DPI-375: The History of the Effort to Achieve Legal Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the United States

Semester: Fall

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Barney Frank


Day Time Location
First Day 9/5
Meet Day W 4:10 PM - 6:00 PM LAND


This course will describe, analyze, and agonize over the efforts by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to adopt a legal framework in which differential treatment based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited.  The course will deal with events at both the state and federal levels.  Much of the course work will consist of an analysis of the various strategies and tactics adopted both by proponents of these legal changes and by those that have been opposed to them.  The course will focus on the history of events after the 1969 Stonewall incident, up through contemporary issues.  Much of it will reflect the personal experiences of the instructor who filed gay rights legislation in Massachusetts in 1972, and who was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for every debate but one that has occurred on this subject in our history.

Also offered by the Law School as 2731.


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