Welcome to the homepage of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association. The Committee on Lesbian and Gay History was founded in 1979 to promote the study of homosexuality in the past and present by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of cultures. The name of the committee was changed to Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in January 2009. Since 1982, the Committee has been officially recognized as an affiliate of the American Historical Association and meets annually in conjunction with the AHA conference, where we sponsor sessions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. One need not be a member of the AHA to join the Committee.

Committee on LGBT History Releases Groundbreaking Report Proposing Revisions to California’s K-12 History Framework

San Francisco – As the California Department of Education goes into its public process to update the state’s K-12 History-Social Science Framework, the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History has released Making the Framework FAIR: California History-Social Science Framework Proposed LGBT Revisions Related to the FAIR Education Act. In 2011, the FAIR Education Act amended the state’s Education Code to ensure that the roles and contributions of LGBT people and people with disabilities are honestly portrayed in K-12 history instruction. Making the Framework FAIR urges the Department of Education to embrace a transformational approach that expands students’ abilities to understand gender and sexuality as changing historical categories and lenses for analyses. This report has the input of 20 leading scholars of LGBT history as well as feedback from Californian K-12 educators. Adopting the proposed revisions will bring the Framework up to date, so that today’s students get an education of the past that prepares them for today’s realities. This will, in turn, promote the participation of an active, responsible citizenry in our increasingly diverse society. Making the Framework FAIR can also serve as a best-practices template for similar efforts toward ending the exclusion of LGBT history from K-12 education across the country.

“Making the Framework FAIR shows how the California Department of Education should take the opportunity of the FAIR Education Act to bring the state’s K-12 History Framework into the 21st century,” said report lead editor Don Romesburg, a professor at Sonoma State University and co-chair of the Committee on LGBT History. “As surely as the inclusion of people of color, women, and people with disabilities transforms the way the past is understood, so does the incorporation of gender-based analyses and an appreciation of changing sexual identities and politics. Merely additive references to figures such as Harvey Milk are not enough. History education should capture scholarship-based understandings of how families, communities, social practices, policy, and politics across all of U.S. history shaped and were shaped by diverse forces. Students deserve to learn in ways that empower them with tools to conduct diverse forms of analysis, multiple interpretations of evidence, and exploration of change and continuity over time. This report’s proposed revisions do just that.”

In brief, recommended Framework revisions by grade and theme include:

• Grade 2: LGBT families in the context of understanding family diversity as a contemporary and historical reality
• Grade 4: Central roles played by gender and sexuality in California’s history as a site of rich, contested, and changing diversity
• Grade 5: Variation over time, region, and culture in colonial American practices and laws with regard to gender and sexuality
• Grade 8: Fundamental transformations in gender and sexuality in conjunction with nineteenth-century urbanization and industrialization
• Grade 11: The evolution of modern LGBT communities and identities; twentieth-century persecution of sexual and gender minorities and the growth of the LGBT civil rights movement

In Summer 2014, a focus group of K-12 educators gave Making the Framework FAIR a test run. Response was positive, suggesting that revisions would be a relief and support legally mandated work that teachers wanted to do but did not necessarily have the background to implement. One educator said, “In my school the teachers would appreciate … the richness that [the proposed revisions] provide for their own teaching.” Similarly, one teacher noted that because the transformational approach does not “add another unit, it’s not one more thing to squeeze in the year.” Rather, she said, it is, “‘Let’s reframe how we’re teaching and look at it through a different lens’.”

Over a dozen historians from around the nation made revision suggestions. They focused on LGBT history but included related material on gender, race, class, and disability. An Executive Committee made up of Don Romesburg (Sonoma State University), Leila Rupp (University of California, Santa Barbara), and David Donahue (Mills College) evaluated revisions and justifications for accuracy, relevance to the U.S. history survey, and grade-appropriate content. The final report includes recommended revisions, scholarship-supported justifications, and suggested resources for teachers.

For the executive summary and downloadable full report, visit clgbthistory.org/resources/fair-framework.



The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History calls for nominations for its 2015 John Boswell and Joan Nestle Prizes.

The John Boswell Prize is awarded for an outstanding book on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history published in English in 2013 or 2014. Learn more at http://clgbthistory.org/prizes/john-boswell-prize/.

The Joan Nestle Undergraduate Prize is awarded for an outstanding paper on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history completed in English by an undergraduate student in 2013 or 2014. Learn more at http://clgbthistory.org/prizes/joan-nestle-prize/.

Students, faculty, authors, readers, editors, or publishers can nominate. Self-nominations are encouraged. For John Boswell Prize-nominated books, authors/editors should work with publishers to mail one copy to each member of the Prize Committee. Please email PDFs of Joan Nestle Undergraduate Prize submissions to each committee member with the nominee’s name in the subject line. Questions can be addressed to prize committee chair Estelle Freedman.

2015 Prize Committee:

*Dr. Estelle Freedman, Chair, Department of History, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Building 200, Stanford, CA 94305-2024, ebf@stanford.edu

*Dr. T.J. Tallie, c/o Jennifer Ashworth, Newcomb Hall, 204 West Washington Street, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450, ttallie@gmail.com

*Dr. Mir Yarfitz, Department of History, Wake Forest University, Tribble Hall B101, P.O. Box 7806, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, yarfitmh@wfu.edu

Mailed submissions must be postmarked by 3 October 2014; emailed submissions must be postmarked by 11:59pm (Pacific time), 3 October 2014. Please note that the deadline is earlier this year than in years past.

Winners will be announced at the Committee on LGBT History’s annual reception at the 2015 American Historical Association Conference in New York City.

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, meets annually in conjunction with the AHA conference and sponsor LGBTQ history sessions. It advocates for LGBTQ history broadly, including the development of LGBTQ studies courses, inclusion of LGBTQ topics in history curricula, promotion of LGBTQ archival and public history projects, and coordination with other professional caucuses. The CLGBTH also seeks to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ historians, in keeping with AHA policies. Visit us at clgbthistory.org/. “Like” us on Facebook at: tinyurl.com/clgbthfb.

[2.3.14]: 2015 AHA CFP: Promiscuous Interdisciplinarity and Other CLGBTH Panels
Based on the tremendous success of our last two American Historical Association queer conferences-within-a-conference (“Queer Souths” at the 2013 AHA and “Local/National/Transnational Queer Interactions” at the 2014 AHA), the Committee on LGBT History is again proposing a special slate of panels and roundtables to present to the AHA Program Committee for consideration for the 2015 conference in New York. While each panel will be vetted by the AHA committee, they will understand that the CLGBTH hopes to have these curated as a slate.

The theme of the 2015 AHA is “History and the Other Disciplines.” While we are happy to have the CLGBTH listserv and Facebook page function as creative spaces for people to put together panels on whatever subject they like, the Committee on LGBT History is specifically seeking fix or six panels that will be in a special track entitled, “Promiscuous Interdisciplinarity.” Through these panels and roundtables, we want to engage in questions related to the necessity of LGBTQ history and historians to enter into frequent and persistent interdisciplinary relationships with our subjects, archives, colleagues, and profession. What are exemplary uses of interdisciplinarity in LGBTQ history making? How can certain observations, narratives, and subjects only emerge through interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies? How do queer, trans-, and bi histories compel particular forms of methodological, geographic, temporal, and archival promiscuity? How does a framing of lesbian and gay history through intersectionality mandate disciplinary transgression, perversion, and polyamory? What kinds of crossing, passing, pleasure, shame, invigoration, and exhaustion does the creation and promotion of interdisciplinary LGBTQ history and historians within our profession (and beyond) produce? We welcome scholarship on all geographic areas and would love to have at least two of the sessions be explicitly transnational and/or comparative. Promiscuous interdisciplinarity also means that you don’t have to be a “historian” to do history, and to that end we also encourage creative connections with scholars from other fields doing historically inflected LGBTQ work. We welcome wanton and licentious intermixing–bring it on!

The CLGBTH also welcomes panels and roundtables not directly related to our main theme. At the 2014 AHA, for example, in addition to our “Local/National/Transnational” track, we had a wonderful roundtable on alternative academic careers for LGBTQ scholars as well as multisession programming on queering archives as well as queerness and childhood.

The deadline for possible papers and panels on our special track is February 3. While we prefer assembled sessions, we will also build sessions from individual paper submissions as needed. If you are submitting a panel, please email us the following:

• Session title (of no more than 20 words)
• Session abstract (up to 500 words)
• Paper or presentation titles
• Abstract or description for each presentation (up to 300 words)
• Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words) for each participant
• Correct e-mail address for each participant
• Affiliation, city, state, and country for each participant
• Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
• Audiovisual needs, if any

If you are submitting a paper, please provide the following:
• Paper or presentation title
• Abstract or description for presentation (up to 300 words)
• Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)
• Correct e-mail address
• Affiliation, city, state, and country
• Audiovisual needs, if any

If you are submitting an LGBTQ panel unrelated to the “Promiscuous Interdisciplinarity” theme, just let us know by February 3 so we can consider sponsorship of it.

All proposals and communications should go to CLGBTH Co-Chairs Jennie Brier (jbrier@uic.edu) and Don Romesburg (romesbur@sonoma.edu). All people accepted into CLGBTH programs are required to be current paid members of our organization. You can sign up for or renew membership here: http://clgbthistory.org/members/joinrenew-with-paypal/.

The final AHA Program Committee deadline is February 15. For details about AHA submissions, see the AHA submission page: http://www.historians.org/annual-meeting/submit-a-proposal.

We will submit the program we create to the program committee and ask that they accept the entire slate. If, for one reason or another, some sessions are not accepted, we can consider including them in our affiliated program, which is submitted after we know the results of the program committee’s deliberations.



1:00 PM-3:00 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Wilson Room B)
Outing the Past: Queering History and Historicizing the Queer

Chair: Susan Freeman, Western Michigan University

• Catherine O. Jacquet, Macalester College
• Colin R. Johnson, Indiana University Bloomington
• Darnell L. Moore, Hetrick-Martin Institute
• Leila J. Rupp, University of California, Santa Barbara

3:30-5:30 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Virginia Suite)
Local/National/Transnational Queer Interactions, Part 1: Queering the Transnational History of HIV/AIDS

Chair: Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago

Papers presented:
• “Revolutionary Reasoning: Herbert Daniel and the Genesis of New Ways to Think about AIDS in Brazil in the 1980s,” James N. Green, Brown University
• “Before HIV: Homosex and Venereal Disease, c. 1939–84,” Richard A. McKay, King’s College London
• “The ‘International Coming-Out Party’: Transnational AIDS Activism in South Africa, 2000–04,” Mandisa Mbali, Stellenbosch University
• “Still Acting Up: Philadelphia AIDS Activism into the Twenty-First Century,” Daniel Royles, University of Angers

5:30-7:30 PM (Marriott Wardman Park’s Delaware Suite)
Co-Sponsored screening of Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution (2012)


8:30 AM-10:00 AM (Marriott Wardman Park, Maryland Suite A)
Local/National/Transnational Queer Interactions, Part 2: Scaling Queer Archives

Chair: Kevin Murphy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Papers presented:
• “The Irish Queer Archive: Institutionalization, Archival Practice, and Historical Narrative,” Edward Madden, University of South Carolina Columbia
• “Archives in Motion/Delegates across Borders,” E. G. Crichton, University of California, Santa Cruz
• “Archiving and Interpreting Lesbian Communities, 1975–99,” Bonnie Morris, George Washington University
• “Archives of Sexual Crossings: The Meanings of Puerto Rican Topless Transgender Performer Vicki Starr,” Horatio Roque Ramírez, University of California, Santa Barbara

Comment: Kevin Murphy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

10:30 AM-12:00 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Madison Room B)
The Queer Archival Turn?
Co-Sponsor: MARHO: The Radical Historians’ Organization

Chair: Regina G. Kunzel, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

• Regina G. Kunzel, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
• Daniel Marshall, Deakin University
• Tavia Nyong’o, New York University
• Zeb Tortorici, New York University
• Pete Sigal, Duke University

Comment: The Audience

12 PM-1 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Congressional Boardroom)
Committee on LGBT History Membership/Business Meet

2:30 PM-4:30 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Madison Room B)
Local/National/Transnational Queer Interactions, Part 3: The Personal Is the Political Is the Locational—Reassessing Queer North American History

Chair: Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University

Papers presented:
• “’Piss-Elegant Queen’: Real Estate and the ‘Homosexual Bourgoisie’ in Postwar Manhattan,” Stephen Vider, Harvard University
• “What’s The T?: Rumor, Gossip and Black Queer Historiography in a Chocolate City,” Kwame Holmes, University of Colorado, Boulder
• “The Bohemian Challenge to Gay Liberation, 1960-1975,” Thomas Winfield Hafer, City University of New York, Graduate Center
• “Canada and Canadians in the ‘U.S.’ Homophile Press,” Marc Stein, York University
• “’Crimes That Changed the LGBT World:’ Claiming Kitty Genovese as a Queer Icon,” Marcia M. Gallo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Comment: Audience

6:30 PM-8:30 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Wilson Room A)
Committee on LGBT History and Coordinating Council for Women in History Reception


9:00 AM-11:00 AM (Marriott Wardman Park, Truman Room)
Historicizing the Queerness of Childhood

Chair: Richard Godbeer, University of Miami

Papers presented:

• “‘That Cursed School Wickedness of Masturbation’: Childhood Pedagogies of Sexuality in Early Nineteenth-Century North America,” Greta LaFleur, Yale University
• “Transgender Tendencies in Antebellum Children’s Literature,” Jennifer Manion, Connecticut College
• “The Sex of ‘Hindoo’ Children: Religion and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century America,” Brian Connolly, University of South Florida at Tampa
• “Girls’ Sexuality and Narratives of Exploitation in Early Twentieth-Century Teen Marriages,” Nicholas L. Syrett, University of Northern Colorado

Comment: Richard Godbeer, University of Miami

11:30 AM-1:30 PM (Washington Hilton, Columbia Hall 7)
Queer Margins and American Youth
Co-Sponsor: Society for the History of Children and Youth

Chair: Gillian Avrum Frank, Princeton University

• “Vanguard Revisited: Queer Ritual and World Making in the Tenderloin,” Joey Plaster, Yale University
• “The Children of 1969: Growing up in Queer Cultures of the 1970s,” Daniel W. Rivers, Ohio State University at Columbus
• “Queer Margins in Early Twentieth Century Domestic and Pedagogic Places,” Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University
Comment: Gillian Avrum Frank, Stony Brook University

2:30 PM-4:30 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Johnson Room)
#ALTAC-Q: LGBTQ Historical Scholarship and Alternative Academic Careers

Chair: Alexandra M. Lord, Ultimate History Project

• Christianne Gadd, Lehigh University
• Shane Landrum, Florida International University
• Ian K. Lekus, South Asian Arts Council
• Bonnie Morris, George Washington University

Comment: Christina B. Hanhardt, University of Maryland at College Park


8:30 AM-10:30 AM (Marriott Wardman Park, Delaware Suite A)
Local/National/Transnational Queer Interactions , Part 4: Governmentality and LGBT Lives

Chair: David Serlin, University of California, San Diego

Papers presented:
• “The Dream that Dare not Speak Its Name: Civil Rights Rhetoric and the Fight for Gay Military Service,” Steve Estes, Sonoma State University
• “Same-sex Marriage and the Construction of Citizenship in Contemporary South Africa,” Amy Harris, Purdue University
• “The Politics of Archives and the Fraught History of Queer Hungary,” Anita Andrea Kurimay, European University Institute
• “Migrants, Miscreants and Model Citizens: Female-Bodied Men and Immigration Politics, 1901-1918,” Emily E. Skidmore, Texas Tech University

Comment: David Serlin, University of California, San Diego

11:00 AM-1:00 PM (Marriott Wardman Park, Truman Room) Local/National/Transnational Queer Interactions , Part 5: Localizing LGBT Politics in Activism, Affect, and Exchange

Chair: Vicki L. Eaklor, Alfred University

Papers presented:
• “Oppression, Sickness, and the State: Conflicting Forms of Resistance in 1970s Los Angeles,” Katie Batza, Gettysburg College
• “Queer Liberalism, Direct Democracy, and Political Strategies: Debates in the Fight against Seattle’s Initiative 13 and the Evolution of Civil Rights Liberalism,“ Kevin McKenna, University of Washington
• “Stepping Out of Bounds in a Globalizing World: Sri Lankan Diaspora in Lebanon, Same-Sex Desire, and Transgenderism,” Monica Smith, National University of Singapore

Comment: Vicki L. Eaklor, Alfred University