Category: Announcements

Help Us Build The Future of the LGBTQ Studies Minor

Help Us Build The Future of the LGBTQ Studies Minor

We’re looking to interview YOU! Check out our flyer for more information!


An Introduction to Intersectionality

An Introduction to Intersectionality

Please join us for the first of what we hope will be the LGBTQ Studies Workshop Series. Our inaugural workshop will be focused on queer terminology and how this is integral to creating a truly inclusive LGBTQ community.

Juntos Construyendo’s Healthy Identities Leadership Institute

Healthy Identities Leadership Institute

Program Overview

In the last five years, a positive movement towards achieving equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has taken place at a local, regional, and national level. From the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the passing of marriage equality in several states, including New York is what the community may call progress! However, many of the realities of young gay and bisexual men remain the same. Homophobia, HIV, stigma, lack of support, depression, and substance abuse are some of these unchanged realities.

The Healthy Identities Leadership Institute is a Juntos Construyendo community mobilization initiative that aims to foster healthy identities through the empowerment of Latino Gay men throughout New York State. The 4 month program was developed to reflect the realities that potentially serve as barriers for the Latino Gay community throughout the different regions of New York State (NYS); and as such to have program participants address these barriers through the mediums of film and photography (who are community members themselves).

There are two components to the leadership institute: a skills building component and the project initiative component. The skills building component consists of face-to-face trainings, webinars, and
online tutorials which are intended to raise awareness and increase knowledge among participants on issues such as Homophobia, Stigma, the coming out process, Identity (Latino, Gay etc.), and Health. In
addition, participants will critically analyze how these factors play a role in the development of a Healthy Identity among Latino Gay men. During the program’s initiative component, participants will create a project addressing a barrier facing the Latino gay men in their respective region through film or photography.

The program is open to self-identified Latino Gay or bisexual men residing anywhere in New York State. Each participant will be paired with a Juntos Construyendo network member, who will serve as the participant’s mentor throughout the program. The mentorship pairing will be done according to region and shared experiences of the mentors and participants. (For mentor responsibilities please see the mentor responsibilities description below)

Target Population:

Healthy Identities Leadership Institute is targeting NYS Latino Gay Men through media to foster healthy identities and empowerment within the Latino Gay Community through photography and film.

Eligibility criteria:

Those with a commitment to the Latino Gay community are encouraged to apply for the Healthy
Identities program. The program is open to anyone who:

  • Self-identifies as a Latino Gay or Bisexual cis-man.
  • Is between 18 and 29 years of age.
  • Resides anywhere in New York State.
  • Desires to be part of the Leadership Institute and displays a commitment to the Latino Gay community.
  • Has access to a computer and internet to fulfill the online skills building components.
  • Applicants must also have the ability to:
  • Effectively communicate both written and verbally.
  • Self-motivate and feel comfortable working independently as well as in groups.

Program Participant:

Those chosen to participate in the program can expect to attend three face-to-face meetings, along with a series of online webinars and how-to tutorials. Participants will also undertake a community mobilization
project to address and bring about change on a particular issue which represents a barrier in achieving a healthy Latino Gay Identity. This project will be created using either traditional or new media, including
film, photography, social marketing campaigns, etc. Participants will be given complete autonomy in choosing the type of media and message they wish to convey for their community mobilization project.

Participant Requirements:

  • Committed to attending 3 face-to-face meetings over the program cycle
  1. The Welcome meeting – May 4th in NYC
  2. Healthy Identities midpoint meeting
  3. The unveiling event for the Healthy Identities Project
  • Access to a computer to fulfill the webinar and tutorials aspect of the skills building component
  • IMPORTANT: For those applicants outside of New York City, the institute includes 3 face‐to‐face meetings thus requiring travel time for those who are outside of the NYC. We anticipate the first face to face for Saturday, May 4th, 2013 in New York City. Will you be able to travel if selected as a participant in the Healthy Identities Leadership Institute?Upon completing the Healthy Identities program, participants will:
  • Have an increased knowledge of the realities faced by Latino Gay Men.
  • Maintain a leadership role within the community through the sustainability of their projects.
  • Be able to identify measurable results within the community.
  • Use the content of their community mobilization project to empower members.

Program Mentors:

Mentors for the Healthy Identities program will be chosen from existing members of the Juntos Construyendo network. Mentors will be paired with applicants according to region, shared experience and program goals. In serving as a mentor, individuals will be expected to support Healthy Identities participants by serving as a resource of expertise.

Mentor Requirements:

Mentor’s main role is to be a source of expertise around the realities of Latino Gay Men for program participants. Mentors do not need to be Latino themselves, but have experience in working with the Latino Gay Male population.

This role may include:

  • Serving as a source of information that will provide the participant with context for their social marketing initiative
  • The participant shadowing the mentor through at least 1 workday to gain a better understanding of the realities that Latino Gay Men in the area face on a daily basis
  • A meeting where the mentor and participant exchange experiences about the realities of Latino Gay Men that would be beneficial in the creation of their media projects
  • Collaboration on the project initiative component of the Healthy Identities program is not required, but is also a possibility.

In participating as a mentor, full scholarship for Reunion Latina 2013 will be provided

Upon completion of the program, mentors will:

  • Enhance their leadership competencies.
  • Improve management skills.
  • Share in the design and implementation of short-term project goals.

Application Process:

A completed application.

Applicants will be required to submit a 250 – 500 word essay as to why they would like to participate in the Institute. The essay should include prior experience they have had with working with this population, be it personal or professional, and how that would serve as an asset in the participation of the program. Applicants should also include what, in their opinion, constitutes a healthy identity and what is essential in its formation. Please keep in mind that this is subjective and were are looking for different perspective based on one’s reality. Furthermore, and most importantly, we are looking for one’s ability to think critically and independently. The letter of recommendation should be between 250-500 words from someone who has worked alongside the applicant in a professional or academic setting. In the letter of recommendation we ask that it be specified why the applicant would be a good fit for the program, their professional and/or academic experience with the applicant, and what qualities would make the participant an asset to the program, as well as a leader in the community.

If you have any inquiries about the program and/or application process please feel free to contact:

Héctor L. Torres III
212-675-3288 ext. 348



Brooklyn College LGBTQ Studies Month


April is Brooklyn College’s LGBTQ Month! Check out our FINAL UPDATED list of scheduled events! The events started this past week and continue up until our first workshop on April 30th! Please note that the Introduction to Intersectionality Workshop is now being held 1141 Ingersoll! Make sure you mark your calenders!

Trans Politics: Scholarship and Strategies for Social Change

Trans Politics: Scholarship and Strategies for Social Change

Check out the Rutgers University’s Institute for Research on Women Spring Colloquium! The theme is Trans Politics: Scholarship and Strategies for Social Change. The confirmed keynotes are Dean Spade (Seattle University), Pauline Park (New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy), Sue Rankin (Rankin & Co.Consulting), and Genny Beemyn (University of Massachusetts-Amherst). The colloquium will be held on Thursday & Friday, April 18-19. It is free and open to the public. For more information on the events and speakers, click the link!

Call For LGBTQ Artists in the NYC Area

Calling all LGBTQ artists in the New York City metropolitan area! Would you like the chance to showcase your work in a one week group art show at a prestigious gallery space in Manhattan during Pride Week 2013? Duh. Well you’re in luck because Rachel Wilkins wants you and your art!

Go here for more information.

LGBTQ Minor Courses

Below, you’ll find a list of the course descriptions for all those courses currently offered that count towards the minor!

WMST 2100 Fundamental Concepts in LGBTQ Studies
3 hours; 3 credits 

Concepts, theories, and texts central to the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experience: definitions of sex, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation; queer theory; intersections of sexuality, race, gender, ethnicity, (dis)ability, and class; study of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) politics, communities, identities, and new social movements; representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture, religion, arts, literature, and visual culture; examination of different disciplinary and methodological approaches. 

Prerequisite: Core Curriculum 1230 [2.3] or Women’s Studies 1001 [12] or permission of the coordinator. 

WMST 3213 Anthropology of Language, Sex, and Gender
3 hours; 3 credits 

Language, as a human universal, is uniquely available for defining, maintaining, and enacting the cultural categories of gender and sexual orientation. This course offers a cross-cultural perspective on the relationships between language and gender, which helps us understand both how we use language in gender-specific ways and how gender is enacted through language practices. This course is the same as Anthropology 3310 [19.5]. 

Prerequisite: Anthropology *1001 [1] or Women Studies 1001 [12]. 

WMST 3405 Women’s Sexualities
3 hours; 3 credits

Interdisciplinary study of women’s sexualities, women’s lives and strategies of lesbian survival, bisexual and transgendered people’s survival, primarily in male dominated societies. Struggle for lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered self-expression in historical and cultural context. Past and present views of women’s sexualities. Interrelationship of feminist, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered movements. Materials drawn from history, psychology, sociology, literature, and the arts. 

Prerequisite: Women’s Studies 1001 [12] or permission of the program coordinator. 

WMST 3354 Politics and Sexuality
3 hours; 3 credits 

Examination of the theory and practice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender politics in the US including: the many ways the state regulates sexuality and gender through law and policy; the emergence of modern civil rights movements of sexual minorities, and brings in several theoretical approaches including queer theory, Black queer studies, and transgender studies. This course is the same as Political Science 3442 [78.5]. 

Prerequisite: Women’s Studies 1001 [12] or permission of the program coordinator. 

WMST 3330 Queer Politics in Modern America
3 hours; 3 credits 

Concepts and theories of the political, social, and cultural construction of sexuality. Investigation of the intersection of gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and class as forms of power and identification in America. Diverse social movements that have been built around issues of sexualities in the 20th and 21st centuries. This course is the same as Political Science 3155 [35]. 

Prerequisite or core-requisite: Core Curriculum 1230 [2.3] or Women’s Studies 12 or English 1010 [1] or English *1012 [2] or permission of the coordinator.

WMST 3353 The Politics of Masculinities
3 hours; 3 credits 

Concepts and theories of the political, social, and cultural construction of masculinity/masculinities and femininity/femininities. The investigation of the intersection of gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and class as forms of power and identification in the lives of American men. Exploration of the variations in men’s experiences across racial/ethnic, class, and sexual lines. This course is the same as Political Science 3153 [34]. 

Prerequisite or core-requisite: Core Curriculum 1230 [2.3] or Women’s Studies 1001 [12] or English 1010 [1] or English *1012 [2] or permission of the coordinator. 

WMST 3238 History of Sexuality in the Americas
3 hours; 3 credits 

Sexuality in practice and thought in North and South America since colonial times. Surveys continuities, commonalities and differences from cultural, geographic and temporal perspectives, looking at the effects of major social movements including nationalism, industrialization and globalization. Uses secondary sources and a wide variety of primary sources from Inquisition documents to Flapper films. Students explore the topic both through theory and careful historical contextualization. This course is the same as History 3328 [30.31]. 

Prerequisite: Core Curriculum 1230 [2.3] or Women’s Studies 1001 [12] or permission of the coordinator. 

WMST 3436 Global Perspectives on LGBTIQ Sexualities
3 hours; 3 credits 

Global perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) sexualities and genders; study of the LGBTIQ global movement for human rights; consideration of global sexualities and genders in relation to the Western sex/gender system; changing theoretical frameworks in the investigation of global LGBTIQ sexualities and genders. 

Prerequisite: Core Curriculum 1230 [2.3] or Women’s Studies 1001 [12] or permission of the coordinator. 

WMST 4404 Community Internship in LGBTQ Institutions
6 conferences and independent work; 3 credits 

In-depth experience in a working/learning supervised internship in an approved lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) community organization or organization with an LGBTQ or sexual rights project; conferences with instructor; report or term project; students are encouraged to meet with instructor one term prior to registration to discuss and arrange placement. 

Prerequisite: Women’s Studies 1001 [12] or permission of the program coordinator. 

CLAS 4032 Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome
3 classroom hours plus conference and independent research; 4 credits 

An exploration into the ways in which individual sexual experience was categorized and evaluated by society in the ancient world, with special attention to questions of gender role, sexual orientation, and the intersection of the personal and the political. Evidence from such literary and nonliterary sources as lyric poetry, epigram, drama, oratory, history, philosophy, epigraphy, and the visual arts. Emphasis on research methodologies. (Not open to students who have completed Classics [14] or [62.3].) 

Prerequisite: English 1012 [2] and at least sophomore standing; or permission of the chairperson. 

ENGL 4110 Queer Literary Studies
3 hours; 3 credits 

Introduction to the theory and practice of queer literary studies. Focused examination of relevant literary texts from one or more historical and/or national tradition, as well as other genres and media. 

Prerequisite: English 1012 [2] or 2.7; one advanced English elective, or permission of the chairperson. 

HNSC #2181 Human Sexuality
3 hours; 3 credits 

Development of awareness and understanding of one’s sexuality. Differences in sexual expression. Relationship between sexuality and health. Effect of sterility, infertility, contraception, and abortion on the individual and on sexual responsibility. 

Prerequisite: Health and Nutrition Sciences 1100 [6.1]. 

WMST 4401 Interdisciplinary Project
Minimum of 9 hours conference and independent work; 3 credits 

Independent or group project approved by a faculty committee. The project must involve more than one department in the college. Achievement evaluated by the participating faculty. Students may repeat the course once, but may not repeat topics. 

Prerequisite: junior or senior standing; and Women’s Studies 1001 [12]; and three electives from those listed under program requirements; and permission of the program coordinator and at least one sponsoring faculty member. 

WMST 4410W Senior Seminar
3 hours; 3 credits 

Required advanced seminar to study interdisciplinary theory and methodology applied to a selected theme. Colloquia and research and/or fieldwork. Senior thesis written individually or collectively. A student completing the course with distinction is recommended for honors. (Not open to students who have completed Humanities 83.1 or Social Science Interdisciplinary Studies 83.1.) Writing intensive course. 

Prerequisites: English *1012 [2]; and Women’s Studies 1001 [12]; and at least two courses in Women’s Studies approved by the program coordinator.