Writing: LGBTQ movement research

Choose a historical LGBTQ movement or campaign from those we have touched on in class, and find out more about it.

You might choose an activist group, a media campaign, an LGBTQ community from a particular time or place, or even an influential individual. If you have an idea that didn’t come up in class or in the reading, you must get my approval before you begin your research.

Find 4 sources (primary, secondary, or any combination of the two), two of which may be readings assigned for class. You may not include the Eaklor or Stryker texts on your list, though both of these include excellent bibliographies for further sources.
You may include images, videos, or online articles in addition to peer reviewed scholarly articles.
Include at least one source that was published within 5 years of the time period you are discussing. Outhistory.org has a lot of material you might find useful for this. First-hand materials that are part of an exhibition collected later (like the NIH exhibit on AIDS) count.

For each of your sources, I would like you to include:

  • the source and context (where did this come from? One sentence.)
  • the purpose of the source (what is/was it for? One sentence.)
  • your summary of the source (what is it saying? Approximately 200 words per source)
  • your evaluation of the source (is it effective in its purpose? Is it important? Why or why not? Approximately 200 words per source)

In addition to your annotated bibliography of sources, write one page (300 words) summing up what they have taught you about the movement, campaign, community, or individual you are researching.

When I grade your work, here is what I will be hoping to see:

  • Clear and succinct description of source and purpose.
  • Attention to historical context (your first points of reference to help with this will be the Eaklor and Stryker texts; online research may also be helpful).
  • Summary that demonstrates thoughtful reading and thorough understanding of the text.
  • Evaluation that shows nuanced consideration of the text in its context.
  • Careful and considered synthesis of the complete picture your texts provide together.

Nuts and bolts:

  • Length: this may depend on your choice of source, but I expect around 1500 words (5-6 pages depending on how you format your sources).
  • Submit your finished assignment to the dropbox in ELMS before 5pm on Friday November 7. Email and paper submissions will not be accepted except by special agreement.
  • Essays must be in Word (.doc or .docx), RTF, or PDF format. Use Times New Roman or a similar font in 12-point, with 1-inch margins.
  • Graded assignments will be returned no more than two weeks after submission. In addition to the expectations laid out above, please see the Assessment and Expectations page for my general grading rubric.

Points/grades breakdown
49-50: A+ | 47-48: A | 45-46: A-
43-44: B+ | 42-43: B | 40-41: B-
38-39: C+ | 36-37: C | 35-36: C-
33-34: D+ | 31-32: D | 29-30: D-
28 or below: F

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