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Finding Out
An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Third Edition


January 2017 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Finding Out is an excellent and much-needed overview of LBGTQ studies, providing a thorough history and evocative readings reflecting a variety of perspectives and experiences.” 

Brecken Chinn, Curry College

 

The new Third Edition of Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies provides readers with an accessible and riveting introduction to LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) studies. Designed as a combination of introductory text and reader, Finding Out helps students understand the growth and development of LGBTQ identities and the interdisciplinary nature of sexuality studies. The book combines comprehensive introductory and explanatory material with primary source readings. The authors provide context (from history, literature and the arts, media, politics, and more) to form a coherent framework for understanding the included debates and readings. Going beyond simply providing a historical account, this easy-to-follow text offers an in-depth examination of LGBTQ culture and society—making LGBTQ studies a central part of your course coverage.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction: To the Reader
Some Theoretical Starting Places

 
About This Book

 
 
Readings
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, from “Queer and Now”

 
Michael Warner, from “Queer and Then?”

 
 
SECTION I: Histories
 
Chapter 1. Before Identity: The Ancient World through the 19th Century
Greek Paiderastia

 
Pederasty in Other Early Cultures: The Middle East and Asia

 
Gender Variance in Pre-Columbian America and India

 
Same-Sex Relationships and Desires in Judeo-Christian Cultures

 
Desires for Identity

 
Romantic Friendships and Boston Marriages

 
Molly-Houses: Early Homoerotic Subculture in England

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Sappho, “To a Maiden"

 
Abu Nuwas, “In the Bath-house” and “My Lover Has Started to Shave”

 
Zulali Khwansari, from the Epic Poem "Masnavi"

 
Ihara Saikaku, “Bamboo Clappers Strike the Hateful Number”

 
Wu Meicun, “Song of Beau Wang”

 
Ancient Egyptian Binding Spell

 
Order for Solemnization of Same-Sex Union

 
Wadham Limericks

 
 
Chapter 2. Sexology: Constructing the Modern Homosexual
Victorian Sex: Some Background

 
Sexology: Defining a Field of Study

 
A Sexologist in Depth: Havelock Ellis

 
Paving the Way for Freud

 
Sexology and Early Sexual Rights Movements

 
Sexology’s Legacy

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Havelock Ellis, from “History II” and “History XXXVI. — Miss H. Aged 30”

 
Kurt Hiller, Appeal to the Second International Congress for Sexual Reform on Behalf of an Oppressed Human Variety (Introduction and translation by John Lauritsen)

 
John D’Emilio, “Capitalism and Gay Identity”

 
 
Chapter 3. Toward Liberation
Medical Models of Homosexuality

 
Urban Life and Sexual Expression

 
World War II and Homosexuality

 
McCarthy and the Purge of the “Perverts”

 
The Homophile Movement

 
Emerging Visibility and Activism

 
The Politics of Liberation

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
“Donald Webster Cory” (Edward Sagarin) and John P. LeRoy, “Should Homosexuality Be Eliminated?”

 
Marilyn Barrow, “Living Propaganda”

 
Radicalesbians, “The Woman-identified Woman”

 
Combahee River Collective, “The Combahee River Collective Statement”

 
 
Chapter 4. Queer Normalization and Beyond
AIDS: Epidemic and Activism

 
Antigay Backlash and Hate-Crimes Legislation

 
The Attractions and Effects of Normalization

 
Inclusion versus Assimilation: Two Approaches to Securing Rights

 
Trans Becoming Visible

 
LGBTQ Rights in a Global Context

 
The Cost of Assimilation

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
From the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Preamble and Section on Equality from the Bill of Rights

 
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, "Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights," Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 12 December 2011

 
U.S. Congress Original Defense of Marriage Act Legislation, One Hundred Fourth Congress of the United States of America

 
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage, June 2015, Obergefell et al., certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

 
 
SECTION II: Politics
 
Chapter 5. Nature, Nurture, and Identity
Kinsey

 
After Kinsey

 
Challenging Binaries

 
The Quest for the Gay Gene

 
Nature–Nurture: What’s at Stake?

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Windy M. Brown, Christopher J. Finn, Bradley M. Cooke, and S. Marc Breedlove, “Differences in Finger Length Ratios between Self-identified ‘Butch’ and ‘Femme’ Lesbians”

 
Albert Mohler, “Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something about It?”

 
Rictor Norton, from “Essentialism”

 
 
Chapter 6. Queer Diversities
L . . . G . . . T . . . : A Story of Push and Pull

 
Bisexual Erasure in the LGBTQ Community

 
Intersexuality

 
Q: Beyond Sexual Identity

 
A for Allies

 
Diverse Controversies

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Amber Hollibaugh, “Queers without Money: They Are Everywhere. But We Refuse to See Them”

 
John Aravosis, “How Did the T Get in LGBT?”

 
Susan Stryker, “Why the T in LGBT Is Here to Stay”

 
 
Chapter 7. Intersectionalities
The “Down Low” and Applied Intersectional Theory

 
Women, Class, and Internationality

 
Tools for Intersectional Analysis

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Kathy Y. Wilson, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”

 
Richard Thompson Ford, “What’s Queer about Race?”

 
Sonnet Gabbard, “Preserving the Nation: Transitional Serbia, the European Union, and Homophobia”

 
 
SECTION III: Representations
 
Chapter 8: Queer Literatures
Whitman and His Descendants

 
Oscar Wilde

 
Radclyffe Hall

 
Lesbian Pulp Novels

 
Gay Male Pulp Novels

 
Transgender Novels

 
Emerging Queer Literary Voices

 
Queering Books for Young People

 
Queer Literature: Global Disruptions

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Walt Whitman, “We Two Boys Together Clinging”

 
Michael Field, “Sometimes I Do Despatch My Heart" and "It Was Deep April"

 
Edward Carpenter, “Love’s Vision”

 
Langston Hughes, “I, Too, Sing America”

 
Judy Grahn, “A History of Lesbianism”

 
June Jordan, “Poem about My Rights”

 
Audre Lorde, “A Woman Speaks”

 
Ann Bannon, from I Am a Woman

 
 
Chapter 9. Visual and Performing Arts
Visualizing the Homoerotic

 
The Expatriates

 
Physique Magazines

 
Fine Art: From the Beautiful to the Political

 
Backlash Against Queer Art

 
Performing Queer: Theater

 
Art and Consumerism

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Steven C. Dubin, from “Art’s Enemies: Censors to the Right of Me, Censors to the Left of Me”

 
 
Chapter 10. Film and Television
Visibility and Representation

 
Varieties of Queerness in Contemporary Film

 
Fire and Carol

 
Small-Screen Queers

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Maria Pramaggiore, "Fishing for Girls: Romancing Lesbians in New Queer Cinema"

 
Kara Keeling, "'Joining the Lesbians': Cinematic Regimes of Black Lesbian Visibility"

 
Gayatri Gopinath, from "Local Sites/Global Contexts: The Transnational Trajectories of Fire and 'The Quilt'"

 
 
Chapter 11. Queers and the Internet
Queer Social Networking

 
Internet Censorship and Corporatization

 
Internet Activism

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Andil Gosine, “Brown to Blond at Gay.com: Passing White in Queer Cyberspace”

 
Uttarika Kumaran, “Disabled, Gay, and as Normal as You”

 
 
Chapter 12. Queer Cultures: Alternative Media and the Search for Queer Space
Documentary Films

 
Film and Music Festivals

 
Queer Music

 
LGBTQ Journalism: Magazines, Newspapers, and Comics

 
Many Journeys, Many Homes

 
Questions for Discussion

 
References and Further Reading

 
 
Readings
Michael Sibalis, from “Urban Space and Homosexuality: The Example of the Marais, Paris’ ‘Gay Ghetto’”

 
Sergio Arguello, “They Were Here First: LGBTQ Seniors in Los Angeles”

 
 
Glossary
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"Finding Out is an excellent and much-needed overview of LBGTQ studies, providing a thorough history and evocative readings reflecting a variety of perspectives and experiences." 

Brecken Chinn
Curry College

“Great introductory book that gives equal weight to historical and contemporary topics”

Parandeh Kia
Clarion University of Pennsylvania

 “I can’t remember ever enjoying reading a textbook so much since I was a graduate student. "

Teresa Sabourin
University of Cincinnati

"…The information and history provided in [Finding Out] are unlike anything I’ve had the opportunity to read. Queer history is so often completely ignored in schools, so this really gives me an opportunity to talk about where we’ve been, and where we’re going, and hopefully encourage our students to get out from behind their computers and help to continue making change for the LGBT community!"

Lynn Zlotkowski
Curry College

"Only introductory textbook for LGBT studies AND it covers a good range of topics, quality of scholarship is good, and has some good primary source readings; students in an introductory, general education course find it both accessible and interesting."

Diana L Swanson
Northern Illinois University

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 8: Queer Literatures

Chapter 5: Nature, Nurture, and Identity


Jonathan F. Alexander

Jonathan Alexander is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is author, co-author, or editor of twelve books, including Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics (co-edited with Jacqueline Rhodes, Routledge, 2015), Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self (co-authored with Jacqueline Rhodes, Computers and Composition Digital Press, September 2015), Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges (co-edited with Serena Anderlini D’Onofrio, Routledge, 2012), Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice (Utah State, 2008), and... More About Author

Deborah T. Meem

Deborah T. Meem is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her academic specialties are Victorian literature, LGBTQ Studies, and the 19th-century woman’s novel. She earned a PhD from Stony Brook University in 1985. Her work has appeared in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Feminist Teacher, Studies in Popular Culture, and elsewhere. She has edited four works by Victorian novelist and journalist Eliza Lynn Linton: The Rebel of the Family (Broadview, 2002), Realities (Valancourt, 2010), The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland (Victorian Secrets, 2011) and Sowing the Wind (Victorian Secrets,... More About Author

Michelle A. Gibson

Michelle A. Gibson is Professor Emerita of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her scholarship focuses on Sexuality Studies and pedagogy. Her most recent writing applies queer and postmodern identity theories to pedagogical practice and popular culture. In retirement, she writes and publishes poetry and maintains a blog called ProfSpazz at http://profspazz.com. With Jonathan Alexander, she edited QP: Queer Poetry, an online poetry journal, and she and Alexander also edited a strain of JAC: Journal of Advanced Composition titled “Queer Composition(s).” With Deborah Meem, she coedited... More About Author

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