2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

POL 318 The Law and Politics of LGBTQ Rights

3 hours 

This course explores legal and political issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the United States. It focuses in particular on contents over the criminalization of same-sex activity; the enactment of legal protections for LGBTQ people and their families: the marriage equality movement; and, contemporary debates over the scope of federal non-discrimination protections, transgender rights, and exemptions for those who object to LGBTQ equality on religious grounds. The course aims to give students a deeper appreciation of the constraints, opportunities, and strategic choices that have shaped the development of LGBTQ rights in law and policy, both historically and in the present day.




ENG 201, and GOV 101 or POL 101, and junior standing or above


This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Struggle for Justice and Equality in the U.S. (300-level) area of the Gen Ed Program.