Queer History Conference, June 12-15, 2022

The Committee on LGBT History, San Francisco State University, and the GLBT Historical Society will be hosting their second queer history conference, QHC 2022. Join historians, K12 educators, and activists to share, discuss, and debate the import of our collective past. Panels and workshops will showcase the newest directions and development in the histories of same-sex sexuality, trans identity, and gender-nonconformity. For more information and to register, please click here.


Note: All times, including for virtual sessions, are in Pacific Standard Time. Click here to see what time that is where you live.

San Francisco State University currently mandates vaccinations for all attendees and an indoor mask mandate is still in place. Click here for more details about Covid policies at SFSU.

Opening Reception, Presidential Patio, San Francisco State University
Administration Building 5th Floor (Outdoor) Patio

8:00 – 9:00am – Check in/Pick up Registration Packets
9:00 – 10:30am – Panel Session 1 

Queering the Campus: Students, Faculty, and LGBTQ+ Lives in America and Britain
Burk Hall 251

Chair: Tim Retzloff, Michigan State University

Oxford’s Aesthetes: Colourful Students and Male Homosexuality, c.1885-1935
Dominic Janes, Keele University

A Theatrical Training Ground: Queer Network Building at Princeton University in the 1930s
Joseph M. Ortiz, University of Texas at El Paso

“A Festival of Joy and Liberation”: 
The Politics of Gay Awareness Weeks on California College Campuses in the 1970s
David A. Reichard, California State University Monterey Bay

Archival Alchemy: Sarah Schulman’s Queer Method and the History of Queer Studies
Rachel Corbman, Mount Holyoke College

Comment: Tim Retzloff 

Archivo El Insulto: Grassroots Archiving & Queer Display of Erotica in Mexico
Burk Hall 358

Chair: Víctor Macías-González, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse


Adolfo Vega, Archivo El Insulto

Michelle Davó, Art Institute of Chicago

Zeb Tortorici, New York University

Comment: Anne Rubenstein, York University

AIDS Comes Home
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Stephen Vider, Cornell University

Housing First, Housing Works: Harm Reduction & Housing Politics
Salonee Bhaman, Yale University

Buddy Programs and the Queering of the American Home
Elizabeth Alice Clement, University of Utah 

The Great Gay Return: AIDS “Homecoming” Narratives and Middle America’s Fantasies of Racial Reconciliation
René Esparza, Washington University in St. Louis

Comment: Stephen Vider

Localized Postwar Queer Histories: Forging Community Across Urban and Suburban Space
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Robert Franco, Kenyon College 

Answering the Call: Building Community on the Phone and the Gay Switchboard of New York
Quinn Anex-Ries, University of Southern California

The Queen City: Denver’s Homophile Organizations from 1950-1970
Nick Ota-Wang, University of Colorado Denver

“Action = Life”: The Orange County Visibility League’s Radical 1989 Protests in Suburban Space
Haleigh Marcello, University of California, Irvine

“How Will I Have to Behave as a Lesbian?”: Switchboards as Sites of Lesbian Socialization in the US and France, 1972-1997
Hannah Leffingwell, New York University 

Unearthing Queer, Crip of Color Stories: Mapping our Pathways Home (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Janet Arelis Quezada

“I’m Not an AIDS Activist, I’m an Artist!”: Legacies of Chicanx Resistance through Illness and Queer Chicanx Friendship
Pablo Alvarez, Claremont Graduate University 

Slowly, Queerly: A Disability Justice History
Shayda Kafai, California State University, Pomona 

Excavating Queer Xicana Indigenous History: Spirit Collaboration with Marsha Gómez
Susy Zepeda, University of California, Davis 

Día de los Muertos and the AIDS Epidemic: Activism in the Midst of Mourning
Mayra Garza, University of California, Davis 

Comment: Janet Arelis Quezada 

Making the Most of the Conference: K12 Check-in Session (K12)
Burk Hall 333

Moderators: Rick Oculto and Anne Pinkney, Our Family Coalition


MONDAY, 10:45am – 12:15pm – Panel Session 2

Classical Homoeroticism in the Victorian Period
Burk Hall 337

Chair: James Gilligan, San Francisco State University

Queer and There: John Addington Symonds in London
Shane Butler, Johns Hopkins University 

Walt Whitman’s Victorian Queer Readership
Andrew Rimby, Stony Brook University 

Pederasty, Classical Reception, and the Intellectual History of Male Homosexuality
Emily Rutherford, University of Oxford 

Beyond the Couple Form: Browning, Leighton, and the Queer Alcestis
Mario Telò, University of California, Berkeley 

LGTBIQ+ Experiences and Memory Politics in Argentina, Brazil, and Northern Mexico
Burk Hall 338

Chair: Luis de Pablo Hammeken, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Courtly Intrigues, Bordering Empires: Cross-dressing, Coloniality and Queer Parody in the History of the Royal-Imperial Casa de Tijuana (1982 to the Present)
Martín H. González Romero, El Colegio de México

A Body of One’s Own: Trans Embodiment Technologies and Knowledge-Production in Argentina, 1967-2012
Patricio Simonetto, University College London

Places of LGBTQIA+ Memory and History in Latin America
Benito Bisso Schmidt, Universidade Federale do Rio Grande do Sul

Comment: Luis de Pablo Hammeken

Rethinking Spirituality and the Occult in the Era of Gay Liberation and Lesbian Feminism
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Greta Rensenbrink, Marshall University

Into the Dark: Occult Animacies and the Goddess, 1968-1982
Abram J. Lewis, Grinnell College

Queer Occultism: Urban Space and Underground Economies, 1970-1980
Rachel Pitkin, City University of New York

“We Are Dancing the Great Dance of Your Coming”: 
Radical Faeries, RFD Magazine, and the Rise of Queer Witchcraft, 1973-1981
Nikita Shepard, Columbia University 

When You Don’t “Dig Religion” But You’re Meeting in a Church: New York City’s Gay Movement and Religious Meeting Spaces After Stonewall, 1969-1970
Heather R. White, Harvard Divinity School

Comment: Greta Rensenbrink

Building Digital Collections in LGBTQ+: A Publisher’s Perspective
Burk Hall 251

In this presentation, we will introduce ProQuest’s existing and forthcoming collections in LGBTQ+ history, including LGBT Thought and Culture, LGBT Studies in Video, LGBT Magazine Archive, and Queer Pasts. We will tell the story behind different products and how they came to fruition–definition of the content, work with editors, archives, publishers, and distributors. We will also showcase the applications for teaching and research and how these products reflects scholarship trends.


Nathalie Duval, Director of Product Management, ProQuest, a Clarivate Company

Disturbing Queer History in “So-Called” Canada (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Suzanne Lenon, University of Lethbridge

Disrupting Historical Narratives on Pride in Canada 
Cassandra Lord, University of Toronto 

Black Queer Life and the Deracialization of of Gay Blood in Blood Donation 
OmiSoore H. Dryden, Dalhousie University 

“With Approval from Our Founders”: 
Pride Toronto and the Misappropriation of Canada Heritage Grants
Tom Hooper, York University

Queer/ing Settler Colonialism and Colonizing Pride 
Laura Hall, Carleton University 

Comment: Suzanne Lenon 

K12 Teaching Tactics (K12)
Burk Hall 333


Brian Carlin, New York City Department of Education 

Stacie Brensilver Berman, New York University 

Daniel Hurewitz, Hunter College 

Library 121
2:15 – 1:15pm 

MONDAY, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Panel Session 3

Transgender Representation in South and Southeast Asia 
Burk Hall 251

Chair: Todd Henry, University of California, San Diego 

Can We Kathoeys Truly Speak and is it Possible to Speak in our own Words?: Finding a Way to Subjectivize Kathoey in Historiography 
Esther C. Suwannanon, University of Victoria 

Narrativizing the History of the Nupi Mani, the Indigenous Trans Community of Northeast India
Maisnam Arnapal, University of California, Santa Barbara 

On the Margins of the Margins of the Circle City (Indianapolis)
Burk Hall 338

Chair: Eric Gonzaba, California State University, Fullerton

Imagining Musical Place: Race, Heritage, and African American Musical Landscapes
Jordan Ryan, History Concierge

“Walk a Mile in their Pumps”:Combating Discrimination within Indianapolis’s Queer Community
Nicole Poletika, Indiana Historical Bureau 

Circle City Strife: Gay and Lesbian Activism During the Hudnut Era 
Sam Opsahl, Indiana Humanities 

Queering Women, Sex, and Youth in Colonial Settings
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Scott De Orio

Rites of Passage and the Liminal Sexuality of Youth in Colonial East Africa
Corrie Decker, University of California, Davis

(Un)Making the Ottoman Women: War Orphans, Female Homoeroticism, and Adolescent Female Sexuality in the Late Ottoman Empire
Tuğçe Kayaal, Furman University 

The Miracle of Sex: Spirituality, Sacred Lands, and Gender in Late-Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Mardin
Kelly Hannavi, University of Michigan 

Tradition and Transition: Courtesans and the Early Colonial State in Nineteenth-Century Delhi
Noble Shirivastava, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Legal Consciousness in Mid-Twentieth Century Queer and Trans History
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Anna Lvovsky, Harvard University

“Rarely has the law been used in such a ridiculous and unscientific fashion”: 
Mayhem and the Making of Trans Medicine
Beans Velocci, University of Pennsylvania

Pants and Positivism
Kate Redburn, Yale University

From Conflict to Consensus: Movement-Government Relations Surrounding the Introduction of Dutch Public Policy on Homosexuality from 1982 to 1986
Robert J. Davidson, University of Amsterdam

Comment: Anna Lvovsky

Re-Framing Queer Histories before the Twentieth Century (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Emily Skidmore, Texas Tech University 

The Transgender Empress?
Cheryl Morgan 

Tracing Black Women’s Queer Intimacies in the Pre- Emancipation United States 
Candice Lyons, University of Texas, Austin 

Mapping Historical Presences and Erasures in the Andes: Clues to Gender and Sexual Diversity in Pre-Hispanic Communities 
Hugo Benavides, Fordham University
María Fernanda Ugalde, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador  

Illuminating Queer Power: Re-conceptualizing the Modjadji “Rain Queens” of South Africa 
Yaari Felber-Seligman, City College of New York, CUNY


MONDAY, 3:15pm – 4:45pm – Panel Session 4

OUT of Site on Campus: Performing Place-based Queer Histories in Collaboration with K-12 and College Students (K12)
Burk Hall 333

Presenter: Seth Eisen, Eye Zen Presents

Eye Zen Presents, a San Francisco theater company conducts archival research about LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC people as a foundation for making original live theater that illuminates underrecognized queer ancestors who have been silenced and hidden due to social and political oppression. This presentation will investigate our tactics to make queer histories more visible through immersive, site-responsive spectacles in public space and on K-12 and college campuses. In this talk Artistic Director Seth Eisen will discuss effective ways of engaging students and the general public in archival storytelling. Eisen discusses the artistic strategies for bringing these histories to the wider public using videos and images. Perfect for K-12 and college educators and people interested in the process of archival storytelling with queer history.

Queering Consumer Spaces: Bookstores and Theme Parks as Sites of Queer History
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Kristine Alexander, University of Lethbridge

Gay Days: A Queer History of Theme Parks
Bryan David, University of Nevada, Reno

People Like Us: Queer Bookstores as Sites of Community Building
Sarah Dunne, University of California, Santa Barbara

Historicizing the LGBT Bookstore vs. the Women’s Bookstore 
Bonnie J. Morris, University of California, Berkeley 

Unearthing Private Lives: Reconsidering Sources for LGBTQ Biography
Burk Hall 337

Chair: William Peniston 

Piecing Together Fragments: The Lives and Friendship of a 1930s Butch Lesbian and a Transgender Man
Shad Reinstein and Jody Laine

Reading between the Lines: Finding Queer Lives in Newspapers
George Robb, William Paterson University 

Scraps of Gay Culture: A Collage of the Life of Ogden Salmon
James Kaser, The College of Staten Island, CUNY

Less Equal than Others: Queers and Sexual Citizenship in Democratic Italy
Burk Hall 251

Chair: Peter Edelberg, University of Copenhagen
Without Distinction of Sex? 

The Construction of the Homosexual Anti-Citizen in 1950s Italy.
Alessio Ponzio, University of Saskatchewan 

A Breach in the Sexual System?: How Women Police Officers Subverted and Supported the Sexual Order in Italy
Molly Tambor, Long Island University Post

The Italian Way to the Straight State
Domenico Rizzo, Università degli Studi di Napoli, L’Orientale 

S/M and Sexual Citizenship in Italy (1970s and 1980s): Between Political Reflections and Commercialisation
Virginia Niri, Università degli Studi di Genova

Introducing Q+PUBLIC, a New Book Series (PUBLISHING)
This panel will open with tributes to Jeffrey Escoffier (1942-2022), who was slated to present.
Burk Hall 338

Chair: E. G. Crichton, University of California Santa Cruz

Queer(ing) Perspectives on Consent
Shantel Buggs, Florida State University

Dances of Time and Tenderness 
Julian Carter, California College of the Arts 

Queer People Need to be both Seen and Heard
Ajuan Mance, Mills College

Contested Sexual Identities in Latin America (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Martín H. González Romero, El Colegio de México

Perils of One-Eyed Gaze: The Famous Female Tapada of Lima … and Some Male Tapados
Magally Alegre Henderson, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Homosociability in Early Twentieth-Century Mexico City 
Mauricio Pajón, University of Texas

The Bisexual Erasure of Emiliano Zapata 
Robert Franco, Kenyon College 

470 Castro Street. Take the M train to Castro Station.

TUESDAY, 9:00 – 10:30am – Panel Session 1

Sexuality, Politics, and Space: Queer Women from Mexican California to Today
Burk Hall 338

Chair: Eric Gonzaba, California State University, Fullerton 


Alex Ketchum, McGill University 

Annelise Heinz, University of Oregon 

Yvette J. Saavedra, University of Oregon 

Coalitions, Visibility, and Policy: Queer Communities and Electoral Politics in the Late 20th-Century U.S.
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Sarah Chinn, Hunter College 

“The Survival of Our Community:” Detroit’s Anti-Pornography Zoning Ordinance, Citizenship, and Heteronormatvity
Erin Barry, Washington University 

A Seat at the Table: The Rise of LGBTQ Electoral Politics in New York City in the 1990s
Stephen Petrus, LaGuardia Community College

“The Courageous Champion”: Queer Allyship in post-1967 Detroit Politics
Georgina Hickey, University of Michigan Dearborn 

From ‘psychopathic personality’ to ‘severely disabled’: Congressional politics, disability rights, and HIV-AIDS health care advocacy in the 1980s
Jonathan Bell, University College London 

Public Queer History in Atlanta, Then and Now
Burk Hall 251

Chair: Samantha Rosenthal, Roanoke College


Paul Fulton Jr., Gay Atlanta Flashback

Martin Padgett, Georgia State University

Eric Solomon, Emory University 

Methodologies for Writing Queer History Before the Late Nineteenth Century
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Laura Stokes, Stanford University 

Nonbinary Gender and Queer Historical Methods Before Modernity
Leah DeVun, Rutgers University

Transing as Method & the Future of Non-Binary Histories
Jen Manion, Amherst College

Politics as Method and Queer History Before the Late Nineteenth Century
Charles Upchurch, Florida State University 

Comment: Anna Clark, University of Minnesota

Global Encounters with Sexual Science, 1880-1930 (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Regina Kunzel, Yale University

An Emerging but Failed Attempt: Translating Edward Carpenter and Defending Homosexuality in Modern China
Rachel Hui-Chi Hsu, National Chengchi University,

Literariness, or Sexology Otherwise
Benjamin Kahan, Louisiana State University

Queering Psychiatry: the Homosexual voice in Krafft-Ebing’s Works
Douglas Ogilvy Pretsell, La Trobe University,

On Deviant Habits: Prison Love-Letters and the Queer Sciences of the State in Late Colonial India
Rovel Sequeira, University of Pennsylvania

Comment: Keguro Macharia

Removing Rose-colored Glasses: Queering Reaganism in the High School Classroom (K12)
Burk Hall 333


Sadie Queally-Sammut, Saint Francis High School

Serene Williams, Sacred Heart Preparatory Schools 

Geneva Williams, Lavender History Project


TUESDAY, 10:45am – 12:15pm – Panel Session 2

Mexico City’s Gay World, 1930s-1960s
Burk Hall 338

Chair: Anne Rubenstein, York University

Rojos y Maricones: The Experiences of two Spanish Gay Men Exiled in Mid-Twentieth-Century Mexico
Luis de Pablo Hammeken, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Homosexuality and crime in the Mexico City Press, ca. 1950-1960
Víctor M. Macías-González, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

“Gendarmes de a pié”: Raids and the Socialization Practices of Sexual Dissidents (heterodoxos), Mexico City, 1917-1952
Nathaly Rodríguez Sánchez, Universidad Iberoamericana-Puebla 

Film as Interlocutor: Representing Queerness Through the Film No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Margaret Galvan, University of Florida 


Justin Hall, California College of the Arts and Producer, No Straight Lines

Vivian Kleiman, Director and Producer, No Straight Lines 

Ajuan Mance, Mills College, Artist/Participant, No Straight Lines 

Not Thinking Straight: Making Abolitionist Geographies Through Queer of Color Critique
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Jeffrey McCune, Jr., University of Rochester

“I’m Gay But I Don’t Put Myself in that Category”: Gay Militants, Black Queens, and Alternative Safe Spaces” 
Christina Carney, University of Missouri 

“Those Who Mean His Destruction As Surely As They Mean Mine”: 1970s and 1980s Queer and Feminist of Color Discourse on Straight Men of Color
Nic John Ramos, Drexel University 

A Street Mural for Black Trans Lives: Historical Convergences, Urban Planning, & Trans of Color Critique along Baltimore’s North Charles Street
Sa Whitley, Dartmouth College 

Comment: Marlon Bailey, Arizona State University

Debating and Contesting Pathology
Burk Hall 333

Chair: William Kuby, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

An Imagined Pre-Colonial Africa: Contestations Over Sex, Sexuality, and Gender in Post-Apartheid South Africa 
Lwando Scott, University of the Western Cape

Redefining Sexual Liberation in Transnational Queer Activist Spaces:Debates about Pedophilia in the International Lesbian and Gay Association, 1991-1995
Riley Wolfe, York University 

“Later He Became a Drug Addict and a Chronic Homosexual”: Excavating the Roots of Pathology 
John Stuart Miller, University of Southern California 

A Roundtable on Queer Pasts, a New Digital History Project (PUBLISHING)
Burk Hall 251

Chair: Ardel Haefele-Thomas, City College of San Francisco 


Lisa Arellano, Mills College

Laura Fugikawa, Colby College

Marc Stein, San Francisco State University 

Queering Eastern Europe (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Josh Armstrong, Stanford University 

In Search of Queer Women’s Histories in Romania’s Communist Times 
Ramona Dima, University of Stavanger

Queering Historical Temporality: Polish Anarchist Lesbian and Queer Zines after Transition, 1989
Basia Dynda, University of Warsaw

Backward Queerness: Writing about Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Early Modern Balkans
Mišo Kapetanovic, Austrian Academy of Science

Library 121
12:15 – 1:15pm

Archivists and Allies Brown Bag Lunch, Hosted by the GLBT Historical Society
Meet outside SFSU Library, 12:00-1:30pm

TUESDAY, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Panel Session 3 

Strategies for Documenting and Memorializing Queer History
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University 

Pussy Palace Oral History Project: Sensory Portraits of Public Sex 
Elspeth Brown, University of Toronto, and Alisha Stanges, LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory

@queer_modernisms: Imaging the Queer Past on Instagram
Jesse Ataide, San Francisco State University 

Towards a Marica History of Peru: The Vision of its Eternal Vanquished 
Nathanael Peralta Luis, Crónicas de la Diversidad

In Living Memory: A Memorial Outline for David Madson & AIDS in Minnesota
Noah Barth, Minnesota Historical Society 

Surveilled Privates in Public: Social Histories of Queer Counterpublics in the Modern United States
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Scott Larson, University of Michigan 

Queer Coolie Redux: Revisiting Chinese American Bachelor Sexuality in the Gilded Age
Henry E. Chen, University of Michigan

“Female impersonation seemed so vital to the war effort”: Sailors in drag, Navy Counterpublics, and Thinking Queerly about War Narratives
Camille J. Brown, University of Michigan

Trans of Color Organizing in The Shadow of The Formal Economy: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and Antidiscrimination Law, 1970-1973
Alex Burnett, University of Michigan

“I Like Your Shoelaces”: Online Queer Community-Building and Surveillance
Lise Lao, University of Michigan

Sex and Marriage in Legal Historical Contexts; From the US to Berlin and Back, 1880- 1985
Burk Hall 251

Chair: Karen C. Krahulik, New York University 

 “A Legal Form of Marriage”: The Legal Regime of Queer Marriage from 1880-1910
Brianne Felsher, University of California, Berkeley


Certifying Sex: The Origins of the Provider’s Letter
Elias Lawliet, University of California, Berkeley 

Constructing a “Cis State”: Title VII, Transsexual Workers, and “Biological Sex,” 1970-1984
Shay R. Olmstead, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Comment: Karen C. Krahulik, New York University 

Queer Histories in Southern Alberta: Memory, Museums, and the Intergenerational (Re)Making of Place
Burk Hall 338

Chair: Jarett Henderson, University of California, Santa Barbara 

The (Bio)Politics of Queer in a Small Canadian Prairie City 
Suzanne Lenon, University of Lethbridge

Museums, Not-For-Profits, Queer Kids, and History 
Kristine Alexander, University of Lethbridge & Kaitlynn Weaver, University of Lethbridge 

Posing InQueeries: Queer Oral Histories and Queer Youth 
Liam Devitt, Concordia University 

Documentation as activism:
Film screening of “AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman” followed by a Q and A.
Burk Hall 333

Restoring public memory of the exceptional and compelling AIDS/trans rights activist/humanist of ‘90s Los Angeles. [ www.aidsdivaconnie.com ]

Moderator: Erin Barry, Washington University in St. Louis

Dante Alencastre, Director/Producer, “AIDS DIVA,” Los Angeles
John Johnston. Producer, “AIDS DIVA,” Los Angeles

Out of our Buses, Bars, Beds, and Classrooms!: Mid-20th century US LGBTQ resistance to Discriminatory Policing Practices (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Emily Hobson, University of Nevada, Reno

Pauli Murray and Bayard Rustin’s Queer Nonviolence
Simon D. Elin Fisher, University of Wisconsin, Madison

José Sarria’s 1961 campaign for San Francisco City Supervisor and the Birth of the Idea of a Gay “Community”
Mori Reithmayr, University of Oxford

Guy Strait and the Making of “Bad” Queers in the Long 1970s
Scott De Orio

Comment: Emily Hobson


TUESDAY, 3:15pm – 4:45pm – Panel Session 4

Strategies for Activism and Liberation Across the Globe
Burk Hall 251

Chair: La Shonda Mims, Middle Tennessee State University

“Advancing a Sane Concept of Sexuality”:The Unlikely Allyship of Playboy Magazine
David Ferrara, University of Alabama

The White Supremacist Homomythopoetics of Elisar von Kupffer
Ben Miller, Freie Universität Berlin 

Queer and Allied Resistance to Antigay Propositions in Tacoma, Washington
Gracie Anderson, Pacific Lutheran University 

Constitutional Queens: The First Riot for LGBTQ Rights in Peru (1978)
Giancarlo Mori Bolo, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Regulating Sex Between Men and Boys in the Anglophone World, 1840s-1910s
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Thomas Balcerski, Eastern Connecticut State University 

“A More Systematic, Wanton, and Undignified, and Infamous Persecution Never was Shown towards any British Subject”: Unnatural Sex, Settler Self-Government, and Queering British Subjectness in 1840s Prince Edward Island 

Jarett Henderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Gracelyn Barmore-Pooley, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mapping the Prosecution of Sexualized Behaviors between Males in Lancashire County, England, 1850-1970: A Longitudinal Study
J. G. M. Evans, Liverpool John Moores University and K. G. Valente, Colgate University 

Fallen Boys: Sex Work and the Question of Rescue 
Yorick Smaal, Griffith University

Marginalized Voices and Hidden Histories: Preserving and Unlocking the Past with Gale’s Archives of Sexuality & Gender and Beyond
Burk Hall 256

Moderator: Philip Virta, Coordinating editor of the Archives of Sexuality and Gender program, Gale, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Entering the Archive of Second Wave Trans Teminisms in Print 
Emily Cousens, University of Oxford

Lesbian Feminist Literary Networks, 1950s-1980s
Catherine Kelly, King’s College London

Archives of Passion: Archival Ideologies and Practices in Dutch Lesbian and Gay Archives
Noah Littel, Maastricht University

Teaching Trans History: Methods for Sustaining Trans-Affirming Social Studies K-12 Education (K12)
Burk Hall 333


Jaden Janak, University of Texas, Austin

Joanna Batt, University of Texas, Austin

Ahistorical Affects: Gender Feelings in the Presence of the Past (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Laurie Marhoefer, University of Washington 

Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and Non-Binary Structures of Feeling
Stephanie Clare, University of Washington 

“…she has her hair cut short for the purpose…”: Reading Queerness, Reading Freedom Praxis
Vanessa Holden, University of Kentucky

Towards a Trans Retrospectatorship: Dreyer’s La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc and Filmic Gender
Maxine Savage, University of Washington 

Squad Goals: Queer Affect and Group Work
Tyler Bradway, State University of New York at Cortland 

Comment: Laurie Marhoefer

TUESDAY, 4:00-5:00pm – GLBT Historical Society Archives Tour
989 Market Street
You must sign up in advance here.


Options include:

FORGED (National Queer Arts Festival): Stellium Magazine presents Forged, an online literary arts event celebrating queer and trans Black and POC writers. Virtual, 7:00PM. To register, visit https://queerculturalcenter.org/national-queer-arts-festival/

Screening of AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman (National Queer Arts Festival)
The Roxie, 3117 16th Street, 6:30 pm

Marc Stein, “Queer Transformations at San Francisco State, 1969-1972
San Francisco Public Library Hormel Center, Third Floor, 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, 9:00 – 10:30am – Panel Session 1

Representing and Remembering Queer Spaces
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Chelsea Del Rio, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY 

The Role of the Torremolinos in the Queer History of Spain: New Narratives beyond Madrid and Barcelona 

Javier Cuevas, University of Malaga

“Busting Up the Baths”: Toronto’s Queer Past and the Legacy of the Barracks Raid in The Body Politic

Jessica Wilton, York University 

Black Eagle Bar, White Gay Men: Toronto’s Black Eagle Leather/Denim Bar and Evolving Queer Space

Gary Myers, York University 

Transnational Perspectives on Trans* Identity and Resilience: 
Gender-Expansive Histories from the Weimar Republic to the US South
Burk Hall 256
Chair: Samantha Rosenthal, Roanoke College

“I can only be seen as a full human being in women’s clothes”: A Story of Liminality, Worth and (Trans)gendered Selfhood in Nazi Germany. 
Zoe Nunn, University of Oxford

Transness in Li Shiu Tong’s Sexology: Trans Spy Outwits Nazis 
Laurie Marhoefer, University of Washington, Seattle 

Trans* Houston: Histories of Resistance from the Late Twentieth Century 
Marissa Brameyer, Texas Tech University 

Trans Print: Community Identity and Self Determination in the late Twentieth Century United States 
Daniel Rodriguez Arrizon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Comment: Jen Manion, Amherst College 

Church Closets: Queerness in Evangelical Spaces
Burk Hall 251

Chair: Heather R. White, Harvard Divinity School

“Love Them Into Changing”: A Survey of Evangelical Discourse on Homosexuality in Christianity Today, 1956-1989
Mary Gently, Rutgers University

Latent Transphobia in the Episcopal Church and the Prophetic Response
Joshua Waits, Georgia Highland College

“Far from the Peaceful Shore”:  Pentecostalism, Queer Sexualities, and the Global South
La Shonda Mims, Middle Tennessee State University 

Continuity, Criminalization, and Conversion: Queer Students at Southern Christian Colleges
Elissa Branum, Rutgers University

Comment: Matthew Sutton, Washington State University 

Racialized Imagery and Transnational Queer Visual Culture
Burk Hall 338

Chair: Zeb Tortorici, New York University

Queer As Paint
Anne Rubenstein, York University

Michelangelo’s David – Queer Identity, Whiteness, and Rethinking Beauty
David S. Churchill, University of Manitoba

Mexican Men on the Gay Erotic Market (1980s-1990s)
Juan Carlos Mezo-González, University of Toronto

Comment: Zeb Tortorici

Queer Careers in Educational and Non-Profit Administration: A Roundtable
Burk Hall 333

Moderator: Nick Syrett, University of Kansas


Karen Krahulik, New York University 

Mark Sawchuk, GLBT Historical Society

Amy Sueyoshi, San Francisco State University 

(Un)Making Discourses of Queer Legal and Political Activism: Remembering Leather, Queer Punk, and Non-Monogamy Radicalism (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Jarett Henderson, University of California, Santa Barbara

White Picket Fences: The Nuclear Family, Monogamy, and Queer Kinship
Rachel Jobson, Carleton University

“Vicious fags and dykes:” Mapping an Aesthetics of Abjection in Queercore’s History 
Emma Awe, Carleton University

 “I seized on the name ‘Phalia’”: The politics of legitimacy and leather, 1970s to 1990s
Patrizia Gentile, Carleton University 

WEDNESDAY, 10:45am – 12:15pm – Panel Session 2 

The Future of the Committee on LGBT History
Burk Hall 251


Chelsea Del Rio, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, and CLGBTH Co-Chair

Eric Gonzaba, California State University, Fullerton and CLGBTH Co-Chair

Forgetting Stonewall? New Periodizations in European Queer History
Burk Hall 338

Chair: Alessio Ponzio, University of Saskatchewan

From Criminal Radicalism to Gay and Lesbian Activism: A New Periodization in Scandinavian LGBT history 1948-1971

Peter Edelberg, University of Copenhagen

Transnationality, Nationality and Regionality in Dutch Lesbian and Gay Activism
Noah Littel, Maastricht University

Beyond Barcelona & Nuancing New York: Challenging Transplanted Narratives in Queer Revolutions
Ona Bantjes-Ràfols, Carleton University

Escaping Stonewall?: Gay Liberation in 1970s West Germany
Craig Griffiths, Manchester Metropolitan University

Queer and Trans Organizing, 1960s-1990s
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Matt Cook, Birkbeck, University of London 

Rupert Raj has Resources: Trans-Masculine Mutual Aid in North America, 1972-1990
Elio Colavito, University of Toronto 

Lesbian and Gay Networks in 1980s Lima Peru: The Case of the Grupo de Autoconcencia de Lesbianas Feministas and the Movimiento Homosexual de Lima 
Joaquin Marreros, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

“Don’t Assume I’m a Failed Heterosexual”:
Negotiating Fat Lesbian Identities and Activism in Britain
Carlie Pendleton, Goldsmiths, University of London 

Lee Brewster: Creating Queer Spaces in the 1970s
Anthony Guerrero, University of Wisconsin 

Publishing in Queer History: A Roundtable with Authors and Editors (PUBLISHING)
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Nick Syrett, University of Kansas and Journal of the History of Sexuality


Rachel Hope Cleves, University of Victoria 

Larin McLaughlin, University of Washington Press 

Dominique J. Moore, University of Illinois Press 

Yvette Saavedra, University of Oregon 

Local Imaginaries, Global Resistance: Trans of Color Archives & Storytelling* 
Endorsed by the National Council on Public History
Burk Hall 249

Chair: GVGK Tang, Independent Scholar


Delan Ellington, Howard University  

Joshua K Reason, University of Pennsylvania 

Fabian Romero, University of Washington

Ethnic Studies/Psychology Building Courtyard
12:15 – 1:15pm 

WEDNESDAY, 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Panel Session 3 

Sex, Citizenship, and Queer Identity in Divided Ireland and Germany
Burk Hall 337

Chair: Anita Kurimay, Bryn Mawr College

Queer Cruising, Policing and the Press in Post-Partition Northern Ireland
Tom Hulme, Queen’s University Belfast

“Conducting a Male Brothel”: James “Mary” Hand, Desire, and Citizenship in the Free State
Averill Earls, St. Olaf College

Friends of the state? The nature of East German state homophobia
Josh Armstrong, Stanford University

The Pink Triangle, Sexuality, and Citizenship in West Germany
Jake Newsome, Independent Scholar

Lesbianism and Trans Identities in Premodern Societies
Burk Hall 256

Chair: Mary Weismantel, Northwestern University

Leftover Peaches: Female Homoeroticism in Han China 
Laurie Venters, University of Bonn

Female Homoeroticism in Lucian’s Dialogue of the Courtesans
Nicole Speth, University of Washington

Locating Trans* Identities Within the Discourse on Love Among Women in Medieval Europe 
Jo Wolf, Harvard University and Virginia Tech University

Shifting Sexual and Religious Boundaries in Sixteenth-Century Spain: The Case of Eleno de Céspedes
Maaian Aner, University of Oxford

Representing Queer Experiences through Theater and Self-Writing (ONLINE)
Burk Hall 249

Chair: Andrew Rimby, Stony Brook University 

Queering the Archive of Black Resistance and South African Prison Writing 
Z’Étoile Imma, Tulane University 

City and Sexual Citizenship in the LGBT+ Theatre in Italy between the 60s and the 90s
Antonio Pizzo, University of Turin 

Turkey’s Queer Historiography and Staging Queer Testimonies in Contemporary Turkish Theatre
Berkem Yanikcan, Kadir Has University

Contested and Crucial: Queer Curriculum in the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries (K12)
Burk Hall 333

Chair: Amanda Littauer, Northern Illinois University 

Contested Curriculum: Lessons from Early Efforts at K-12 LGBTQ-Inclusive History/Education
Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University 

Heather Has Too Many Moms: The 1990s Backlash Against Gay Children’s Books
Richard Price, Weber State University 

Innovations at the Grassroots Level: LGBTQ+ History in High School Classrooms in the Twenty-First Century
Stacie Brensilver-Berman, New York University 

Teaching the Teacher: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum for Teacher Prep Students and Faculty
Wendy Rouse, San Jose State University 

WEDNESDAY, 4:00-5:30 pm PLENARY PANEL – Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library. Take the M train to Civic Center Station.

Representatives from the American LGBTQ+ Museum, the GLBT History Museum, Queer Britain, and others will discuss their plans for preserving and documenting the LGBT past. 

Moderated by Susan Stryker, Mills College

Joseph Galliano, Queer Britain
Ben Garcia, The American LGBTQ+ Museum
Robert Kesten, Stonewall National Museum & Archives
Andrew Shaffer, GLBT Historical Society

WEDNESDAY, 5:30-7:30PM — Reception – 6th Floor – San Francisco Public Library 

Questions should be addressed to QHC 22 organizers Amy Sueyoshi and Nick Syrett at QHC2022@gmail.com.


QHC 22 Program Committee

Amy Sueyoshi, San Francisco State University, Co-Chair
Nick Syrett, University of Kansas, Co-Chair

Erin Barry, Washington University in St. Louis
Darius Bost, University of Utah
Rob Darrow, California State University, Monterey Bay and Safe Schools Project
Yaari Felber-Seligman, City College of New York, CUNY
Eric Gonzaba, California State University, Fullerton
Jarett Henderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Magally Alegre Henderson, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Todd Henry, University of California, San Diego
Alessio Ponzio, University of Saskatchewan
Gregory Samantha Rosenthal, Roanoke College
Anne Rubenstein, York University
Yorick Smaal, Griffith University
GVGK Tang, Independent Scholar


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