has been offering courses in LGBT studies for more than four decades. Our students take courses on queer and trans theory, literature, culture and communities, and study the history of gender and sexual identities in the context of race, community, citizenship, labor and globalization. Our students engage in challenging academics, work closely with professors in small classes and lead community initiatives. Often senior internship projects take students into queer community spaces in the Bay Area, from LGBT Youth Space in San Jose and the SFAIDS Foundation to activist groups such as Gay Shame. Grad students conduct independent research for their theses, many of which bring to light important aspects of queer culture, history and activism. Recent projects include topics such as butch resilience, bisexuality in “The Good Wife” and “pinkwashing” in Israel/Palestine.