Sexuality & Gender

Sexuality and gender are a major focus of NCRW member center research, policy and advocacy efforts. Increasing support for LGBT rights, both nationally and internationally, is an outgrowth of such research and public awareness campaigns. Our network recognizes the complexity of human sexuality and how gender roles can be stereotyped and narrowly defined by society. There are important sexuality and gender dimensions to policymaking and legal rights, including those related to marriage, the custodial rights of unmarried single parents and same-sex couples, and anti-discrimination employment and housing laws. Our member centers are examining gender identity and the ever-evolving perceptions of masculinity and femininity in popular culture and politics.

Queer the Census

The U.S. Census Bureau wants an accurate count of everyone in the country – but there's no question in the survey that asks if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.


Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonderdrugs


JONATHAN METZL, Psychiatry and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan

Author of Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonderdrugs and Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

Location: Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge)


Queer the Census!

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has launched an innovative and important campaign called "Queer the Census" in response to the lack of data on LGBT people and families. Check out this video from NGTLF's Policy Institute Director Jaime Grant at Creating Change. Says Jaime, "We need data on on our communities!"

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Introducing the UCLA Center for the Study of Women

This video is a short history of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, an internationally recognized center for research on women, gender, and sexuality.

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Sexularism: Religious Freedom American Style

In partnership with several Italian scholars, UCSBs department of religious studies gathered experts to discuss the way religious thought intersects with political legislation and action, particularly in the realm of sexuality. On this installment of Church, Sex, and the Public Sphere: Italy and the United States, Ann Pellegrini, Professor of Religious Studies at New York University, argues that the government should stay out of the regulation of morality Series (Voices, 11/2008).

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The Traffic In Policy: Religion, Sexuality, and the State


A symposium co-organized by CSGS and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics with funding by The Henry Luce foundation.

Location: Humanities Initiative Conference Room, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Keynote lecture by Roberto J. Blancarte

Different Subjects: Aesthethics and U.S. Minority Discourse

03/23/2010 - 03/24/2010

A lecture by Kandice Chuh.  

Location: Social and Cultural Analysis, 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor


“(Hi)stories of Sexuality: Same-Sex Marriages in 16th-Century Rome”


Gary Ferguson, University of Delaware

*Respondents: David Wallace (English) and Ann Matter (Religious Studies)

 Location: 436 Cohen

SIROW Leading Project to Support LGBTQ Youth

The UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women has received a new $1.75 million federal grant to aid youth and young adults who are homeless and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning who are dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.

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