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Queer Studies


The Queer Studies Program grieves the tragic loss of five lives in the mass shooting at Club Q, the LGBTQIA+ nightclub in Colorado Springs on November 20, 2022. We stand in solidarity with the survivors, and we send our condolences to all who lost a loved one that night. We also express outrage at the lives brutally taken from LGBTQIA+ people in what should have been a safe space, and we offer empathy for all who were injured in the attack and are still in recovery. We not only feel for you; we feel with you.

The fact that this hate crime took place on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual day to honor the memory of trans people killed in the past year, only amplifies the trauma experienced all too often by trans and nonbinary people within our community.

We see this anti-LGBTQIA+ attack, much like the one at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, as an outgrowth of the homophobia and transphobia found in the pervasive hate speech perpetuated by many on the political far right, as well as in the distorted media images of our community in far right media. We condemn the 300+ anti-LGBTQIA bills currently proposed in state legislatures across the country, we condemn the banning of books with LGBTQIA themes, and we condemn all other acts of symbolic violence that foster discrimination. We oppose Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which would prohibit university faculty from discussing racism, homophobia & transphobia in the classroom. And we call on the US Senate to pass not only the Respect for Marriage Act, to provide protections for LGBTQIA+ married couples, but also the Equality Act, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, finances and housing. We believe it is imperative to connect these dots, to speak out against homophobic and transphobic policies, and to counter hate speech at every turn.

Queer Studies is dedicated to educating students to help create a world where all in our community may live their lives free of fear and hatred, a world which values the diversities of cultures, ethnicities, perspectives, and literatures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, nonbinary, and queer people and communities, including queer people of color. In the Queer Studies Program, we stand as one in unity at this time of grief and outrage. We believe love is love, and we believe love wins.



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The Queer Studies (QS) Program at CSUN is a vibrant and growing minor launched in 2008. Housed in the College of Humanities, QS is an interdisciplinary minor that questions normative constructions of sexuality and gender. It is a flexible program that allows students to double count courses in GE as well as with their major. Students take 3 core courses, and 3 elective courses to complete the minor, which prepares them to work with LGBTQIA+ communities and issues.

The Queer Studies minor focuses on histories, contemporary experiences, and community-based knowledges of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, intersexed people, queers, and others who occupy non-heterosexist and non-normative gender positionalities.

The program explores how heterosexism, heteronormativity and transphobia intersect and collide with national, ethnic, racial, class and other identifications, fostering a community of learners who grapple with issues of diversity, gender, sexuality and social justice.

QS at CSUN provides an academic home for those who wish to study the intellectual, cultural and material conditions that have shaped our current understandings of sexuality and gender variation as well as for those who wish to generate new, resistant theories and practices. The program offers an undergraduate minor, sponsors courses, organizes lecture series, and brings together interested students, faculty, and larger Los Angeles communities.

QS Capstone Projects 2021

During the Spring 2021 semester, students graduating from California State University, Northridge with a minor in Queer Studies were tasked with completing a research project for their Senior Capstone, and were asked to convey the findings of that capstone project to the public in a podcast. Their podcasts are presented here in this digital exhibit, and cover a wide variety of topics that represent the multifaceted issues investigated within the interdisciplinary field of queer studies. Podcasts can be a research genre, and with the guidance of Professor Heidi Schumacher, students selected their own topics, conducted research using varied research methods (including textual analysis, interviews, autoethnography, and testimonio), and produced their own episodes by writing, recording, and editing their material. CSUN’s Queer Studies Program aims to support students as they contribute to scholarship and/or creative production and innovation in the interdisciplinary field of queer studies. We invite you to explore the scholarship and creative production of these outstanding graduates in their podcast episodes. VIEW AND LISTEN TO THE CAPSTONE PROJECTS