Annual Reports


An Accidental Protester

This past January, I spent a cold, wet, and fabulous week in Paris. One evening while strolling along the Left Bank, sauntering in the shadows of the imposing grandeur of L’Hôtel National des Invalides, I found myself caught up in a massive wave of protesters, who were dispersing from a demonstration in front of the … Read more

Update from the International Resource Network

The International Resource Network (IRN), the global network of researchers, activists, artists, and teachers sharing knowledge about diverse sexualities, hosted by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, as so far had a time of reorganization and applying for future funding. Meanwhile, the local organizations and projects associated with the network continued to grow and … Read more

Acceptance at What Price? The Gay Movement Reconsidered (2012 Kessler Award Lecture)

The Annual Kessler Award Lecture was given by Martin Duberman, 2012 Kessler Award winner and CLAGS’s founder. The ceremony took place on December 5th, 2012 in the Proshansky Auditorium at the The Graduate Center, CUNY. An introduction was given by James Wilson (CLAGS E.D., LaGuardia Community College/The Graduate Center) followed by testimonials from Blanche Wiesen … Read more

Performing Que(e)ries: Charles Busch and James Wilson

On November 13, 2012, Charles Busch was in conversation with James Wilson, CLAGS executive director. In this excerpt, transcribed by Ilyssa Silfen, Charles Busch describes the genesis of Theatre in Limbo, the company that produced busch’s early works, such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party, and The Lady in Question. Charles Busch, renowned … Read more

Four-Day Conference Celebrated Harry Hay Founder Of Modern American Gay Movement

In 1948, homosexuals were considered sick and/or degenerate heterosexuals, and a gay community (as we now know it) did not yet exist. That year, one man had the visionary idea that homosexuals were a “cultural minority” and could organize themselves to create a community and fight for their human dignity and civil rights. Sixty years … Read more

Performing Que(e)ries: Nina Arsenault with J. Paul Halferty

This exciting conversation and performance demo with one of Canada’s leading queer performance artists took place on October 26th, 2012 in the Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. The event featured two short films made by Arsenault and filmmaker Jordan Tannehill, Plane of Immanence and Guadalajara, as well as an extended monologue by Arsenault … Read more

Queering the Frame: Seminar In The City Fall 2012

Queering the Frame: Transgressive Performance and the Possibility of Freedom Seminar Leader: Sujay Pandit Oct. 13, 20, and 27, 11–1pm WOW Cafe Theatre, 59–61 E 4th St. Last fall, this bi-annual seminar discussed the ways in which transgressive art shocks, titillates, enlightens and, perhaps most importantly, provides a space of inclusion for marginalized or neglected … Read more

5th Annual Rainbow Book Fair

Each year, the Rainbow Book Fair grows larger and more exciting: as the largest LGBT book expo in North America, the RBF is the place to learn about new trends in queer publishing. Exhibitors at the Fair range from academic presses to romance and erotica, from trade presses to art books and literary journals and … Read more

Homonationalism and Pinkwashing

The Graduate Center, CUNY and CLAGS will be presenting the Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Conference over two days, April 10–11. This historic event will feature a varied group of speakers representing various countries, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, ages, communities, universities, and academic fields in discussion around a new arena of thought, specifically the concepts of Homonationalism and … Read more

Clags Events and Outreach Spring 2013

This past semester, CLAGS held many successful and provocative events that effectively supported our mandate as a platform for historical and contemporary issues affecting the LGBTQ community. We hosted the book launch for Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing up Gay by Paul Vitigliano, featuring such guest speakers as Noah Michelson (Huffington Post Gay … Read more

Award Winners

RAMZI FAWAZ CLAGS FELLOWSHIP Ramzi Fawaz is a Postdoctoral Fellow of American Studies at George Washington University and a Visiting Professorial Lecturer of American Studies at Georgetown University. His current book project, The New Mutants: Comic Book Superheroes and Popular Fantasy in Postwar America, explores how the American superhero became a cultural embodiment of the … Read more

CLAGS Fellowships and Awards

This past fall, CLAGS awarded two fellowships: The Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize, and the CLAGS Fellowship Award. Our fantastic fellowship winners are profiled in this newsletter, and on our website. Please check out our current winners to read more about their scholarly endeavors! Additionally, we are excited by all of the applications that we … Read more

Fellowship Winners 2010

The Martin Duberman Fellowship An endowed fellowship named for CLAGS founder and first executive director, this award is given to a senior scholar from any country doing research on the LGBTQ experience. The 2010 Duberman fellowship was awarded to Ellen Lewin for “Out in Spirit: An Ethnography of an LGBT African American Pentecostal Church.” This … Read more

Donor Spotlight: Ahuva Cohen

On March 14, 1988, I posted a notice in the elevator of 535 East 80th Street that I would be appearing the following evening on “Punto y Aparte,” an interview program hosted by WXTV newscaster Rafael Pineda. When the topic of the broadcast—my imminent sexreassignment surgery—became known, a flurry of phone calls were made to … Read more

Open Door (Puerta Abierta) – Latin America’s first LGBT community center for lesbian and gay seniors

In Argentina, being old is a burden. However, being old and lesbian or gay, means that LGBT seniors face double discrimination. As a result, Graciela Balestra and Silvina Tealdi, from Argentina decided to help LGBT seniors and created Latin America’s first community center Puerta Abierta (Open Door) for gay senior citizens. Since opening it’s doors … Read more

Excerpt from Urvashi Vaid’s Kessler Lecture: “What Can Brown Do For You? Race, Sexuality and the Future of LGBT Politics”

Tonight, I want to start with some broad and frank observations about three things— first, the state of the LGBT movement overall, and the state of racial justice, racial equity and racial privilege within the mainstream of that movement. Second, I want to consider why mainstream LGBT politics remains so absent on racial justice— what … Read more Update

This semester has been a busy one for the team… In October we held a public panel at which three of the winners from the “Since Stonewall Local Histories Contest” presented their online historical exhibits. Megan Rohrer, Cindy Bray, and Lindsay Branson each took audience members on guided tours of their exhibits representing FTM … Read more

2010 Kessler Lecture with Urvashi Vaid From the Development Desk

This year’s Kessler Lecture featured the dynamic Urvashi Vaid, who was described by Nan Hunter as “a force of nature and a multi-dimensional activist serving roles as street activist, fundraiser, mentor and an intellectual leader of the LGBT movement.” The Kessler Lecture is the premier event for CLAGS highlighting Scholarship, Art, and Activism. In addition … Read more

Visiting CLAGS as a Scholar in Residence

A year ago I was most excited to receive a letter of invitation from CLAGS’ executive director Sarah Chinn to spend the autumn term 2010 as a Scholar in Residence. The idea of returning to CLAGS after 16 years of absence was particularly intriguing for me because I found my last visit there in 1994 … Read more

In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s

This past October, CLAGS hosted a historic conference to commemorate, celebrate, and evaluate the diverse contributions of lesbians over the course of the 1970s. The conference culminated a semester-long series of events that unfurled over the Spring 2010 term. In planning for the conference, the organizing committee (made up of Melissa Gasparotto, Andrea Freud Loewenstein, … Read more

CLAGS Endowment: Celebrating 20 Years of Scholarship, Art and Activism

Celebrating 20 years of Scholarship, Art and Activism nationally and internationally for LGBTQ scholars deserves the gift of an endowment. The 20th anniversary of CLAGS is a celebration that will honor our past, respect our present, and provide a clear and innovative path for the future. We are celebrating this exciting year by introducing the … Read more

Tuesdays this Spring—Seminar in the City: Queer Bloomsbury/Buggersbury

When I was asenior in college in 1974, I used to walk to my favorite class, a seminar named simply Bloomsbury, with a friend I’ll call Ruth who needed my support before claiming her seat next to her beloved teacher. New Criticism, then in vogue, forbade us to delve into authors’ private lives, so Mrs. … Read more

Interview with Tami Gold about the making of PASSIONATE POLITICS

How did you come up with the idea for this documentary? My friend Joyce Warshow was working on this film for a few years as part of her commitment to telling the stories of older lesbians who have been committed to social justice and activism. Joyce was always concerned that the lives of older lesbian … Read more

LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference: Crossroads and Crosswinds Connecting Across Race and Space

When I first arrived at the Second Annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference, I was nearly knocked over by the embrace the conference’s coexecutive director, Adrienne Williams. We had only spoken on the phone a few times, yet the last time I can remember being so warmly received was during one of my infrequent trips … Read more

Palestinian Queer Activists Talk Politics

Palestinian queer activists Haneen Maikey and Abeer Mansour will be touring 6 US cities for a series of open conversations hosted by locally and nationally known US activists. Their New York host is CLAGS—please join us for this exciting expansion of the Global LGBT. What does the Palestinian queer movement have in common with other … Read more

Welcome to!

Have these words appeared different to you lately? Visit CLAGS on the web, and you’ll notice a change occurred this past Fall 2010 semeser. CLAGS would like to introduce you to the new website redesign! New homepage Until this Fall 2010, CLAGS has used the template and information architecture of its first web … Read more

Welcome to our new interns!

Since all of CLAGS’s staff is part time, we depend upon interns to keep the wheels of the CLAGS locomotive rolling smoothly. Our interns come from a variety of places: some intern with us for college credit, others because they’re dedicated to CLAGS’s mission. We’re welcoming four new interns for the Spring semester: Tamiris Diversi, … Read more

Director’s Letter

Dear Friends: As I write this, the snow is slowly melting: the residue of the blizzard that brought 2010 to a close (and ground the East Coast to an almost complete halt). The stillness of the air outside fosters a kind of meditativeness, although it’s hard to get a firm grasp on the events of … Read more

Uncovering Queer (In)Justice

CLAGS News caught up with Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, & Kay Whitlock, co-authors of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, just published by Beacon Press as part of its Queer Ideas Series, after their May 7th lecture at CLAGS, and asked them to share insights from the book, … Read more Update

The International Resource Network is supported by the Ford Foundation and housed at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York. Hey, CLAGS members, have you been to recently? If not, stop by the site and check out some of our newest additions! Highlights include a previously unpublished report documenting … Read more

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