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.

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Saturday, September 29 • 9:00am - 10:30am
“Calling Ourselves into Being”: 1950s and 60s Roots of Identity

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  • Philip Clark, "Accept Your Essential Self": The Guild Press, Identity Formation, and Gay Male Community 
  • Stuart Michaels and Wendy Espeland, Harry Hay, 10%, and the Development of the LGBT Identity Movement in the U.S.
  • Timothy Griffiths, Nobody's Protest Novel: Baldwin's Giovanni's Room and Pre-Stonewall Literary Activism
  • Moderator and Framer: Jonathan Ned Katz, On Learning about Hay and the Bachelors For Wallace


Philip Clark

Independent Scholar

Wendy Espeland

Northwestern University

Timothy Griffiths

Graduate Center, CUNY

Jonathan Ned Katz

Independent Scholar

Stuart Michaels

NORC at the University of Chicago

Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
KC 808 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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