The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health plans to offer undergraduate and graduate-level students coursework in “LGBTQ health and well-being” this fall.

According to UAB School of Public Health communications director Maria White, the coursework will be included in two 15-hour programs “created for students who hope to enhance their skills regarding LGBTQ-related research and advocacy.”

“We invite those who want to learn how to navigate a complex LGBTQ landscape to come train with us, knowing that our students’ skills will quickly translate into dynamic action in Alabama and beyond,” said program director Sarah MacCarthy. “We are excited to be joining the small circle of universities across the nation who offer such programs.”

White accredited the programs to MacCarthy, the first holder of the Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies Endowed Professorship at UAB.

Students in programs will work alongside Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) and its affiliated program, the Magic City Wellness Center (MCWC). 

The BAO is also affiliated with several other programs, including the Magic City Acceptance Academy, a public charter school for grades six through 12 aimed at providing “a brave, LGBTQ-affirming learning environment,” and the Magic City Acceptance Center, which advocated against the 2021 Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act banning sex change surgery and therapy for children under the age of 18.

Some of the courses in the undergraduate program include “Anthropology of Gender,” “Human Sexuality,” “Women’s Literature and Theory,” “LGBT History,” “Gender in World Politics” and “Sociology of Sex and Gender.”

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