In honor of the 100th anniversary of Harry Hay's birth, CLAGS and the Harry Hay Centennial Committee will sponsor a weekend conference exploring Hay's life and ideas and the multiple facets of LGBT life that Harry Hay himself pioneered. These aspects will be organized around four major themes: the arts, political activism, spirituality and sexual identities. The conference will feature presentations from scholars, activists and artists all exploring the evolution of LGBT life in the 60+ years since Hay and a small cohort of Californians founded the Mattachine Society.

To register, click here.

To read more about the conference, click here.

To see the schedule in it's entirety, click here (or on the printer icon below).

The conference also has a Facebook page.


Charles Upchurch

Florida State University
Associate Professor, British history
Brooklyn, New York
I'm a professor of British history at Florida State University, and split my time between Tallahassee, FL and Brooklyn, NY.

I received my Ph.D. in modern British history from Rutgers University in 2003. My research focuses on nineteenth-century British gender and social history, and the history of sexuality. My book, Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform (University of California Press, 2009), explores the ways in which class influenced the interpretation of same-sex desire in the period when the British state first began to police sex between men on a regular basis. It is the first work to call attention to the widespread reporting of court cases related to sex between men in mainstream London newspapers between 1820 and 1870. It also places family reactions at the center of the narrative, in order to better understand how these acts were understood within the broader culture.