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D'Emilio: "Gay Power," Chicago, 1966

A professor of history writes about Chicago's LGBTQ history

D'Emilio: "Let's Dance," 1950s-1970s

A professor of history writes about Chicago's LGBTQ history

Katz: Americans in Württemberg Scandal, 1888

A long historical essay about three Americans who got into trouble in Germany, in the late 19th century.

Katz: Zapping the New York Academy of Medicine, April 6, 1976

The original typescript of a speech almost proclaimed at a political action against homophobic doctors.

Lind, Earl (Ralph Werther-Jennie June): The Riddle of the Underworld, 1921

OutHistory announces the discovery of parts of the third volume of a transgender novel of 1921.

Nestle: Blog on History; Women's House of D, 1931-1974

A co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives remembers the women's prison in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Newton, Esther. Lesbians in the Twentieth Century: 1900-1999

Pastor Schlegel Proposes to Organize Uranians in the U.S.: August 1903

For the first time in English, OutHistory presents the first documentation of a link between the homosexual emancipation movement in Germany and a German-American in the U.S.

Schlittler: Out and Elected in the U.S.A., 1974-2004

An original exhibit of texts and photos of openly LGBT elected officials in the U.S.

Stonewall Riot Police Reports, June 28, 1969 is the first to publish police reports about the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Ullman and students: Queer Youth: On Campus and in the Media, 1947-2007

A history and her student provide an original essay about Queer Youth.

Weeks: Postcards: Masculine Women, Feminine Men; early-20th c.

A postcard collector presents numbers of his finds documenting what was thought to be gender deviance in the late-19th and early 20th centuries.


Stop the Censorship!

Put the Wojnarowicz video back!

Protest in New York City - Sunday, December 19th, 1:00 PM (details below)

Send a message to the Smithsonian Institution and all of its museums: Stop the Censorship.

Late in November the Smithsonian's head, G. Wayne Clough, did something unconscionable and shocking - he ordered the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC to 'remove' a video by David Wojnarowicz from a museum show called Hide/Seek. Demand that the video be reinstalled now.

A month into the show's run Clough capitulated to the complaints of right-wing politicians and an anti-gay religious group, and yanked the four-minute piece titled "A Fire in My Belly."

A New York Times editorial assailed the Smithsonian's "appalling act of political cowardice."

Is this any way to run a museum?

The Hide/Seek show is an important, groundbreaking exhibit about sexual identity and we urge you to see what's still on display.

When he died in 1992, Wojnarowicz, an artist and writer with AIDS, left a body of work about the disease that remains unrivaled for its power and beauty.

Demand the video be reinstalled now so the public can see the exhibition as the curators intended.

Stand up for free expression, for art that challenges and even pushes our buttons.

Protest Sunday, December 19 at 1 PM in New York City and take collective action for free expression.


Sunday December 19, 1:00 PM

GATHER on the Metropolitan Museum steps Fifth Ave. & 82nd Street

Then MARCH to the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian FIFTH Ave. & 91st Street

Wear your free expression best and be part of the message.

Art+ is a New York City-based art action group - fighting censorship and homophobia

Queer Hoods: Histories of LGBTQ Life in Polk Gulch and Bronzeville

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), Africana Studies at CUNY and NYU's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS)

present Panel Series:

Queer Hoods: Histories of LGBTQ Life in Polk Gulch and Bronzeville

Friday, May 8th, 2009

6:30 – 8:30pm

Skylight Room (9100).

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY at 34th Street, New York City


Joey Plaster, journalist and independent scholar

Tristan Cabello, PhD candidate, Northwestern University

Recipients of the 2008-2009 Fellowship, Joey Plaster and Tristan Cabello will present their award-winning online exhibits followed by a panel discussion moderated by pioneering gay historian Jonathan Ned Katz.

Plaster’s exhibit “The Polk Street History Project” features oral history interviews with residents of this San Francisco neighborhood, which has been home to some of the most underrepresented members of the queer community since the 1950s: seniors, immigrants, transgender women and homeless youth.

Tristan Cabello’s “Queer Bronzeville: The History of African American Gays and Lesbians on Chicago’s South Side” uses music, images and video clips to cover nearly 100 years of this community’s history from the turn of the century through the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Both are online at:

This event will be followed by a reception at Under the Volcano (12 E. 36th Street, between Fifth and Madison). is a project of CLAGS supported by a generous grant from the ARCUS Foundation.

The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY at 34th Street. All events in the Graduate Center are wheelchair accessible. Please contact the security office at the Graduate Center (212-817-7777) for further details. CLAGS is committed to accessibility for all participants at our events, so we have a SCENT-FREE policy. ASL interpretation can be provided for any CLAGS event if requested 10 or more working days prior to the event. If you have other accessibility needs, please contact the CLAGS office, with a relay operator when necessary, at (212) 817-1955 or email us at

For more information, visit our website, All CLAGS events, which are free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration in Lesbian and Gay/Queer Studies. Nearest subways: B, D, F, V, N, Q, W to 34th Street; 6 to 33rd Street

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery: October 2010

Jonathan David Katz, curator: "Hide and Seek: Same Sex Desire in American Portraiture."

American Historical Association Meeting: January 2-5, 2009

Globalizing Historiography: NEW YORK CITY, NY Advisory Meeting Sunday, January 4, 2009

TIME: 12:15-1:45 pm in the Hilton Board Room of the Hilton New York Hotel.

All welcome. Discussion with Jonathan Ned Katz, OutHistory Director, of the website in development on LGBTQ and heterosexual history, produced by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, New York City. Discuss globalizing; teachers and students using the site; and more. Free sandwiches and drinks for 20.

Website for AHA 2009 Conference:

The AHA and its members have drawn inspiration from the historical scholarship of colleagues in other lands from the very beginnings of the organization. In 1885, the year following its foundation, the AHA extended its first honorary membership to Leopold von Ranke, and it has since added another 88 honorary foreign members to its rolls. In keeping with this tradition, the theme for the 2009 annual meeting will be Globalizing Historiography. This theme encourages AHA members to expand and interrogate the boundaries of their discipline by examining the relationship of professional historical scholarship in the American historical community with professional historical scholarship as practiced elsewhere.

One of the great strengths of American historical scholarship over the past four decades has been its remarkable ability to enlarge the scope of its concerns in response to the changing demographic patterns of recruitment into the historical profession. The receptivity of the American historical profession to new influences both foreign and domestic has led to increasing concern with issues of diaspora, migration, and immigration, tied to older concerns with race and ethnicity, and to the emergence of the new field of transnational history. It has also involved recognition that many of the conventions and analytical categories of the discipline of history, as practiced in the United States, were originally created in a global context (for instance, of imperialism and colonialism), and are thus already deeply implicated in perceptions of global interactions and exchanges. The 2009 annual meeting offers an opportune moment to renew and deepen AHA members' commitments to fruitful awareness of the global context in which we work, and to a certain extent have always worked, by explicitly Globalizing Historiography.

The chosen theme for the 2009 annual meeting might take historians in multiple, distinct yet overlapping directions as they formulate plans for potential sessions. For some it may prompt efforts to rescue history from the nation by framing national histories in larger, and more appropriate, contexts. For others it may support programs already underway to internationalize historical understanding by bringing perspectives of scholars from different lands to bear on national histories. For yet others, it may provoke a challenge to the very legitimacy of the discourse of "globalization," or its relevance to historiography. It will certainly invite consideration of the nature of modern historical scholarship in light of differing national and cultural traditions of historical thought and practice. To what extent do AHA members share the thematic, theoretical, methodological, and analytical concerns of their colleagues in other lands? To what extent do such concerns diverge, and how might the perspectives of professional historians beyond North America challenge and enrich the work of AHA members? To what extent do particular national and cultural traditions hamper communication and understanding among professional historians in different lands? How do the shifting, and (arguably) ever more intensively global, contexts in which we live and work inflect the work of historians, both here and abroad? How does one approach and write the history of "premodern" societies in light of the new perspectives generated by transnational and global history? Are the theoretical and methodological principles of historiography sensitive to the changing global conditions within which the writing of history takes place and if not, should they be? Can, or should, historiography be truly globalized? These are but a fraction of the questions we hope to raise through the chosen theme, Globalizing Historiography.

Conference: "Sex/ualities In and Out of Time"; Edinburgh, U.K., November 28-29, 2008

Edinburgh - St Andrews Interdisciplinary Sex/ualities Conference 2008

Conference Focus: The question of time has become a major concern in critical theory and is proving to be a particularly useful means of approaching gender and sex/uality. Important recent work in the field of gender studies and queer theory has begun to explicitly address and render visible how time comes to structure and determine the meaning of bodily experiences and expressions. Non-normative sex/ualities are commonly delegated out of time, for instance, via the promise of futurity and the negation of historical grounding and traditions. The attempt to locate these very same bodies and their sexual practices in time raises the question whether time can be refigured or manipulated in order to open up the possibility of epistemological and ontological alternatives. This conference aims to explore present and past narratives of sexuality, the various links between heterogeneous temporalities and dissident sex/ualities and to ask what is at stake in the recent turn to time in gender studies and queer theory.

The conference is interdisciplinary and open to all research students and academics. We strongly encourage proposals from doctoral students at any stage of their research and from all disciplines.

Topics for papers can include, but are not limited to: - Investigating and challenging normative figurations of time and becoming - Back to the roots: alternative genealogies, queer historiographies and the desire for traditions - Histories of sex/uality and possible rewritings of the history of sex/uality - No future, queer future? Queer theory reproductivity and the struggle with futurity - Queer utopias/dystopias - Visionary sex: future sex practices and technophilic constructions of sex/uality - Representing time/sex: temporal erotics in film, literature and modern culture - Temporalities and sex/ualities in narration - History and development of gender/sex/ualities studies: where we are now? - Post-gender: the end of gender and/or gender studies? - Temporalising sex/ualities: anticipation, identity and desire - How sexuality can be used to rethink time

Submission Details:

Please send a 300-word abstract for 20-mintue papers along with your name and affiliation to by 15th August. The organisers will contact successful applicants by 25th August with full details and registration information. Please indicate in your email if you are an AHRC-funded doctoral student.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Judith Halberstam & Professor Claire Colebrook. Round Table Participants: Professor Lorna Hutson, Professor Laura Marcus, Professor Gill Plain, Dr Sarah Dillon. The conference is a joint venture between the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh and supported by the AHRC.

OutHistory's Official Launch Party! Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Copyright (c) by Caryn Gutterman, 2008. All rights reserved.

ALMS Conference, NEW YORK CITY, MAY 8-10, 2008

Conference of GLBT Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections (ALMS)


CLAGS will host an extraordinary international conference focusing on GLBT Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections (ALMS) and the archivists, librarians, researchers, artists, activists, and volunteers who work with them. This will be the 2nd ALMS conference since 2006 to explore the construction, use, organization, reflection, and preservation of queer archival material, collections, and research. For details see:

Friday, May 9, 11 am-12:15 pm, Rm C204-5

Building Queer Communities, Building Queer Websites: New Digital Resources from CLAGS

  • Sarah Chinn, CLAGS
  • Lynley Wheaton, CLAGS,
  • Jonathan Ned Katz,
  • Nomvuyo Nolutshungu,IRN

Bringing Us All Together: The 101st Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians

Friday, March 28 to Monday, March 31, 2008

Hilton New York, West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas

The one-hundredth and first annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians will be held in New York City, answering a call to bring us all together. The last generation or so of scholarship in American history has excavated the experiences and concerns of a wide array of Americans. Our field now advances a far more expansive definition than ever before of what it means to live an American life. We not only know about people of many genders and races, we see class and region as integral dimensions of American identity. Scholars writing in languages other than English and living outside the United States are also valued members of the community of American historians.

For more information:

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