American Trans History (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

We will be exploring queer/trans histories, stories, voices and experiences in the U.S.  Often queer history, movements and people are pushed to the side or completely erased from history. Well, not in this class! These voices and stories will be front and center and oh so celebrated as we learn about them! Much attention will be given to issues of race, class, different cultures, oppression and resistance.

We will be reading, Transgender History by Susan Stryker. This book covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today. “Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990—the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s.

Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.”

There will be a mix of lecture, discussion, documentaries and maybe a field trip.
High school only unless you are an 8th grader and feel up to the challenge and come to discuss with me.

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