Gay/Lesbian Studies

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Gay/Lesbian Studies

Queer studies is the critical theory based study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity usually focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and cultures. Universities have also labeled this area of analysis Sexual Diversity Studies, Sexualities Studies or LGBTQ Studies (Q for "Questioning"). Once only meaning odd or unusual, and later an anti-gay epithet, "queer" used in reference to LGBT communities remains controversial.[citation needed]

Originally centered on LGBT history and literary theory, the field has expanded to include the academic study of issues raised in biology, sociology, anthropology, the history of science,philosophy, psychology, political science, ethics, and other fields by an examination of the identity, lives, history, and perception of queer people. Marianne LaFrance, the former chair of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University, says, "Now we're asking not just 'What causes homosexuality?' [but also] 'What causes heterosexuality?' and 'Why is sexuality so central in some people's perspective?'"

Queer studies is not the same as queer theory, an analytical viewpoint within queer studies (centered on literary studies and philosophy) that challenges the putatively "socially constructed" categories of sexual identity.

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Matching Gay/Lesbian Studies Colleges

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Cornell University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,325 average out-state tuition; $41,325 average in-state tuition
Hampshire College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,900 average out-state tuition; $41,900 average in-state tuition
Hobart William Smith Colleges
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $42,014 average out-state tuition; $42,014 average in-state tuition

Gay/Lesbian Studies Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant Up to $15,000 November 01, 2016
Wayne F. Placek Grant $15,000 March 01, 2017
Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarship $3,000 January 15, 2017
Dr. James M. and Nancy Miller Scholarship Varies February 21, 2017
Helen Ramsey Brown Scholarship Varies February 01, 2017
Virginia and Richard Lawlor Scholarship Varies November 30, 2016
Heifner Family Endowed Scholarship Varies November 30, 2016
David Alexander McCandless Scholarship Varies November 30, 2016