Annual Reports

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I am thrilled to report that OutHistory. org’s “Since Stonewall Local Histories Contest” was a success! Last June, announced the contest, which invited people from across the country to create online exhibits about the history of LGBTQ life in their local town, village, city, county or state since the 1969 Stonewall riots. In total, … Read more

Lesbian Spaces

Over 100 people attended “The Production of Lesbian Spaces in the 1970s” panel discussion, the inaugural event for In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s Spring Series. The panel discussed the creation, perception, and experience of lesbian space and place in the 1970s. After brief statements from the panelists, the audience … Read more

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

Adrienne Rich wrote, “The danger lies in forgetting what we had. The flow between generations becomes a trickle, grandchildren tape-recording grandparents’ memories on special occasions perhaps—no casual storytelling jogged by daily life, there being no shared daily life what with migrations, exiles, diasporas, rendings, the search for work. Or there is a shared daily life … Read more

Seminars in the City – Creating LGBTQ HISTORY with

Do you want to contribute to sexuality history? Do you want to learn how to use MediaWiki software? Would you like to create your own online exhibit about the LGBTQ past? You will accomplish these goals and more in this unusual CLAGS Seminar in the City. Held in a computer lab at the The Graduate … Read more

International Resource Network (IRN)-One-Day Symposium

The International Resource Network (IRN) turned eight this year. The project was conceptualized as a network of academic and community-based researchers, artists, and activists from across the globe in areas related to diverse sexualities and genders. It strives to be an internet portal ( for people interested in sexual rights and human rights from the … Read more

International Resource Network (IRN) News–Middle East Participates in the 5th Annual Anti-Homophobia Conference in Turkey

“No disenfranchised minority is free unless all disenfranchised minorities are free.” With this introductory statement Judith Butler went on to draw the links between precarity, peformativity, and sexual politics as she delivered the keynote lecture during the 5th Annual Anti-Homophobia Conference at Ankara University on May 15, 2010. The two week long (May 1-17, 2010) … Read more

WOW Café Theater Unveils 30th Anniversary Festival After Three Decades, Fierce Performers Prove the Show Will Go On

WOW Café Theater, a collective for female and trans performance artists, strutted its stuff during its Pearl festival in May by celebrating thirty years of producing risktaking, genre-defying theatre during the entire month of May 2010. Featuring more than twenty performances and fifty artists spanning a broad spectrum of music, dance, and multi-media, the Pearl … Read more

Lesbians in the 1970s

The 1970s was a period of intense excitement, change, activism, and activity for lesbians. As lesbian feminism redefined what qualified as a “political issue” and challenged every assumption about gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and any number oother social categories, lesbians of all kinds created cultural, social, political, economic, and regional organizations and networks. Lesbians … Read more

Acknowledgement of Staff/Board Changes

Here at CLAGS we’ve had a changing of the guard in recent months. Development Director Effie MacLachlan has moved on to a position at CUNY central on 80th Street, Events and Outreach Coordinator Barrak Alzaid is now Programs Co-ordinator at ArteEast, a New York-based international nonprofit organization that supports and promotes artists from the Middle … Read more

Director’s Letter

Dear Friends: CLAGS’s mission to nurture LGBT scholarship means that we’re often looking into the past and into the future at the same time, remembering the queer past as we encourage cutting-edge scholarship. This feels especially true right now, since we’re preparing for our 20th anniversary and putting the finishing touches on our historic (in … Read more

Donor Profile: Alma Karamesic-Kelley

“My partner and I want to raise our family in no other place than New York City. I want my sons to grow up in an environment where they can feel proud of their family. I support CLAGS because it promotes tolerance and celebration of diversity that makes this city so special. I came to … Read more

CLAGS Fellowships & Awards – Winners

OutHistory Fellowship Winners (2008-2009) Joey Plaster is a freelance journalist and independent scholar. His proposed exhibit, “The Polk Gulch History Project,” will feature oral history interviews with residents of this San Francisco neighborhood. Plaster argues that the Polk Gulch has been a national destination “for some of the most underrepresented segments of the queer community” … Read more

Brooklyn College to Offer Minor in LGBTQ Studies

Brooklyn College became the first CUNY school to offer undergraduates a minor in LGBTQ Studies when college faculty approved the proposal in December. “Students have been clamoring for a queer studies program for a long time,” said Paisley Currah, a political science professor who led the committee working on the program. “We’ve always had sexuality-related … Read more

Ghost Dances: A Trans-Movement Manifesto (excerpt from Susan Stryker’s Kessler Lecture)

Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, delivered the 17th annual David R. Kessler Lecture in LGBTQ Studies on November 14, 2008 at the Graduate Center. Paisley Currah, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College, and Joanne Meyerowitz, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University presented the testimonials. … Read more

Sexuality, Health and Human Rights

On October 7, 2008 CLAGS was delighted to host a panel on Sexuality, Health and Human Rights, a new book by Sonia Corrêa, Richard Parker and Rosalind Petchesky (Routledge, 2008). This ground breaking work, intended as a companion volume to the 2007 e-book SexPolitics: Reports from the front lines, provides a critical analysis of shifting … Read more

Reclamation: The Value of Black Gay Writing LGBTQ Studies Panel

How gratifying to see a packed house on October 14, 2008 for a discussion of Reclamation: The Value of Black Gay Writing! Cosponsored by CLAGS and Freedom Train Productions (, the panel of scholars—Terry Rowden, professor of African-American Literature, College of Staten Island (CUNY); Jafari Sinclaire Allen, assistant professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies/American Studies, … Read more

Giard Fellowship Evokes Enthusiastic Response

In his 1997 book, Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, Robert Giard captures nearly 200 photographs of his contemporaries. Giard’s compilation of these portraits of lesbian and gay writers, carefully accompanied with textual excerpts, led this coffee-table monograph to stand as a supreme example of what Giard himself describes as “the autobiography of … Read more

QUEERaganza: CLAGS AT Stonewall

On December 18th CLAGS hosted the First Annual Winter Benefit, Queeraganza, at the historic Stonewall Inn. The $10 cover charge included CLAGS membership for a year. The highlight of the evening, a variety show including live music, drag, and burlesque performances, was MCed by JZ Bich (Jasmina Sinanovic, CLAGS Finance Director). Alyssa Nitchun, CLAGS Director … Read more

Welcome New Board Members

ANTHONY ESCOBAR is a singer, actor, and producer living in New York City. He most recently performed in Melange A Trois, a cabaret at The Duplex Theater in December 2008. He has worked on several independent films in New York and was a voice-over character for playwright/novelist Jessica Hagedorn’s animated series “The Pink Palace” which … Read more

News from CLAGS

• An IRN meeting convened on December 6, 2008. IRN representatives and members from each region besides the Middle East were present at this productive meeting at which challenges and goals were discussed for all of the regions as well as IRN in general. • Both IRN-Africa and IRN-Latin America/Caribbean continue to elicit scholarly collaboration … Read more

Staff Changes

CLAGS extends warmest welcome to our two new staff members. Shawnta Smith joined CLAGS as our new Fellowship and Membership Coordinator. Shawnta, a librarian and archivist, received both her Masters in Library Science, and her Bachelors of Science in Queer Women’s Studies from the City University of New York. Shawnta is an Archivette with the … Read more

International Resource Network: An Update

I am pleased to introduce myself as the new project coordinator of the International Resource Network. I am very excited to be part of a project that aims to forge alliances between scholars who are often marginalized within their own academic circles, empowers regional actors to address the specialized needs of those in their own … Read more

Seminars in the City: CLAGS Continues the Tradition

In summer 2008 Carlos U. Decena, an assistant professor at Rutgers University, facilitated the three Seminars in the City: Queer Migrations (June 2nd, July 7, and August 4). The topic brought together a broad range of audience including undergraduate and graduate students, professionals from all walks of life, and people interested in LGBTQ issues. The … Read more

Director’s letter

Dear Friends: We all have guilty pleasures, and one of mine is the end-of-year top ten list. I love the condensing of the past twelve months in digestible morsels of best, worst, most important, most outrageous; it’s as though I can live the year about to expire all over again from the comfort of my … Read more

Donor Profile: Vic Muñoz

DONOR PROFILE Vic Muñoz, Ed.D. Donor for Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies in memory of Viviana Muñoz Mendoza Sylvia Rivera and my mother, Viviana Muñoz Mendoza, would have enjoyed meeting each other very much because they were both passionate community activists. It’s important to me to honor the memory and the work of those … Read more

2008-2009 Fellowships and Awards

2008–2009 Robert Giard Fellowship Winner Sonali Gulati | Out & About (Film) Sonali Gulati is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Photography & Film. She has an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. Ms. Gulati has made several … Read more

21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards – A Stellar Evening

Imagine an evening of nervous, hopeful first-time authors mingling among publishing veterans, editors and agents, as well as such literary giants as Judy Grahn, Edmund White, Joan Larkin, Andrew Holleran, Kate Clinton, and Felice Picano. The excitement was palpable on Thursday, May 28, when the Lambda Literary Foundation presented its 21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards … Read more

Queering Apartheid

D aniel Conway, Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies (PIRES), Loughborough University, presented a colloquium at CLAGS on February 18, 2009. Following is an excerpt from the paper. This paper investigates an anomaly in apartheid history whereby the ruling National Party (NP) fielded a “pro-gay rights” candidate in the Hillbrow … Read more

Unhappy Queers

I was very pleased (even happy!) to present my paper, ‘Unhappy Queers’ to CLAGS on February 6 2009. This paper was drawn from my forthcoming book, The Promise of Happiness, which will be published by Duke next year. In the past I have written on the cultural politics of emotion and I have focused more … Read more

Tease N’ Tell: the Body Politics of Burlesque

Sometime in 2003 in a bar in the East Village of New York City I discovered burlesque as a creative form. The show was Va Va Voom Room, hosted by the legendary Miss Astrid. The performers for the evening were Dirty Martini, the World Famous “BOB” and Tigger! among others. Needless to say, I was … Read more

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