• Length: 6-8 pages, double spaced
• Watch all the material listed under the chosen social movement. Take notes! You will
probably need to refer back to the videos as you write.
Documentary: Marc De Guerre’s (2013) How We Got Gay
Also see: Frameline Voice’s Gay USA
• You may need to do additional research to fill in the gaps left by your documentary.
Your references should be academic resources or newspaper articles, NOT WIKIPEDIA
or random websites. If your movement has a website, however, you may consult it
for your research.
Everything in purple colour need to be included into the final paper. (need to be
Your paper should include the following:
• introduce your chosen social movement: who, what (specifics will come below),
where (country, region, city?), when?
LGBTQ social movements have been striving to achieve equal rights and social acceptance of
lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered through out the history. From the time when
homosexuality was illegal in every province in Canada and every state in America to the golden
ages of gay liberation, LGBTQ social movements played a significant part towards this victory.
• introduce the documentaries that you will be discussing as your source(s)
• tell the reader that you will do a sociological analysis of your chosen social
movement and what you want to argue/ your thesis statement
II. Overview of key themes of your social movement
• go into some details about the core participants of the movement (discussing
intersection of gender, race, class, education, nation, sexuality when possible) and
the core issues of the movement
• Your analysis should include applications of at least 6 key concepts that are
significantly related to the core themes of the movement
• Including Prejudice, Discrimination, Deviant, gender, sexuality, education, Alienation, etc
III. Analysis of Social Movement
• What type of social movement is your movement? (textbook pg. 597-598). Explain
your reasoning for this choice.
• Radical Social Movement: Significant Change; Specific Group/few people [Sexual
Liberation Movements —> movement for legal recognition of same-sex couples]
• Which theory(ies) best explains your social movement? ( textbook pg. 598-603).
Explain your reasoning for this choice.
MASS SOCIETY THEORY
Asks: Why does it emerge & who joins it?
Answers: Modern societies are impersonal, people feel disconnected and alone.
Social movements attract marginalized people; provide sense of belonging &
Example: elements of the LGBTQ movement
Application: Look for evidence of socially marginalized people seeking support & community
Asks: Why is a movement more or less successful?
Answers: The most important aspect of a movement is its cultural symbols. Without these, people
will not be motivated to join.
Symbols provide a mechanism for collective identity & belonging, They help the
• What process of claims making (textbook pg. 598) did the social movement engage
in? In other words, how did the movement attempt to appeal to—and get support
from—the public and others (politicians, decision-makers, media, economic leaders,
etc.) Give some detail.
• What were some of the main challenges faced by those involved in the movement?
• Would you say the movement was successful? Explain why you think so.
• Tell the reader what you have successfully demonstrated in this paper. AVOID
PREDICTIONS and “SHOULDS”
• list all references used in this paper, including the textbook. Be sure to use proper in-text
citation throughout (Macionis & Gerber 2014: 43).
VI. Additional Notes
• Please edit your paper carefully before submission.
• Please remember to include page numbers and staple your assignment!