Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

The interdisciplinary field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies welcomes all students, offering an opportunity to learn about LGBT experience, history, and scholarship in Italy and other European countries.

Courses explore fundamental questions about sexualities, bodies, identities, communities, social movements, and liberation politics. Same-sex marriage was first legalized in Europe, and since 2001, no less than seven European countries have recognized same-sex marriage (Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden).

In 2006 Italy was also the first country to elect a transgender candidate, Vladimir Luxuria, who served a 5 year term in the House of Representatives and now dedicates herself to LGBT rights in Italy and Europe. In Fall 2012 she gave a public lecture in Florence on “Encountering the Other” (watch it on YouTube), in the Amerigo Vespucci Lecture series sponsored by Syracuse University in Florence.  See also the article on this event written by student Tai Brown in the Villa Rossa Voice (Fall 2012).

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Vladimir Luxuria with spring 2012 students Gay Pride rally in Rome

LGBT life in Florence

LGBT Studies at Syracuse University (N.Y.)

LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University (N.Y.)

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