NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2020 - Online!
Although gender identity and sexual orientation
are two different aspects of personality, the transgender community has been
part of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community socially, culturally, and
politically since the gay liberation movement began with the riots of the late
1950's and 1960's. Today, the LGBT community is viewed in almost all venues to
include gender non-conforming identities with non-heterosexual identities.
According to UCLA's Williams Institute (June 2016), there are 1.4 million
adults who identify as part of the transgender community in the United States.
California has the second highest number of transgender people in the United
careers in health occupations, human services, criminal justice, child development,
education, and hospitality are among the most likely to serve transgender
people. It is essential that professionals working in these careers an
understanding of transgender identities, the issues faced by the community, and
how to best serve transgender people.
This course introduces students to the
transgender community including various gender identities and issues. This
course prepares students for a variety of social and human services careers
Student Learning Outcomes:
Explain the difference between sexual orientation and
gender identity and define the terms people use to identify their sexual
orientation and gender identity.
2. Explain gender dysphoria and the process of
3. Discuss the challenges non-gender conforming persons
face in the community, family and workforce including education.
Haefele-Thomas, A., Combs, T., & Stryker, S. (2019). Introduction to Transgender Studies. New York: Harrington Park Press.
The course content includes: Terminology used by gender non-conforming people to describe their gender identity, the history of transgender identities, an overview of gender dysphoria and the transition process, the challenges people face when coming out as transgender, key moments in the transgender civil rights movement, workplace laws related to gender and transgender people, hate crimes involving transgender victims, bullying experienced by gender non-conforming students in school, an examination of how public schools support gender non-conforming students, and how transgender people are represented in art and media.
The course is 54 hours
in length and students may earn 3 units of college credit. There are no
prerequisites to enroll. This class is required for the Associates Degree in LGBT Education and is an elective for the LGBT Studies Certificate Program.
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