This is a five-page paper. In each paper, you are asked to research and write ab
This is a five-page paper. In each paper, you are asked to research and write about an LGBTQ social activist effort. You can write about a contemporary effort or one that’s historical and took place in the past. Note: One of these papers must focus on a movement, organization or activist effort outside the United States. It doesn’t matter whether you choose this focus for your first or second paper. Just make sure that one of your papers, focuses on an activist issue or effort outside the US. Helpful hint: When you read course materials, pay attention to the kinds of issues that LGBTQI activists rally around because it will give you an idea of some key issues and organizations that you explore in your papers. Also, pay attention to the points of conflict in LGBTQI activism that scholars identify, because they help you understand the ideological underpinnings (i.e., political beliefs and values) of activist movements and how their agendas and strategies reflect their ideologies. Consider covering the following areas in your paper: Origins: When and where did the activist effort or movement begin? (E.g., In a large city? The rural countryside? Coastal regions? As you’ve come to understand in the readings, demographics and geographic have played an important role in the migration patterns of LGBTQ people. So it’s important to describe the context of a movement’s origins. Conditions: What started the activist movement or effort? Was there a particular event that galvanize people into organizing a mass demonstration? Were there any other events, perhaps lesser known, that contributed to the organizing efforts? Objectives I: What is the movement fighting for? Does it have an agenda or objectives that its members want to accomplish? Is there more than one objective? Did the agenda shift or expand in the course of the movement, and if so, how? What impact did the changes have on the movement’s goals and strategies? (I.e., did they change the movement’s organizing strategies, or political agenda or vision of change?) Objectives II: Where do the movement’s agenda and goals line up in the Assimilationist versus Liberationist Framework discussed in your readings? Do the movement efforts seek to challenge the existing system of privilege/oppression or does it seek to work within the system to win the same rights for LGBTQ as heterosexual and cisgender people? Which systems does it seek to challenge? Does it seek connect the oppression of gender and sexual minorities to other oppressions relating to racism, xenophobia, and poverty? Or does it take a more insular approach and focus only on changing systems of gender and sexual oppression? Does it form coalitions with other activist groups and expand its efforts and gain allies who aren’t LGBTQ? What kinds are tactics does it employ? Tactics that disrupt the status quo and aimed at incapacitating some part of the system? Or tactics that work within the systems trying to access and maneuver its levers of power to make change? Diversity: How diverse is the movement and what kinds of efforts of inclusion has it made? If it’s not diverse, explain how that might be a problem for the movement’s success. Internal Dynamics: What kinds of conflicts have risen in the movement and what impact on the organization or movement did they have? How were (or are) these conflicts dealt with? How much has the movement made progress toward resolving them? If these issues haven’t been dealt with yet, make some suggestions of how the movement could resolve them (e.g., doing more recruiting outreach in the community, focus groups to study conflicts and recommend solutions, increasing awareness of the conflict through education and outreach, forming coalitions and cohesive relations with other movements of social change) and explain how they might work. Below are some suggestions for topics of movements and gender and sexuality issues that people have organized around. You can choose a topic of your own though. These are merely suggestions in case you have trouble coming up with a focus. Some of these appear in your readings. Bathroom access for transgender people Inclusion in gender preferred sports Teaching LGBTQ issues and identities in K – 12 Education LGBTQ troops’ right to serve openly Violence against LGBTQ people Employment and workforce discrimination Marriage equality Healthcare coverage and accessibility Housing discrimination Transgender immigrants and asylum seekers The Combahee River Collective The Mattachine Society Daughters of Bilitis The Stonewall Riots The Compton Cafeteria Riots Radical feminism and the Lesbian Menace ACT UP: Organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS activism The Lesbian Avengers Please choose an issue OUTSIDE OF THE US. MY LAST PAPER WAS ON THE LESBIAN AVENGERS DO NOT REPEAT

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