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CLS 72 W — Queerness in Context: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in the US Today

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 24—Jun 2
Refund Deadline: Apr 27
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $420
Instructor(s): Hannah Yanow
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Apr 24—Jun 2
6 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 27
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Hannah Yanow
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
When you see the LGBTQIA2+ abbreviation, do you feel at all overwhelmed by the way it seems to keep growing or uncertain about what it all means? Do you wonder why you keep hearing the word "queer" when it used to be considered a derogatory term? Are you confused as to why people are introducing themselves with their gender pronouns? If you’ve answered yes to any of these, you’re not alone. This course will provide a safe and inclusive space in which to engage in conversation around the full breadth of gender and sexual identities, while giving students the opportunity to reflect on their own conceptualization of the queer community.

We will begin by discussing the difference between sexual identity versus gender pronouns. Our conversation will cover not just how but also why the LGBTQIA2+ abbreviation continues to develop over time. We will look at the historical significance of the queer community and what it means to identify with it in the United States today. From a practical standpoint, we will explore how to support loved ones and acquaintances through gender affirmation transitions, changing pronouns, and coming out/letting in. By the end of this course, students will have expanded their vocabulary and toolkit to better understand and support the LGBTQIA2+ community and possess new resources to continue on their learning journey. This course welcomes people who identify as LGBTQIA2+ as well as people interested in learning about the community and how to be an ally.

Queer Scholar; Facilitator; Adjunct Faculty, Menlo College; Independent Contractor

Hannah Yanow is an adjunct faculty of psychology of human sexuality at Menlo College, a consultant for the Global Center for Gender Equity, a contractor with the Stanford VMware Womens Leadership Innovation Lab, a WIM facilitator for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the program director for A.C.T. Now Coaching. Yanow received an EdD from University of San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.