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About the Course

In this course, you will explore the history of LGBTQ identities, experiences, and activism. We’ll study major events in global LGBTQ history, investigate local histories of queer and transgender people and communities, and consider how LGBTQ histories have helped shape broader conversations about civil rights, equality, and justice....

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Aug 20, 2020

I loved every aspect of his course. I am someone who has a very substantial foundation of knowledge towards the Queer community, but this course taught me a lot more than I haven't thought about yet.


Mar 14, 2022

This course taught me the new variations about LGBTQ and its diffenert arenas. It taught us how biological, sociological and psychological concept plays important role in determind the definitions.

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By Raina B T

Aug 4, 2020

This course was very informative and I learned a lot. However, the way the course is structured is an issue. Why is it that I can only complete the quizzes in the course if I pay 50 dollars to gain a course certificate? I am taking the courses on Coursera to learn about things that I won't learn in school, not to get the certificate and recognition or credit. I want to be able to make sure that I gained the knowledge that I was supposed to gain without being required to pay fifty dollars to do so. I would have given this course five stars if it had been structured like all of the other courses that I have taken on Coursera, with the quizzes available even without purchasing the certificate for the course.

By Sky L

Jun 23, 2020

This course does not let you submit your answers to quiz without upgrading first. This is very unfortunate as it seemed like a great course up until this point. Hopefully in the future this course will be accessible to people who are this point are not ready or are unable to upgrade to pay for a course certificate (before completion).

By Jacob N

Jun 15, 2021

This is not a good class. There is a serious lack of quality of the citations and they present almost no scientific basis for what they are saying.

By Marisa D

Aug 21, 2020

I loved every aspect of his course. I am someone who has a very substantial foundation of knowledge towards the Queer community, but this course taught me a lot more than I haven't thought about yet.

By Aram M

Jun 22, 2021

This course introduces an influx of terms but does very little in explaining them. And a lot of the supplementary materials are just links to influencers and personalities. I'm also disappointed from the quizzes as many of them are vague and feel like they are build on opinions, not the knowledge the course's videos give. That forces you to take them again and again, despite having payed attention to the weeks videos and external resources. LGBT+ issues are a topic that needs better teaching than this... attempt. The only thing they did a good job at explaining is the term "queer" and how it was and is used. Props on that. For anything else, you'd be better off auditing the course, just reading the names of the terms it introduces and doing your own research.

By Matija H

Jun 17, 2021

Before taking this course, I imagined taking it would make me even more accepting and inclusive of people who identify as something other than the two binary genders and heteronormatively defined sexualities. While this is certainly the case and I feel I have learned much that I hadn't known before about this fascinating aspect of humanity, taking Queering Identities had an entirely unexpected additional effect on me: I feel I am now more accepting of everyone, including myself! I particularly enjoyed the fact that the two excellent educators brought in a wide range or authentic and relevant voices and stories to help bridge the gap of understanding for anyone at the deepest common level of humanity that we all share.

By Bhawini J

Mar 15, 2022

This course taught me the new variations about LGBTQ and its diffenert arenas. It taught us how biological, sociological and psychological concept plays important role in determind the definitions.

By Ran B R

May 22, 2021

Great course combining comprehensive basic information with deeper dives on several subjects, including plenty of resources for learning more. I especially appreciated the many interviews.

One note: many of the mid-video quizzes grade True/False incorrectly

By Tanvi K

Jan 7, 2023

This was the first course I completed on Coursera. It really pushes to think outside the cis-hetro world we grow up in. And the material is also very non-overwhelming, and easy to understand.

By Treesa P

May 14, 2020

Got a better perspective of LGBTQ+ community and it was a well informed course altogether. Came across many new terminologies and etiquette related to the community, which I was unaware of.


Sep 9, 2020

It is an essential course to everyone. Many queer people are oppressed in many parts of the world. They are also humans. We should respect them and treat them equally.

By Thomas F

Mar 26, 2021

I found that the Instructors were very knowledgeable and engaging. The readings both required and optional were extremely helpful to me. I really enjoyed this course.

By Kayla M

Jun 30, 2020

Fantastic course! Learning about queer theory was so interesting. Kudos for including so many unique voices and perspectives.

By Luna E G

May 11, 2024

It was a great way toi start the subject

By Nikhanif R

Jul 11, 2023

Pros: The contents are very comprehensive to multiple aspects of queer culture, which help learners understand queer people in many dimensions.

Cons: Some of the contents might sound more like opinions than facts. Some quiz questions are misleading and some key answer are mistaken, especially in true/false questions. some optional reading resources are outdated as well.

***And some descriptions of key answers are very discouraging. Instead of correcting those who answered wrong politely, why use words that made them feel bad? for example, in the question asking for description of social constructionist, when I answer wrong, the description said “you essentialist!”. What was that? I thought the course is about educating people so they can understand us queer people better, why labeling them names when they might not yet understand the topic as much as you do. I hope you can fix this to make the course better.


Jul 30, 2020

Many of the quizzes after a video had the wrong answers

By Malak A

Jun 19, 2020

introductory only

By Aida M

Nov 30, 2022

two expensive. all material can be found for free online. nothing new or nuanced.

By Karen C

Aug 10, 2022

As a person who is educating herself to become a better ally to the LGBTQ2S+ community, this course was an excellent foundation to understanding some of the language used and challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. I feel better able to support and not be a added burden to the community by constantly asking them to explain things to me. Now when questions arise I can respond to other curious learners and take this burden off my friends and colleagues who identify as LGBTQ2S+ always bearing in mind that language is ever evolving and that I need to be a constant learner as I have a number of unconscious biases that I need to consistently work on changing.

By Deeksha D

Jul 26, 2021

This course is one of the best courses out there that educates an individual about the History, Current trends and issues, the Nuances, etc. The resources shared are wide ranging from podcasts, articles, websites, books and videos. It really gets us connected to the communities as well and the kind of cultures exist within LGBTQI+. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in exploring themselves, parents or siblings of anyone they know belongs to the community, friends, teachers, colleagues, govt. officials, ANYONE.ANYWHERE.ANYTIME.

Just love the course coordinators for having designed this course and wide range resources. Thank you. :D

By Yuvraj S

Jul 17, 2020

It was such a great and diverse course. I got to know about so many different issues that queer people face and I didn't even know about. I am a queer boy who grew up in a homophobic country. And it wasn't legal to be homosexual in my country until last year. LGBTQIA+ issues are not openly discussed in my country so I was unaware of a lot of things. I didn't even know about all the identities that exist. And this course helped me learn that and much more. It was truly enlightening and I am grateful to both professor Dr. Katie and Dr. Jacob for creating this wonderful course!

By Bradi R

Mar 25, 2022

Dr. Mohrman and Dr. McWilliams are clearly very knowledgeable in this field, and do a terrific job at sharing complex, diverse, and ever-changing information in a compact and digestible way.

The content is current, applicable to any field, and truly aims to provide the learner with tools to better-understand the LGBTQIA+ community and its history, and the opportunity to be a better ally.  I have taken pages and pages of notes, saved articles, and plan to return to this course frequently to refresh my understanding of the information.

By Aedrian A

Jan 25, 2021

This is a highly insightful course on being on the loop in current sexuality and gender identity issues. To understand and contribute favorably in addressing the challenges and concerns faced by LGBTQ+-identifying members of society, we must hit the ground running by learning the relevant lexicon, its history and its implications - and this course delivers in that regard. The material may hopefully inspire the learners to know themselves better on these issues and in doing their own way to make the world a more accepting place.

By Paul A

May 8, 2021

An incredibly well-organized course, with engaging instructors and rich readings, videos, and supplementary material. As a cisgender heterosexual male from an Asian American upbringing, I previously had only a cursory understanding of the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, and this crash course was an incredible launchpad to further my education and have meaningful and contributory discussions in this area. One of the best courses I had had the privilege of taking on the Coursera platform.

By Gen V d H

Sep 26, 2021

I was pleased with the presentation and explanation of the various topics discussed. This couse gave me a foundational awareness of the issues faced by LGBTQ+ people, and let me know how much more there is to learn.

Note: in some of the assignment questions, an incorrect answer was marked as "CORRECT", then underneath it stated "INCORRECT!" This is confusing and it would be helpful to know if the answer was actually correct or incorrect.