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News: USC Class Exploring How Sci Fi Fandom Sparked LGBT Rights Movement

Toward Tomorrow

If you wanted to find life outside the closet in the 1930s, you might as well have started looking for another planet — and that’s exactly what a generation of gay and lesbian sci-fi fans did.

They were drawn to a genre that allowed them to imagine new worlds where they could be their true selves and love whomever they wanted.

This fall, a senior seminar offered through the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in the Gender Studies Program will look at how Los Angeles’ legendary sci-fi societies overlapped with the early LGBT rights movement, laying the groundwork for activists long before Stonewall or the Black Cat Riots.

See the full story at USC.edg


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