Eastern Michigan University reintroduces Communication and the LGBTQ Community course beginning fall 2024

YPSILANTI — For the first time since 2019, Eastern Michigan University will offer the Communication and the LGBTQ Community (WGST 265) course in the fall of 2024. This course explores communication patterns both about and within the LGBTQ community, providing students with an understanding of LGBTQ culture and social dynamics.

“Since the course was last offered, the discourse about the LGBTQ+ community has shifted,” said Lee Schwab, communication professor and course instructor.  “In 2023, at least 510 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country. These new contexts and attitudes will likely impact what is discussed.” 

The course, offered by the School of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, is open to all students and can fulfill the U.S. diversity requirement for the general education program. WGST 265 will also cover new terminology, such as asexuality, gender dysphoria, and the difference between being cisgender or transgender. 

Several EMU students registered for the course, expressing excitement over the material being taught. 

“I’m interested in expanding my knowledge in how communication plays a part in LGBTQ+ history and how current trends impact that,” said Katie George, a sophomore majoring in digital media and women’s and gender studies. 

“As someone in the LGBTQ+ community, I’m excited to engage with students on these topics,” said Schwab. “So many LGBTQ+ individuals have profoundly impacted the art that we love and have influenced how we communicate. I am eager to talk about that representation.” 

For more information on the class, visit the Women's and Gender Studies Department webpage


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June 11, 2024

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Gavin Millard

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