LGBT Studies Program

Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program

The LGBT Studies is a Program within the Department of Women's Studies, in the College of Arts and Humanities. It currently offers an undergraduate certificate and a minor. The certificate is a 21-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 15 required and 6 elective credits designed to complement any student's major field of study. The minor is a 15-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 12 required and 3 elective credits. All current UMD students are eligible to pursue the certificate or minor; contact the Department of Women's Studies undergraduate advisor to register.

For Spring 2016 The Department of Women's Studies Proudly Presents:

Fourteenth Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Queer Beyond

“Queer beyond repair” evokes a double meaning. On one hand, it suggests that queerness itself is, has become, or can be a state of irreparability: that it must bear the burden of histories and structures of violence from which there is no final redress. In such a reading, repair appears, necessarily, as an impossible project. It asks us to account for queer practices—of sex, politics, reading, world-making—as modes of reprieve and endurance that must contend with the unshakeable legacies and foundational logics that undergird already consolidated fantasies of humanness, from imperial rule and anti-blackness, to the psychic and material structures of liberal politics itself. Such an account would require a re-inscription of the satisfaction, if not pleasure, we receive from the survival of queer forms of life within a nexus of lives marked by past, ongoing, and potential experiences of irretrievable loss, dread, and death.

On the other hand, “queer beyond repair” also suggests that there is, can be, or must be a queerness beyond repair. It evokes potentiality: a queerness that is more than the making of room to maneuver, a reinvestment in a politics of transformation, if not the unmaking of a world in which survival—bare survival—has become, for so many, a desirable condition. This queerness insists on forms of reinvention, if not defiance, in excess of the states of decay we have inherited or the symptoms of disrepair we have learned to uncover. It asks us to be estranged from the present, even as we acknowledge the limits set by our fear of what might lie beyond life as we know it. The double meaning of “beyond repair” demands a questioning of deeply held convictions, at once political and theoretical, about amelioration and suspicion, hope and hopelessness, positivity and negativity, and the embrace or rejection of modes of living on made possible and held captive by damaged and damaging worlds.

What is queer beyond repair? This symposium is interested in conversations that take up either meaning or both from a variety of inter and transdisciplinary perspectives.

We are located in 2101 Woods Hall,
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We are now accepting proposals for QUEER BEYOND REPAIR, the Ninth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium. The symposium will be held Friday, April 22, 2015. For more details visit

Want to find out more about the certificate or minor in LGBT Studies? To make an advising appointment, or to sign up for the minor or certifcate in LGBT Studies, go to and select an available slot.

Read more about our move to the Department of Women's Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities

Faculty News: We congratulate LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, on her recently published book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cutlures

We welcome Bobby Benedicto, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies to campus. His first book, Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene was a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies.

Under Bright Lights

For more news and events, visit the Department of Women's Studies hompepage

For other current events on campus check with the LGBT Equity Center, the The One Project, the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy office, the Pride Alliance.