People often believe that Queer culture resides only in large coastal cities in the US. The study of the Queer South remains at the very edges of academic scholarship, and the modern Queer South is at best a cautionary tale and at worst a loose collection of classist stereotypes. This course seeks to unpack and explore the wide variety of Southern Queer culture and its impact on the rest of the country. Using primary sources, podcasts and blogs, new scholarship, and popular culture, this course will help students understand the diversity of Southern Queer experience as we look back at the communities that have organized, fought, hurt, healed, and bled together in order to build strong and stable communities of grassroots networks and political structures. We will be working with existing Queer archival organizations to create new research in the Queer South, and over the course of the term we will build a blueprint of the landscape of the Queer South. | Lecture + Q&A.