Definition of LGBT studies

: an academic field of study focusing on matters relating to gender, human sexuality, and sexual orientation with emphasis on LGBT issues and culture LGBT studies have been an academic area of study in the United States for nearly 50 years and exist at some 200 universities in the United States in a variety of forms as courses, minors or degree programs. Rooted in sociology, studies of human subgroups help prepare students for careers, such as counselors, personnel directors, teachers, social workers, criminal justice professionals, health care providers, managers and those involved in pastoral care.— E. Joseph Savoie

called also queer studies

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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“LGBT studies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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