QHC 2024 Conference Program

QHC 24 Program – June 10-13, 2024

California State University, Fullerton


Monday, June 10 

Opening Reception – 6:00-8:00

George G. Golleher Alumni House

*This opening reception is generously sponsored by the ONE Institute* 


Tuesday, June 11

Session 1 – 9:00-10:30am

 Queer Spatial Histories and Imaginaries

  • Chair: Alex Burnett, University of Michigan
  • Planning the Gay City: Incorporation, Redevelopment, and the Formation of West Hollywood, Gus Wendel, UCLA
  • The Life & Death of Great Lesbian Bars: Queer Community Spaces throughout Los Angeles, Marisa Turesky, UC Berkeley 
  • Golden Globes Go Global, Sorta, John Howard, King’s College London
  • Leasing Uptown: Building a Movement in 1970s Oklahoma City, Brooke Lefler, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Discussant: Alex Burnett

 Shifting Historical & Contemporary Narratives of Trans People 

  • Chair: Scott Larson, University of Michigan
  • Anti-Trans Legislation, “Parental Rights,” and Deputizing Care, ash stephens, University of Illinois at Chicago
  •  Policing (Trans) Gender: Australian Experiences of Gender Diversity in Police Encounters from the Turn of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day,Adrien McCrory
  • Discussant: Jaden Janak, St. Olaf College

Young Love: Queer Youth in the Twentieth-Century U.S.

  • Chair: Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University
  •  “A Very Crushable, Kissable Girl”: Queer Love and the Invention of the Abnormal Girl Among College Women in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Wendy Rouse, San Jose State University
  • Dear Robert”: Family, Peers, and Everyday Violence in the Lives of Gay Youth, 1960-1985m Amanda Littauer, Northern Illinois University
  • Queer Youth Liberation: Street Kids and The Politics of Protection, 1970-1990, Tyler Carson, Rutgers University
  • A Different Kind of AIDS Education: The Weaponization of HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma K-12 Classrooms, 1987-2000, Jennifer L. Holland, University of Oklahoma

Break: 10:30-10:45am

Session 2: 10:45am-12:15pm

Resources for Teaching LGBTQ+ history in US History/Civics Courses

  • Wendy Rouse, San Jose State University
  • Chris Lewis, Chapman University
  • Trevor Ladner, ONE Institute
  • Rob Darrow, Safe Schools Project, Santa Cruz County

Queer Art

  • Chair: Patty Gone, UCLA
  • A Double-Edged Sword: Larry Kramer and the Legacy of The Normal Heart, Anthony Guerrero, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • The Unspent Strength of Eternal Youth: Fat Boys, Roman Gods, and the Queer Politics of Public Sculpture in New York City, David Churchill, University of Manitoba
  • Dancing Queer Histories: Unruly Bodies, Transtemporal Choreographies, and Cultural Memories, Mair W. Culbreth, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The Battle for Intro. 2: Revisiting the New York City Gay Rights Bill, 1971–1986

  • Chair: Annie Valk, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Interracial Alliances in the Gay Rights Movement: Men of All Colors Together Combat Racism and Homophobia on the Streets of New York, Stephen Petrus, LaGuardia Community College
  • Debating Trans Inclusion during the Campaign for New York City’s Gay Rights Bill, Maggie Schreiner, CUNY Graduate Center
  • “No Need Has Been Demonstrated”: Exploring the Opposition to the New York City Gay Rights Bill, David Wondrack, Rutgers University-Newark

Global Perspectives on Queer Archives and Narratives

  •  Chair: Elspeth Brown, University of Toronto
  • Failure in the Archive: Visibility and Invisibility in Trans-history Writing, Ezgi Sarıtaş, Ankara University
  • The Double Side of Ethnography: Indigenous Knowledge and Racist Constructs of “Puberty Rites” in East Africa, Corrie Decker, University of California, Davis
  • “all the dead being here anyway and all of us being obviously doomed”: Gumbs’ M Archives a conduit for the trans-dead and still-may-be living, G Koffink, Oregon State University
  • Archival (Im)possibilities: Queer(ing) Childhoods in the Late Ottoman Empire, Tuğçe Kayaal, Furman University

Lunch – 12:15 – 1:30pm (Lunch is provided)

Session 3 – 1:30-3:00pm  

Mexican Queer Self Fashioning and Cultural Politics

  •  Chair: Anne Rubenstein, York University  
  • The Devil in Mexican Queer Cultural Production, 1970s-Present, Juan Carlos Mezo-González, York University
  • Macho but Cursi: The Paradox of Luis González de Alba, Martin Nesvig, University of Miami
  • The Power and Limits of Queer Parody. The Imperial Court System’s Role in Fighting HIV/AIDS and shaping LGBT activism in Tijuana, Mexico, Martín H. González Romero, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
  • Discussant: Anne Rubenstein

Queer Bodily Transgressions

  • Chair: Shay Olmstead, University of Massachusetts
  • Queering the Archive: Josie Martin, Gender Transgression, and Black Intersex Identity, Candice Lyons, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Too Fat To Be Straight: Queering the History of the Ob*sity Epidemic in the UK, Carlie Pendleton, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • “To Have Another Body:” Medicalized Bodies, Embodied Resistance, and Trans* Existence in Post-War Italy, Avery McGraw, University of Connecticut
  • Feeling Fat: Bodies, Affect, and Eroticism from HIV to Obesity, Caleb Luna, University of California, Santa Barbara

Domestic Alternative Intimacies of the Fin-De-Siècle

  • Chair & Commentator : Cookie Woolner, University of Memphis
  • Dianism: Social Reform, Eugenics, and the Reconstruction of Sex, 1883-1895, Dan Joslyn, New York University
  • Till Death Do Us Part: Joint Tenancy, Memory, and Black Queer Kinship, 1918-1944, Mix Mann, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
  • Reassessing the “Skirted Secretary of State”: Reproductive Labor, Alternative Domesticities, and the Making of Gender at the Turn of the Century, Cassandra Euphrat Weston, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The Forms of Liberation: Respectability, Community, and Competing Visions of Queer Politics in the Late Twentieth Century

  • Chair: Victor Javier Aguilar, San Francisco State University
  • How to stop the homophile revolution: NACHO and the scales of community, Mori Reithmayr, Rothermere American Institute
  • Virginia’s Princedom: American Transvestite Interventions into Scandinavian Trans* Identity and Community Formation, 1965-1990”, Emory Ogaard, University of Utah
  • From Deviance to Alienation: The Liberationist Critique of the ‘Old Gay world’, Ben Serby, Adelphi University
  • The Gay Ambassador: Alan Robinson, FM Books, and the Birth of a New Orleans Gay Identity, Katelyn Spencer, Louisiana State University

Break: 3:00-3:30pm

Keynote Lecture – 3:30-5:00pm

  • Introduction: Eric Gonzaba, Cal State Fullerton & Nick Syrett, University of Kansas
  • Speaker: Amy Sueyoshi, San Francisco State University


Wednesday, June 12

Session 4 – 9:00-10:30am

Peru Marica or the Complexities of Being Maricon in a Bicentennial Republic 

  • Chair: Martin Nesvig, University of Miami
  • On mariconizar: A lustful rampage through mid-twentieth century Lima, Diego Galdo-González, University of Amsterdam
  • Without effeminacy or scandals: The construction of a gay identity far from the transvestite and marica in Lima (1975-1985), Giancarlo Mori Bolo, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Giant Penises and Second-Class Citizens: Homosexual Subjects and Subjectivities in Marco Aurelio Denegri’s Fáscinum (1972-1973), Ilse de Ycaza Clerc, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Return to Androginopolis: The trope of the “negro maricón” in Peruvian History
    Magally Alegre Henderson, Instituto Riva-Agüero, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Discussant: Martin Nesvig

A Matter of Honor: Same-Sex Acts in the Military in 20th Century East-Central Europe

  • Chair: Dan Healey, University of Oxford
  • The Queer History of Colonel Redl: Dishonoring the Habsburg Army, Mark Cornwall, University of Southampton
  • Conflicting Values: Between Military Honor and Queer Love in Late Austria-Hungary, Daniel Gunz, University of Vienna
  • “A Manifestation of Homosexual Tendencies Unleashed by Alcohol.” Hierarchies of Dishonor: Alcohol, Cocaine and Homosexuality in the Interwar Polish Army, Kamil Karczewski, University of London
  • “I am Ashamed for the Government and I am Ashamed for the Country”: Debates about Military Honor and Homosexuality during the Wörner-Kießling Affair, Friederike Bruehoefener, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

Queer Representation in Archives and Curricula

  •  Chair: Candice Lyons, UC Santa Barbara 
  • Representation of Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals in Institutional Archives: A Nationwide Sample Search, Emily Brenner, University of Denver and Jay Williams, University of Denver
  • Interrogating the Intangible: Víctor Fernández Fragoso’s Archive and Posthumous Legacy, Herbert Duran, Hunter College, CUNY
  • Framing Sexual and Gender Identities in the School History Curriculum: An International Perspective, Olivier Berton, Université Paris-Est Créteil

Herstories of Trans Femininity

  • Chair: Jamey Jesperson, University of Victoria
  • The Trans Orient: A Trans History of Chineseness, Aixia Huang, University of London
  • Thang Sai Thee Sam (The Third Pathway) Novel As Archive: Inspiring a Kathoey ‘Herstorian’, Chanathip (Esther) Suwannanon, University of Victoria
  • Putas y Locas: Religious Trans Latina Embodiment in The Salt Mines and Shamans of the Foye Tree, Sam Dolores Sanchinel, University of Toronto
  • Seeing Trans Feminine Porn/Hearing Trans Feminine Porn Workers, Chris Aino Pihlak, University of Toronto

Break – 10:30-10:45am

Session 5 – 10:45am-12:15pm

Forging Queer Identities

  • Chair: Christopher Ewing, Purdue University
  • “Among the Gays, if in groups I feel a bit of an outsider”: Queer Holocaust Survival and (Un)Belonging in Annette Eick’s Journals, Sarah Ernst, University of Southern California
  • The Evidence of Memory: Childhood Recollections and the Formation of Modern Queer Identity in Germany, 1860-1914, Ezra Gerard, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Phallic Protheses, Prurient Interrogators: Stories of Self-Fashioning, Transience, and Judicial Prosecution in Early Modern and Modern Iberia (Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries)

  • Chair: Zeb Tortorici, NYU
  • A Francoist Phallic Fixation: enforcing binary views through the life story of a former nun, Moisés Fernández Cano, European University Institute (EUI)
  • “Miembro figurado de yeso”: Scandal, Male Passing, and Extraordinariness in Nineteenth Century Spain, Javier Fernandez Galeano, Universitat de València
  • Corrupt Penises and Holy Dispensations: Unstable Bodies and Identities in Early Modern Spain, Mónica Morado Vázquez, European University Institute (EUI)
  • “Transient Identities”: Sinners Against Nature Fleeing the Inquisition in the 17th Century, Arantxa Sola, Universitat de València
  • Discussant: Zeb Tortorici

Trans and Gender Nonconforming Histories of The Carceral State

  • Chair: Regina Kunzel, Yale University
  • “She reacted sharply, withdrew, and asserted that her “only problem” was a place to stay”: The Pathologization and Criminalization of Gender Nonconformity among Black and Brown Youth at Mid-Century, Daniela Valdes, Rutgers University
  • Free Our Trans Sisters: #Free CeCe, Prison Solidarity Work, and Abolitionist Futures, Jaden Janak, St. Olaf College
  • Trapped In The Wrong Restroom: Bathroom Policing and Intimate Surveillance During The War on Crime, 1966 – 1983, Alex Melody Burnett, University of Michigan
  • Discussant: René Esparza, Washington University

 Bars as Sites of Queer Space 

  • Chair: Tom Hooper, York University
  •  “Why do Women go to Lesbian Bars? I mean[laughs]”: Exploring the Significance of Sex and Intimacy in Lesbian Social Life and Commercial Space in London at the end of the Twentieth Century, Beth Charlton, University College London
  • Chicago Police Raid Gay Bars, 1969-1989, Jake La Fronz, Rutgers University-Camden
  • Creating Queer Space: Female Impersonators and Bars in Miami, Fred Fejes, Florida Atlantic University
  • Geographic Areas of Vice in Dallas: Historical to Present Erasures, Madeleine Rodriquez, University of North Texas, and Courtney Bellamy, Independent Scholar

 Queer Cultural Struggles in the Golden State: New Directions in Queer Californian Historiography

  • Chair:Amy Sueyoshi, San Francisco State University
  • In Queer Excess of the Daddy Tank: A Carceral History of Los Angeles, Dan Bustillo, University of California, Los Angeles
  • A Different Light in the Golden State: LGBTQ+ Bookstores and Community Building at San Francisco’s A Different Light in the 1980s and 1990s, Sarah Dunne, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • The Gay Girls Riding Club and the Politics of Pseudonyms in Pre-Stonewall Los Angeles Gay Media History, Finley Freibert, Southern Illinois University
  • Irvine, California: A “Gay Mecca”?: The Battle Over Measure N, Haleigh Marcello, University of California, Irvine

Navigating the Shadows: Sex Work, Queerness & Activism in 1980 and 1990s Western Europe (VIRTUAL)

  • Chair: Nancy Bruseker, Independent Scholar
  • Beyond Racism? Sex Workers’ Rights Activism, Race and Queerness in West Berlin in the 1980s, Nikolaos Papadogiannis, University of Stirling
  • Migrant Sex Workers and AIDS: Italy 1990, Giulia Sbaffi, New York University
  • Queering the Margins: Sex Work and HIV/AIDS in Thatcherite Britain, Lola Dickinson, Birkbeck, University of London

 Lunch – 12:15-1:30pm (Lunch is provided) 

Session 6 – 1:30-3:00pm

Queer Lives in Twentieth-Century Ireland and England

  • Chair: Averill Earls, Saint Olaf College
  •  “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Irish”: Excavating Transatlantic Queer Identity Through the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, Gracelyn Barmore-Pooley, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • The Enemy Across the Barricades: Gay Men’s Experiences of the Troubles, Anthony Ó. Donnghaile Drummond, Leeds Beckett University
  •  “It Doesn’t Need Gay Bars, Does it?”: Black Sociality and Queer (Il)legibility in Liverpool 8, 1967-1997, Khalil R. West, European University Institute 

Making Use of the Law in U.S. Queer and Trans Histories

  • Chair: Chris Aino Pihlak, University of Toronto
  • “I Want to Stay Here with My Aunts”: Queer Child Custody and Childrearing in the 19th Century Brianne Felsher, University of California, Berkeley
  • Governing Homemakers and Breadwinners: A Legal History of Southern Evangelical College, 1860-1969, Elissa Branum, Rutgers University
  • Cementing a “Cis State”; Writing Transsexuals out of Disability Law, 1971-1992, Shay R. Olmstead, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • “Transsexual discovers officialdom insensitive”: Trans Women’s Modes of Legal Redress in the Late 1970s, Myra Billund-Phibbs, University of Minnesota

Visualizing Survival: Recovering a Queer History of Comics

  • Chair: Jed Samer, Clark University
  • Considering Survival from the Nineties: Funny Animal Fandom and the Strategies of Futurity in Circles and Extinctioners, Brandy J. Lewis, University of California, Riverside
  • Let’s Talk About Sexuality: Lesbian Cartoonist Zine Subcultures in the 1990s, Margaret Galvan, University of Florida
  • Queering the AIDS Ward: Flexible Boundaries and Queer Intimacies in MK Czerwiec’s Taking Turns, Nicholas Derda, University of Southern California

Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms in an Era of Backlash

  • Chair: Wendy Rouse, San Jose State University
  • Panelists:
    • Olive Garrison, Kern High School District & CSU Bakersfield
    • Trevor Ladner, ONE Institute
    • Stacie Brensilver Berman, New York University

Break – 3:00-3:30pm

Session 7 – 3:30-5:00pm

Cyber Queer: Early Internet LGBTQ+ Histories

  • Chair: Lisa Arellano, Mills College
  • Digital “Blackouts” as an AIDS-informed Protest Tactic, Cait McKinney, Simon Fraser University
  • LGBTQ+ Internet Guidebooks and the Making of Digital Networks, Physical, Alex Ketchum, McGill University
  • Connecting Our Community: The Role of LGBTQ Nonprofits in the Early Internet Era, Avery Dame-Griff, Gonzaga University
  • Hardware, Software, Liveware: The LGBTQ+ Bulletin Board Systems of GayCom, Kat Brewster, University of Michigan 

Queer Circulations, Networks, and Activisms in 20th-Century Latin America

  • Chair: Juan Carlos Mezo-González, York University
  • An Imbricated History: Trans/Lesbian Encounters in Twentieth-Century Brazil , Augusta (Guta) da Silveira da Oliveira, Brown University
  • The dynamics of marginalization and internationalization of the Homosexual Movement of Lima, Peru (1982-1995), Joaquin Marreros-Nunez, Brown University
  • Political Flags: The Emergence of Homosexual Movements in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia (1967-1983), Rhanielly Pereira do Nascimento Pinto, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • The immigration of Brazilian travestis to Paris (1970-2016), Marina Silva Duarte, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Transing Across the Sources: New Approaches to Researching Histories of Gender and Sexual Diversity

  • Chair: Colin Johnson, Indiana University
  • “We Don’t Need Another Hero”: The Peril and Promise of Queer Subjectivity in the Nineteenth-Century United States, Jim Downs, Gettysburg College
  • Rosenstengel, Transgressive Fashion, and the Politics of Male Community in Early Modern Germany, John Harvey O’Hara, University of British Columbia
  • AFAB Sex Workers’ Masculine Dress in Early Modern Italy, Leo Thoma-Stemmet, University of Cambridge
  • Beyond Mutual Misunderstandings: Glimpsing Queer African Lives amidst Cartographic (Mis)Representation, Yaari Felber-Seligman, City College of New York

Love Letters, Life Writing, and Blackmail Notes: Recording Masculinities and Desire in Twentieth-Century Britain and Ireland

  • Chair: Tom Hulme, Queen’s University Belfast
  • “I love you so much, I can’t express it”: Love Between Two Men in Ireland, Averill Earls, St. Olaf College
  • “The Moods of an Epicene”: Bachelorhood and Trans Feelings in Edwardian England, Piers Haslam, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • “Paddy” vs. “Mr A”: Irish Men and Sexual Blackmail in Interwar London, Michael Lawrence, Queen’s University Belfast

Care, Community, and Consternation: Community-Engaged Oral History

  • Chair: Eric C. Wat, Independent Scholar
  • Queering the IE: Preservation, Oral History, and Bureaucratization, Cathy Gudis, University of California, Riverside & Jill Surdzial, University of California, Riverside
  • Beyond Best Practices: Community-Centered Oral History and the Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC)
  • Crystal Mun-hye Baik, University of California Riverside & mads lê, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Queer Oral History, Research Creation, and Social Media, Elspeth Brown, University of Toronto & Elio Colavito, University of Toronto

Reception: 6:00-8:00pm

Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Cal State Fullerton, Bacon Pavilion

*This opening reception is generously sponsored by Gale* 


Thursday, June 13

Session 8 – 9:00-10:30am

Queering transnationalism: producing alterity and solidarity in cross-border connections

  • Chair: Anita Kurimay, Bryn Mawr College     
  • An equivocal southern perspective: FUORI!’s internationalism(1971-1978), Riccardo Bulgarelli, European University Institute
  • Hate: A Transatlantic History of Germany’s Violent ‘90s, Christopher Ewing, Purdue University
  • Queer Sub-Saharan migrants in the Netherlands: the intersections of sexuality, race, gender, class and religion, Jamel Buhari, Leiden University

Queer Activism, Queers in Politics

  • Chair: Timothy Stewart-Winter, Rutgers University, Newark  
  • From the Closet to the Classroom: Louis Crompton’s Proseminar in Homophile Studies, John Pollard, Northwestern University
  • Gay Liberation, Homophile Activism, and Bisexuality in 1970s Britain, Martha Robinson Rhodes, Northwestern University
  • A Place for Acceptance and Hatred: Gay Neo-Nazis in 1970s Los Angeles, Emma Bianco, University of California, Santa Barbara
  •  “We Are Not After the Homosexual Vote”: Gays and Lesbians in the 1972 Presidential Election, David Johnson, University of South Florida

 Framing Fields: Strategies and Consequences

  • Chair: Chris Waters, Williams College
  • The Liberal Public Sphere and Queer Political Identity, Charles Upchurch, Florida State University
  • Queerness and Debating at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, c. 1870-1939, Dominic Janes, Keele University
  • Writing Queer History, Matt Cook, Oxford University

Resistant Archives: Making Queer History through (Counter) Archival Practices and Research

  • Chair: Noah Littel, Maastricht University
  • At the Frontiers of Lesbian History: A History of the 1979 Special Issue, Rachel Corbman, University of Toronto
  • Becoming Archival: Muna Tseng and Tseng Kwong Chi, Identity Politics, and the Perils of Queer Time Travel, Benjamin Zender, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Documenting Trans Archives: The Making of Tip/Alli, Jed Samer, Clark University
  • Discussant: Cait McKinney, Simon Fraser University

Publishing in Queer History

  • Chair, Nick Syrett, University of Kansas and Co-Editor, Journal of the History of Sexuality  
  • Panelists:
    • Niels Hooper, Executive Editor, University of California Press
    • Regina Kunzel, Yale University, and Series Co-Editor, Sexuality Studies, Temple University Press
    • Larin McLaughlin, Editorial Director, University of Washington Press
    • Ella Ben Hagai, California State University, Fullerton and Editor-in-Chief. Journal of Lesbian Studies

Break – 10:30-10:45am

Session 9 – 10:45am – 12:15pm  

Queer and Trans Carceralities

  • Chair: Molly Tambor, Long Island University Post
  • “Better than Juvie”: Queer and Trans Youth in Group Homes, Nora Kassner, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Fuck The Police: Law Enforcement, Leather, and the Visual Archive of Pain and Pleasure, Keira Mac Neill, University of Minnesota
  •  A Case Study of Two Carceral Narratives in the Turn-of-the Century British Empire, Kristen Thomas-McGill, University of California, Santa Barbara

Working Toward/With Transgender and Queer Digital Archives

  • Chair: Rachel Corbman, University of Toronto
  • Building Southern Queer Digital Histories, Sarah Calise, Vanderbilt University
  • Gender.network, Sky Syzygy, Independent Artist & Scholar
  • Tracing “Trans*” Activism in Germany: A History at the Intersection of Movement Building, Terminological Debate, Information Sharing, and Network Technology, c. 1994–2001, Eliot Gisel, University of Zurich
  • Science, Sex, and Security: The Queer Afterlives of Alan Turing on net.motss, 1983-1986, Corey D Clawson, Rutgers University, Newark
  • Insufficient Memory to Queer American Monuments, Sean Fader, New York University

Policing in the UK and US

  • Chair: Charles Upchurch, Florida State University 
  • Mapping the Prosecution of Sexualized Behaviors between Males in Lancashire County, England, 1850-1918, K. G. Valente, Colgate University
  • The British Calendar of Prisoners: An Authoritative Gateway to Bespoke and Expansive Readings of the Criminalization of Sex Crimes, J. G. M. Evans Liverpool John Moores University
  • Colorado’s Stonewall: Gay Revolt on the Denver City Council – October 23, 1973, Nick Ota-Wang, University of Colorado, Denver

Queer Family Formation

  • Chair: William Kuby, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga  
  • Mystic Union or Lesbian Threat?: Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships at Women’s Colleges, 1880-1930, Keara Sebold, Boston University
  • International Marriage Tourism, Activism, and the Global Quest for Same Sex Marriages, Valerie J. Korinek, University of Saskatchewan
  •  “Family, Legally as well as Actually”: Same-Sex Couples and the Law of Adult Adoption, Josh Blecher-Cohen

DO YOU KNOW JONATHAN NED KATZ? Documentary Film In Progress

In this panel, OutHistory director Marc Stein hosts a “work-in-progress” screening and panel discussion of a documentary film on the life and work of Jonathan Ned Katz, author of the groundbreaking Gay American History (1976) and founder of OutHistory. Joined by filmmaker Philip Harrison and a panel of LGBTQ+ historians interviewed in the film, we will delve into the “post-Stonewall” early years of queer history scholarship, Jonathan’s seminal contributions, and their impact and relevance today.

  • Chair: Marc Stein, San Francisco State University and OutHistory
  • Panelist: Philip Harrison, Producer

The Queer Left in the Global South

  • Chair/Discussant: Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, University of California, Irvine
  • Reimagining Alliances: Tracing the Cultural and Political Engagements of LGBTQIA+ Groups in Postcolonial Curaçao, Wigbertson Julian Isenia, University of Amsterdam
  • Resisting the Anglo-Saxon Gay: Deliberating Sexual Identity in Italy’s First Communist Gay Association, 1978-1985, Lucas René Ramos, Columbia University
  • Homophobia or Tolerance: Rethinking the Mexican Left’s Sexual Politics, Robert Franco, Kenyon College

Lunch – 12:15-1:30pm (Lunch is provided)

Session 10 – 1:30-3:00pm

Queer Legacies: The Efforts of LGBTQ People to Be Remembered

  • Chair: Amanda Littauer, Northern Illinois University
  • Azurest South: A Monument to African American Queer Self-Determination in 1930s Virginia, Susan Ferentinos, Consultant
  • Ewan Forbes and Craigievar Castle, Scotland: Legacy and Erasure, Zoë Playdon, Birkbeck College
  • A Different Kind of Family: Lavender Hill and 1970s Gay and Lesbian Commune Architecture, Jeffry J. Iovannone, Consultant

North American Queer Women’s Digital History 

  • Chair:  Alex Ketchum, McGill University
  • The Search for Esporádica: The Methodology of Reconstructing Transnational Queer Activist Networks, Riley Wolfe, York University
  • Esporádica’s Digital Afterlife: Queering a Short-lived Mexican Feminist Avant-garde Comic Book, Anne Rubenstein, York University
  • Digitizing College Scrapbooks: A Collaborative Research Project on Mills Queer History, Lisa Arellano, Mills College
  • Digital Dilemmas: Presenting Lesbian and Transwomen’s History on Queer Pasts, Marc Stein, San Francisco State University

Jimmy in Saigon: a hidden queer story that spans centuries and continents

  • Chair: Corey Tong, Filmmaker/Producer/Writer/Photographer
  • Panelists:
    • Peter McDowell, Director/Producer of Jimmy in Saigon
    • Curtis Chin, Writer/Producer/Director/Activist

Queering the Tensions of Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century

  • Chair: Nick Syrett, University of Kansas
  • Trans-Atlantic Responses to a Genderless Spirit: The Publick Universal Friend, 1776-1819, Hanna Kawamoto, UC Santa Barbara
  • The Canadas in Comparison: Bestiality and the Settler Colonial Order in British North America and the Antipodes in the Nineteenth Century, Jarett Henderson, UC Santa Barbara
  • “Refugees who have defied both the Authorities of their Country and the usage of Christian and Civilized life”: Race, Respectability, and the Politics of Bigamy in Colonial British Columbia 1858-1920, T.J. Tallie, University of San Diego
  • “An extraordinary example of justice as it is administered in Belfast”: same-sex scandal, civic politics, and imperialism in the north of Ireland c.1904., Tom Hulme, Queen’s University Belfast

The Politics of Trans Identities

  • Chair: Emily Cousens, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Australian Trans Activists and Transnational Inspirations Before the Internet, Noah Riseman, Independent Scholar, and Julie Peters, Independent Scholar
  • A Queer Fight for Decolonization: The Detriments of British Colonialism on India’s Hijra Community, Eshaan Kothari, Riverdale Country School
  • The Trouble with Tomboys: Spectres of Alternative Masculinity in Thai Print Media, 1970s-1990s, Emi Donald, Cornell University
  • Exploring the Intersections of Social Work History and Transgender History, ange baldado, Radical Well-Being Center

Reflecting and Future Planning 

Has the QHC inspired you? Would you like to get more involved in the organization? Then stop by this informal session with the CLGBTH co-chairs. The name of our organization is a big topic of conversation, but we also want to talk about how you’d like to get involved and your ideas for the organization’s future. 

  • Yaari Felber-Seligman, City College of New York
  • Jay Watkins, College of William and Mary 


End of Conference – 3:00pm