Queer studies

academic discipline

Queer studies, sexual diversity studies or LGBT studies is the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity usually focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender dysphoria, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex people and cultures.


  • Any U. S. politics, no matter how coalitional its compass, that identifies itself in terms of sexual orientation only (e.g., queer nation or lesbian and gay studies for example) will be a white-centered and dominated politics, since only white people in this society can afford to see their race as unmarked, as an irrelevant category of analysis.
    • Keith Clark, "Are we Family? Pedagogy and the Race for Queerness," in Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (Duke University Press: 2005), p. 269

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