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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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Thursday, September 27
 

6:00pm

7:00pm

Opening Keynote Address (Will Roscoe) + Performance (The Temperamentals)

Will Roscoe: "Radical Love, Visionary Politics: The Adventure of Harry Hay"

Will Roscoe was a friend and colleague of Harry Hay for over twenty years and edited Hay’s collected writings, Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder. His own work, including The Zuni Man-Woman, Queer Spirits: a Gay Men’s Myth Book, Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America, and Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love, reflects Hay’s lasting influence.

Roscoe has been active in the lgbt movement since 1975, and as a community-based scholar, he has lectured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia. He holds a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California at Santa Cruz and has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University. In 2002 he was canonized by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for his work promoting harm reduction at lgbt clubs and circuit parties.

 

Performance: Selections from Jon Marans’ The Temperamentals

Featuring Vince Gatton, Stephen Speights, and Joey Stocks.

 

Jon Marans’ The Temperamentals first appeared Off-Broadway in 2009, and returned again to a larger audience in 2010. The play beautifully interwove the story of the emergence of the Mattachine Society with the romance of Harry Hay and Rudi Gernreich. It was well received by critics and audiences alike: the New York Times described it as “intellectual, emotional and sexual,” while David Mixner later wrote that “the cast ably enables us to see their personal struggle as they ironically have to choose between the safety of accepting oppression and the risks of wanting to live in freedom.”

 

Marans has said that his interest in Hay grew from a show he wrote in 1999 that was adapted from a Studs Terkel collection of interviews with older activists called “Coming of Age.” Hay was among those that Terkel portrayed and so Marans wrote him into three scenes. But every time the Hay character appeared, he seemed to take over the scene. “I was just blown away by the response,” Marans said. “I thought, ‘Why is he stealing the show?’” Part of the answer, he realized, was that “Hay was a visionary and a revolutionary. He saw the world differently than anybody else did back in 1950, and there was something very exciting about hearing that. And he was joyously unapologetic about who he was.”


Speakers
WR

Will Roscoe

Will Roscoe was a friend and colleague of Harry Hay for over twenty years and edited Hay’s collected writings, Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder. His own work, including The Zuni Man-Woman, Queer Spirits: a Gay Men’s Myth Book, Changing Ones: Third and... Read More →

Artists

Thursday September 27, 2012 7:00pm - 9:30pm
GC Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY
 
Friday, September 28
 

8:00am

8:30am

Coffee & Bagels
Friday September 28, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
GC Concourse Lobby - Level C

9:00am

Film: Harry Hay, James Broughton, and the Philosophy of Big Joy

Screening of the film Harry Hay, James Broughton, and the Philosophy of Big Joy.

Harry Hay and future avant-garde poet and filmmaker James Broughton were lovers when students at Stanford University in 1931. They did not meet again until 1980 at a Radical Fairy Gathering.  This program presents two of Broughton's films that Harry appeared in: Shaman Psalm, made at the second Spiritual Gathering of Radical Faeries in Colorado in 1980 and Devotions, about the many ways men can express love to one another.

The showing will be followed by a discussion about two of the spiritual godfathers of the Radical Faeries lead by filmmakers Stephen Silha and Eric Slade, who have just completed a documentary film on Broughton.



Friday September 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
GC Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

9:00am

Homophile Internationale
  • David Churchill, Homophile Internationalism, Rights Talk, and the Politics of Sexuality
  • David Minto, Mr. Grey Goes To Washington: Anglo-American Homophile Diplomacy
  • Graham Willett, Laurie Collinson and the Failure of Homophile Politics in Australia
  • Moderator: Randall Chamberlain, CLAGS

Speakers
DC

David Churchill

University of Manitoba
DM

David Minto

Yale University
GW

Graham Willett

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives


Friday September 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
GC C-197 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

9:00am

On Becoming Fairies
  • Jerry Berbiar, From Sissy to Radical Fairy
  • Murray Edelman, From Gay Liberation to the Radical Faeries: An Oral History
  • M. Deen (Mushtaq), How I Became a Faerie
  • Moderator: Joey Cain, Hay Centennial Committee

Speakers
JT

Jerry "The Faery" Berbiar

San Francisco Radical Faery community organizer and activist.
JC

Joey Cain

Harry Hay Centennial Committee, co-founder Edward Carpenter Forum
DD

Dante Deen

Playwright
ME

Murray Edelman

Rutgers University, Early Faerie and Gay Liberationist


Friday September 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
GC C-198 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

9:00am

Sexuality, Ethics, Resistance
  • Nick Mulé, From Gay Liberation to Queer Liberation: Theorizing Evolving LGBTQ Resistance and Radicalism in Canada
  • Velina Manolova, Towards a Radically Ethical Sexual Politics: Harry Hay’s Mattachines, Gay Liberation and Queer Social Justice
  • David Thorstad, Harry Hay, NAMBLA, and the Ethics of Man/Boy Love
  • Moderator: Christopher Eng, CUNY Graduate Center

Speakers
CE

Christopher Eng

CUNY Graduate Center
VM

Velina Manolova

CUNY Graduate Center
NM

Nick Mulé

York University
DT

David Thorstad

Independent Scholar


Friday September 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
GC C-202 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

9:00am

Sing Out/Act Out: Transformed by Culture
  • Scott McKinnon, "When John Kerr took his shirt off, I thought that was the best thing I'd ever seen": Gay Male Identity and Childhood Memories of the Movies
  • Heather MacLachlan, “Gay Music” and GALA Choruses: The Significance of a Gay Choral Repertoire 
  • Samuel Dorf, Who Needs Activism? Age, Race and Identity in the Gay Choral Movement
  • Moderator: Bettina Aptheker, UC Santa Cruz

Speakers
BA

Bettina Aptheker

Bettina Aptheker is Professor, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Her most recent book is Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel (2006). Her current research focuses on queering the history of the Communist Left... Read More →
SD

Samuel Dorf

University of Dayton
HM

Heather MacLachlan

University of Dayton
SM

Scott McKinnon

University of Western Sydney


Friday September 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
GC C-203 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

9:00am

Two Spirit and Gender Diversity
  • Stephen Walton, The muxe' of the Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico: Re-structuring Tradition 
  • Seth Palmer, Entextualizing the Colonial Subject: Locating the Sarimbavy of Madagascar Within Fin de Siècle Sexological Theories
  • Will Roscoe, "Two Spirit": Youth, Hate Crimes, and the Revival of Two-Spirit Identities
  • Moderator: Will Roscoe

Speakers
SP

Seth Palmer

University of Toronto
WR

Will Roscoe

Will Roscoe was a friend and colleague of Harry Hay for over twenty years and edited Hay’s collected writings, Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder. His own work, including The Zuni Man-Woman, Queer Spirits: a Gay Men’s Myth Book, Changing Ones: Third and... Read More →
SW

Stephen Walton

Volda University College, Norway


Friday September 28, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
GC C-201 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

10:45am

Keynote Address II (Cheryl Clarke)

Cheryl Clarke: Of Faeries, "Faggots," Dykes, Queens, Queers, and Homophiles

Cheryl Clarke is a poet and essayist.  She is the author of four books of poetry, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women  (1982), Living as a Lesbian (1986), Humid Pitch (1989), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement  (Rutgers Press, 2005), and The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (Carroll and Graf, 2006). She is at work on a new manuscript of poems, By My Precise Haircut.  She is currently serving as a Dean of Students at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.  Her writing has been published in numerous journals, anthologies, and magazines.


Speakers
CC

Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Clarke is a poet and essayist.  She is the author of four books of poetry, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women  (1982), Living as a Lesbian (1986), Humid Pitch (1989), Experimental Love (1993), the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
GC Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

1:30pm

Film: Harry Hay, Activist, 1990-2002

Film screening of Harry Hay, Activist, 1990-2002. Discussion afterward with Tim McCarthy.


Speakers

Friday September 28, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
GC Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

1:30pm

Bohemian Los Angeles: Art and Politics in Hay's LA
  • David Parker, The Context for Mattachine and the Homophile Movement in Los Angeles
  • Alex Joseph, When Harry Met Rudi: How the Work of Fashion Designer Rudi Gernreich Relates to Social Reformer Harry Hay
  • Diana Dinerman, A Touch of Klee: Sex, Art, and Politics at the Lester Horton Dance Theater, 1948-52
  • Christiane Robbins and Katherine Lambert, The Bauhaus Ranch... NO place Like Utopia: Gregory Ain and Cold War L.A.
  • Moderator: Nick Salvato, Cornell University

Speakers
DD

Diana Dinerman

University of Minnesota
AJ

Alex Joseph

Fashion Institute of Technology
KL

Katherine Lambert

California College of the Arts
DP

David Parker

Pierce College, Los Angeles
CR

Christiane Robbins

Jetzeit Studios
NS

Nick Salvato

Cornell University


Friday September 28, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
GC C-197 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

1:30pm

Get the Word Out! Media Past and Present
  • Ken Wachsberger, Mica Kindman: LEgend of theVietnam Era Underground Press
  • Dominic O’Grady, Michael Glynn and the Sydney Star: Preaching to the Perverted
  • Keith Gemerek, Analog to Digital in Gay Subculture Community Organizing, or How Did We Do It Without the Internet? - A Visual Journey
  • Andrea Hackl, Social Media Changing the World: How the New Media Advocates LGBT Rights
  • Moderator: Karen Miller, LaGuardia College

Speakers
KG

Keith Gemerek

Independent Photographer
AH

Andrea Hackl

Towson University
KM

Karen Miller

LaGuardia College
DO

Dominic O’Grady

University of Sydney
KW

Ken Wachsberger

Independent Scholar


Friday September 28, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
GC C-203 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

1:30pm

HIV/AIDS Politics Past and Present
  • Dan Royles, Black Men Loving Black Men is the Revolutionary Act of the 1980s 
  • Tristan Cabello, Race, Urban Boundaries and the AIDS Epidemic: Black Gay Activism in Chicago (1978-1985)
  • David Villarreal, Queering Prisons to Understand Gay Life: How the Rise of Conservatism Intersected with the HIV/AIDS Epidemic to Make the “Gay Criminal” 
  • Kirung Paul Jjingoi, Uganda, Where Being A Gay and HIV Positive is a Direct Flight to Death
  • Moderator: Sarah Chinn

Speakers
TC

Tristan Cabello

American University
KP

Kirungi Paul Jjingo

Capital Radio
DR

Dan Royles

Temple University
DV

David Villarreal

University of Texas, Austin


Friday September 28, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
GC C-198 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

1:30pm

Radically Gay Theories: Interrogating the Ideas of Harry Hay
  • Jay Michaelson, Subject-Subject, I-Thou and Eros: Harry Hay In the Light of Martin Buber
  • Jesse Oliver Sanford, The Matter of Others (Attention Is the Coin of the Spirit Realm)
  • J. Edgar Bauer, Athwart: Harry Hay's Concept of a “Third Gender Folk” and the Brunian Grasp of Nature 
  • Bill Andriette, If LGBT’s a Disaster, Is Harry to Blame?
  • Moderator: Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania

Speakers
BA

Bill Andriette

Independent Scholar
JE

J. Edgar Bauer

Independent Scholar
HL

Heather Love

University of Pennsylvania
JM

Jay Michaelson

Hebrew University
JO

Jesse Oliver Sanford

University of California, Berkeley


Friday September 28, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
GC C-201 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

1:30pm

The Gay Revolution? Liberation Politics and Culture in the 1970s
  • Rich Wandel, The Actions and Political Philosophy of New York's Gay Activist Alliance, 1969-1971: Reflections of GAA's Second President 
  • Stephen Vider, “The Ultimate Extension of Gay Community”: Gay Urban Communes and the Reinvention of the Household 
  • Emily Hobson, "On Our Identity as Faggots": Whiteness and Male Gender in the 1970s Gay Left 
  • Phil Tiemeyer, Gay Liberation and the Male Flight Attendants: Winning Queer Victories in Non-Queer Ways, 1966-1971
  • Moderator: Eduardo Contreras

Speakers
EC

Eduardo Contreras

Hunter College
EH

Emily Hobson

University of Nevada, Reno
PT

Phil Tiemeyer

Philadelphia University
SV

Stephen Vider

Harvard University
RW

Rich Wandel

Founder, LGBT Community Center National History Archive, and GAA Activist


Friday September 28, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
GC C-202 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

1:30pm

Workshop: "Too Old to be Gay?" or "Too Young to Understand?": Navigating the LGBTQ Generation Gap Through Applied Theater

Led by Jennifer Houseal, Kevin Ray, and Sherry Teitelbaum of Everybody Act!

This interactive workshop, based on 2011's "Bridging the Gap" project, in partnership with SAGE, uses theater activities to explore the generation gap within the LGBT community.



Friday September 28, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
GC C-204 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

3:30pm

Film: De Profundis

De Profundis by Lawrence Brose, uses vintage Gay erotica, found home movies, Oscar Wilde's prison letter and Frederick Rzewski's musical composition to create a meditation on Gay sexuality and an exploration of evolving concepts of masculinity. However, under the powers of the US Patriot Act, film maker Lawrence Brose has been accused by the Department of Homeland Security of downloading illicit images of children. Many of the still images from De Profundis are being used by the US Government to build a case against him. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion on Lawrence's case and the profound impact on queer artistic expression posed by the unchecked powers of the state in the age of the perpetual "war on terrorism".

Discussion afterward with Sarah Schulman, Jonathan D. Katz, Judith Levine, and Keith Gemerek



Friday September 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:15pm
GC Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

3:30pm

Homophile Radicalism: A Contradiction in Terms?
  • C. Todd White, From Homophile to Gay: Harry Hay as a Bridge Between Two Movements
  • Jason Shepard, The First Amendment and the Dissenter: Communism, Homosexuality and Expressive Freedom
  • Kent Peacock, Can the Homosexual Be A Negro?  (Not) making The Mattachine Society of Washington, DC Racially Diverse, 1962-1970 
  • Timothy Stewart-Winter, Allen Ginsberg Stole My Trick: Reflections on Homophile History and Chicago ‘68
  • Moderator: Marc Stein, York University

Speakers
KP

Kent Peacock

Florida State University
JS

Jason Shepard

California State University, Fullerton
MS

Marc Stein

York University
TS

Timothy Stewart-Winter

Rutgers University
CT

C. Todd White

Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Friday September 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:15pm
GC C-197 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

3:30pm

New Directions for Contemporary LGBT Politics
  • Adele Carpenter,Mapping Alliances: GI Resistance and Queer Anti-War Politics
  • Tif Fernandez, Queers for Humanity & the Quest for Equality 
  • Viktor Zimmermann, Gay State: An Analytical Approach
  • Phil Wilkie, Challenging Hate Crimes Laws
  • Moderator: Jennifer Gaboury, Hunter College

Speakers
AC

Adele Carpenter

Independent Scholar
TF

Tif Fernandez

American Equality Bill Project
JG

Jennifer Gaboury

Hunter College
PW

Phil Wilkie

Independent Scholar
VZ

Viktor Zimmermann

Gay Homeland Foundation


Friday September 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:15pm
GC C-198 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

3:30pm

Querying Queer Empiricism
  • Colin Johnson, Honest Alfred, Honest Eve
  • Heather Love, Underdogs: Queer Theory and the Politics of the Outside 
  • Susan Stryker, Queering the Object of Knowledge: How Modernist Epistemology Makes Strange Bedfellows of Transgender, Premoderns and Non-Westerns
  • Moderator: Jason Baumann, New York Public Library

Speakers
JB

Jason Baumann

New York Public Library
CJ

Colin Johnson

Indiana University Bloomington
HL

Heather Love

University of Pennsylvania
SS

Susan Stryker

University of Arizona


Friday September 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:15pm
GC C-201 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

3:30pm

Radical Spirituality: New Queer Directions
  • Toby Johnson, New Myth of "Spiritual But Not Religious" Through the Gay Window 
  • Donald Boisvert, The Sexed Spirit: Harry Hay and the Sacred Gay Body 
  • Joseph Wade Smith, Radical Faeries as Radical Ecologists: Extending the Web of Harry Hay's Subject-SUBJECT Consciousness.
  • Melissa Wilcox, Serious Parody: Genderfuck, "Religionfuck", and the Politics of Spirituality in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • Moderator: Darnell L. Moore, Writer and Activist

Speakers
DB

Donald Boisvert

Concordia University
TJ

Toby Johnson

Lethe Press
JW

Joseph Wade Smith

University North Carolina-Charlotte
MW

Melissa Wilcox

Whitman College


Friday September 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:15pm
GC C-202 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY

3:30pm

Sex...politics...action! Identity and Film in the Years of Gay Liberation
  • Thomas Hafer, Preventing Gay Liberation Puritanism: Use of Gay Liberation by Bohemian Filmmakers
  • Tara Burk, Imagining Radical Feminism: Lesbian Art in the 1970s
  • Ryan Powell, Liberation Porn
  • David Gerstner, Choreographing Homosexual Desire in Philippe Vallois' Johan
  • Moderator: Ronald Gregg, Yale University

Speakers
TB

Tara Burk

CUNY Graduate Center
DG

David Gerstner

CUNY Graduate Center
RG

Ronald Gregg

Yale University
TH

Thomas Hafer

CUNY Graduate Center
RP

Ryan Powell

Regents College, London


Friday September 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:15pm
GC C-203 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

3:30pm

Workshop: Foundational Sharing, Queerness, & HIV

Led by Nelson Santos, Aldrin Valdez, and Ted Kerr of Visual AIDS

Foundational Sharing will create a salon atmosphere, making space for connections between what is being shared at the conference and the practice of participating artists. Join us as we braid together the living & the dead, the printed & the feeling, and the practiced & the spontaneous.



Friday September 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:15pm
GC C-204 CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

7:00pm

Keynote Address III (Bettina Aptheker) + Performance (Intelligent Homosexual's...)
  • Keynote by Bettina Aptheker: "Queer Dialectics/Feminist Interventions: Harry Hay and the Quest for a Revolutionary Politics."

Bettina Aptheker is Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of five books including Woman's Legacy: Essays on Race, Sex and Class in American History; Tapestries of Life: Women's Work, Women's Consciousness and the Meaning of Daily Life; and Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel.  Her current research is on queering the history of the Communist Left in the United States.

Professor Aptheker grew up in the milieu of the Communist Party USA. Her mother was a union organizer and her father a Marxist historian. Her first job was in the home of W.E.B. Du Bois and in 1964 she was a leader in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. After completing her master's degree at San Jose State University, she taught African-American and Women's Studies there. In the early 1980s, she completed her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Scene from Tony Kushner’s

Scenes from Tony Kushner’s Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

 

When Tony Kushner’s I-Ho (for short) opened at the Public Theater in New York in the spring of 2011 – having premiered in 2009 in Minneapolis – New York audiences rushed to see what Kushner had created. He offered what the New York Times deemed a “densely textured portrait of a Brooklyn family” brought together to confront the imminent suicide of its patriarch, a former Communist and labor leader.

 

Kushner has described the play as a “family drama,” somewhere in the lineage of Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, though in this family one adult child is a lesbian with an ex-husband, another a gay man with a long-term partner and a favorite hustler, and there is a sister who is a former nun and Maoist. Together they wrestle with their father’s and their own losses of faith. “I don’t know how to get out of the morass, either,” Kushner has said in reference to the play. “I just know that there’s a great deal of value in not running away from it. That’s why we made this weird activity” – meaning, theater. “So we could find social occasions to encounter these things.”


Speakers
BA

Bettina Aptheker

Bettina Aptheker is Professor, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Her most recent book is Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel (2006). Her current research focuses on queering the history of the Communist Left... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2012 7:00pm - 9:30pm
GC Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York NY
 
Saturday, September 29
 

8:30am

Check-In & On-Site Registration
Saturday September 29, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
Kimmel Center Lobby

8:30am

Coffee
Saturday September 29, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
KC 910 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:00am

Harry and the Faeries Take Wing: Photos of Early Radical Faerie Gatherings by Mark Thompson plus Faerie Tales (1992) by Philippe Roques and FaerieFilm (1993) by Eugene Salandra.

Author, editor and photographer Mark Thompson presents a slide show of his photos of Harry Hay and early Radical Faerie gatherings. Presented with the rarely seen early Radical Faerie short films Faerie Tales by Philippe Roques and FaerieFilm by Eugene Salandra.


Speakers
MT

Mark Thompson

Scholar, Journalist, and White Crane Institute


Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
KC Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

9:00am

Creating Communities: Telling Stories of Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Mohamed Zaki, “We Are Our Stories”: Story-Telling, Community and Togetherness in Cairo's Gay Scene 
  • Michael Miller, “Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances”: Strange Brother, Walt Whitman, and the Performative Space of Contradiction in Jazz Age New York
  • Brad Rega, Gay Male Discourse of Masculinity and its Policing
  • Moderator: James Green, Brown University

Speakers
JG

James Green

Brown University
MM

Michael Miller

CUNY Graduate Center
BR

Brad Rega

American University
MZ

Mohamed Zaki

London School of Economics


Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
KC 805 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:00am

Eat Your Fetish!: Against Equality and the Politics of Queer Cultural Production and Appropriation
  • Yasmin Nair, Revolt, Agitate, Starve: Against Equality and Academic Appropriation 
  • Ryan Conrad, When Nudity Gets Naked: Against Equality, Art, and Cultural Production
  • Karma Chávez, This is Your Prison on Neoliberalism: Against Equality, the Global Gay Agenda, and the Prison Industrial Complex
  • Moderator: Jennifer Gaboury, Hunter College

Speakers
KC

Karma Chávez

University of Wisconsin and Member Against Equality
RC

Ryan Conrad

Concordia University and Co-Founder Against Equality
JG

Jennifer Gaboury

Hunter College
YN

Yasmin Nair

Gender JUST and Co-Founder Against Equality


Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
KC 904 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:00am

Oral History Lounge

Facilitated by Steven Watson, cultural historian, and Tim McCarthy, documentary filmmaker.

Harry Hay touched so many of our lives. Some among us knew him well, some had extraordinary encounters, and some had fleeting sightings. Whatever your experience, take a few minutes to record those memories in an oral history interview that could be preserved for future scholars and researches. Answer a few questions about how you encountered Hay, what your experience with him was, and what its impact was on you, and help preserve this slice of the past.


Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
KC 908 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:00am

Queer Ethnic Identities: The Italian American Example
  • Michael Schiavi, When One (Dead) Gay Italian Son Helps Another
  • Michael Carosone, Disgracing the Family? The History/Non-History of Gay Italian Americans
  • Joseph Anthony LoGiudice, My IDentity Is Lavender, So Am I Italian American?
  • Moderator: Nick Salvato, Cornell University

Speakers
MC

Michael Carosone

Teachers College of Columbia University
JA

Joseph Anthony LoGiudice

Graduate Center, CUNY
NS

Nick Salvato

Cornell University
MS

Michael Schiavi

New York Institute of Technology


Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
KC 906 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

9:00am

“Calling Ourselves into Being”: 1950s and 60s Roots of Identity
  • 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

Speakers
PC

Philip Clark

Independent Scholar
WE

Wendy Espeland

Northwestern University
TG

Timothy Griffiths

Graduate Center, CUNY
JN

Jonathan Ned Katz

Independent Scholar
SM

Stuart Michaels

NORC at the University of Chicago


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

9:00am

Workshop: The Personal Is Political Is Spiritual... or... Hypnosis, Spirituality, Political and Personal Change

Led by Murray Edelman,RUtgers University, early Faerie and Gay Liberationist

Experience a trance state, connect with others, and examine the experience through spiritual and political perspectives.  We’ll include some theory, oral history, and ritual.

 


Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
KC 804 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

10:00am

Check-In & On-Site Registration
Saturday September 29, 2012 10:00am - 3:30pm
KC 910 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

10:45am

Film: Hope Along The Wind

Film screening of Hope Along The Wind. Discussion afterward with Director Eric Slade.


Speakers

Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm
KC Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

10:45am

Culture, Politics, and Lesbian Identity
  • Bonnie Morris, The Rise, Fall, and Meaning of Lesbian Cultural Gatherings 
  • Kyle Bella, The Politics of Collective Feeling In Akilah Oliver's Poetry
  • Becky Smith, Death of the Southern Lady: Lesbian Feminist Activism in the Conservative South, 1972-1986
  • Moderator: Eduardo Contreras, Hunter College

Speakers
KB

Kyle Bella

Goddard College
EC

Eduardo Contreras

Hunter College
BM

Bonnie Morris

George Washington University
BS

Becky Smith

University of Houston


Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm
KC 904 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

10:45am

I Do Believe in Faeries: Advocating Transhistorical Identities and Archetypes
  • Jason Baumann, Sissies, Faggots and Fays: Radical Faeries and the Subversion of Identity 
  • Michael Lecker, The Fools Speak The Truth: The Creation of Queer Archetypes in the Radical Faerie Community
  • David Edleson, Occupying Faerie Tribe: Exploring the Numinous Tension between Sacred Space and Historical Reality
  • Moderator: Michelle Billies, Kingsborough College

Speakers
JB

Jason Baumann

New York Public Library
MB

Michelle Billies

Kingsborough College
DE

David Edleson

Community College of Vermont
ML

Michael Lecker

George Mason University


Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm
KC 805 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

10:45am

Lavender Left, Part I: Homosexuality and Radicalism in 20th-Century U.S.
  • Bettina Aptheker, Queering The History of the Communist Party, USA
  • Dayo Gore, “My Pattern of Life”: Gender, Sexuality and the Left In Pauli Murray's Political Vision 
  • Aaron Lecklider, “To Be One With The People”: Homosexuality in the Cultural Front
  • Avram Finkelstein, Silence = Death
  • Moderator: Amy Hoffman

Speakers
BA

Bettina Aptheker

Bettina Aptheker is Professor, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Her most recent book is Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel (2006). Her current research focuses on queering the history of the Communist Left... Read More →
AF

Avram Finkelstein

Independent Artist and Writer, Member Gran Fury Art Collective
DG

Dayo Gore

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
AH

Amy Hoffman

Writer/Editor
AL

Aaron Lecklider

University of Massachusetts, Boston


Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm
KC 808 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

10:45am

Oral History Lounge

Facilitated by Steven Watson, cultural historian, and Tim McCarthy, documentary filmmaker.

Harry Hay touched so many of our lives. Some among us knew him well, some had extraordinary encounters, and some had fleeting sightings. Whatever your experience, take a few minutes to record those memories in an oral history interview that could be preserved for future scholars and researches. Answer a few questions about how you encountered Hay, what your experience with him was, and what its impact was on you, and help preserve this slice of the past.


Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm
KC 908 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

10:45am

Queer Encounters with the Christian Sacred
  • Michael Kelly, LIVING SPRING, LIVING FIRE: reflections on the creative and transformative interweaving of the Christian mystical tradition with the spiritual and sexual journeys of contemporary gay men
  • India Pierce, Fashion Me Fancy: Carving Out A Black Christian Lesbian Identity in the Black Church 
  • Kelby Harrison, Sexual Souls: Religious Concepts as Sexual Identities 
  • David Givens, The Sanctioned and Subversive Nature of Saints in Roman Catholics' Discourse and Experience of Homosexuality
  • Moderator: Melissa Wilcox

Speakers
DG

David Givens

University of Pittsburgh
KH

Kelby Harrison

Independent Scholar
MK

Michael Kelly

Monash University
IP

India Pierce

Ohio State University
MW

Melissa Wilcox

Whitman College


Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm
KC 906 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

10:45am

Stop the Presses! Queer Publishing Round Table
  • Perry Brass
  • Bambi Gauthier
  • Richard Schneider, Jr.
  • Dan Vera
  • Bo Young
  • Mark Thompson

Speakers
PB

Perry Brass

Playwright, Novelist, Poet
RS

Richard Schneider, Jr.

Editor in Chief, Gay and Lesbian Review
MT

Mark Thompson

Scholar, Journalist, and White Crane Institute
DV

Dan Vera

White Crane Institue
BY

Bo Young

White Crane Institute


Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm
KC 804 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

1:30pm

Queer Characters: The Eccentrics of Gay Liberation
  • Christina Hanhardt, The Curious Charisma of Ray Broshears - 
  • Tavia Nyong'o, Doing Time with Donny the Punk - 
  • Reina Gossett, Y’all Better Quiet Down! From STAR to Gay Shame
  • Abram Lewis, ESP, Extraterrestrials and Transsexual Liberation: Angela Douglas and the Challenges of Transgender  History
  • Moderator: Gayatri Gopinath, NYU

Speakers
RG

Reina Gossett

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
CH

Christina Hanhardt

University of Maryland
AL

Abram Lewis

University of Minnesota
TN

Tavia Nyong'o

New York University


Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15am
KC 805 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

1:30pm

Film: Infrared - New Visions of West Coast Underground

Defying standards of narrative cinema and normative desire, embracing radical politics and documenting the freaky beauty of queer culture, these shorts range from video performance to stunning 16mm celluloid, from campy debauchery to sensual studies in light and texture. This program brings together filmmakers from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle whose work exemplifies the passionate eyes of today’s queer avant-garde. Included in the program is Even, As You and I (1937) an avant-garde send up of European Surrealist film directed by and starring Harry Hay, Roger Barlow, and LeRoy Robbins.

Discussion Afterward with Malic Amalya, San Francisco Art Institute, Curator

Even: As You and I; Harry Hay, Roger Barlow, LeRoy Robbins; 1937; 12 minutes

Leafless; Nazli Dincel; 2011; 8 minutes

Ideal Geography; Jackie Davis and Heather Lane; 2010; 4 minutes

Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow; Malic Amalya & Max Garnet; 2012; 10 minutes

Beige Slow Change and Quick Change #203, Escape #5; Syniva Whitney; 2012; 6.5 minutes

CRY BOY CRY; Chris Vargas; 2012; 5 minutes

Things We Both Know (Not Our Real Names); Finn Paul; 2012; 7 minutes

Pedro Fernandez’s Cock; Animal, Vegetable, Mineral; The Symptoms; Cambois; Migueltzinta Cah Mai Solis; 2012; 9 minutes

George Kuchar, August 2011; Lindsay Laven; 2011; 8 minutes

My Night in a Butt Shell; Lindsay Laven; 2011; 5 minutes 

At Least You Know You Exist; Zackary Drucker; 2011; 16 minutes

 


Speakers
MA

Malic Amalya

San Francisco Art Institute, Curator


Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
KC Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

1:30pm

Examining the Limits of Identity Frameworks: Past & Present
  • Charles Upchurch, Charles Muirhead's London- Sexuality and Identity 1820s 
  • Rostom Mesli, "Something Much Bigger than Debauchery or the Fight for Homosexuality: Daniel Guerin or the Impossible Emancipation of Sexuality
  • Wim Peumans, Transgressive Sexualities and First Generation Muslim Migration: Narratives from Belgium
  • Moderator: Rebecca Jordan-Young, Barnard College

Speakers
RJ

Rebecca Jordan-Young

Barnard College
RM

Rostom Mesli

University of Michigan
WP

Wim Peumans

University of Leuven
CU

Charles Upchurch

Florida State University


Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
KC 906 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

1:30pm

Interrogating the Normal: LGBT Representations in TV
  • Laura Portwood-Stacer, The Spectacular Normalization of the Trans Narrative: Reality Makeover TV and the Embodied Trans Subject
  • Evren Savci, The Zenne Dancer and Transnational Normalcy 
  • Bryan Rosenberg, Gender Fuck on Prime-Time TV: A Critique of Coach Beiste and Glee 
  • Moderator: Lisa Stulberg, New York University

Speakers
LP

Laura Portwood-Stacer

New York University
BR

Bryan Rosenberg

New York University
ES

Evren Savci

Northwestern University
LS

Lisa Stulberg

New York University


Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
KC 904 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

1:30pm

Lavender Left, Part II: Radical Exclusions and Inclusions
  • Rosalyn Baxandall, Sexual Fluidity: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Marie Equi and the Communist Party Repression of Lesbians
  • David Waggoner, Homophobia in Marxist Ideology
  • Lisa Davis, Gay In The CPUSA: Angela Calomiris and Harry Hay
  • James Green, Exiles Within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Brazilian Gay Revolutionary
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Escoffier, CLAGS

Speakers
RB

Rosalyn Baxandall

CUNY Labor School, and Bard Prison Project
LD

Lisa Davis

Independent Scholar
JG

James Green

Brown University
DW

David Waggoner

San Francisco State University


Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
KC 808 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

1:30pm

Oral History Lounge

Facilitated by Steven Watson, cultural historian, and Tim McCarthy, documentary filmmaker.

Harry Hay touched so many of our lives. Some among us knew him well, some had extraordinary encounters, and some had fleeting sightings. Whatever your experience, take a few minutes to record those memories in an oral history interview that could be preserved for future scholars and researches. Answer a few questions about how you encountered Hay, what your experience with him was, and what its impact was on you, and help preserve this slice of the past.


Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
KC 908 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

1:30pm

Workshop: Heart Circle

“Heart Circle Practicum to Investigate Queer Consciousness”

Led by Chas Nol and Paul Wirhun.

 



Saturday September 29, 2012 1:30pm - 3:15pm
KC 804 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

3:30pm

Closing Keynote Address (John D'Emilio)

John D'Emilio: "Do We Need Another Hero?"

John D'Emilio is a Professor of History and of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research areas include the U.S. since World War II, social movements, and the history of sexuality. A pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies, he is the author or editor of more than half a dozen books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: the Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States; Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, with Estelle Freedman; Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, a National Book Award finalist; and e.The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture.

D’Emilio has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities; was a finalist for the National Book Award; and received the Brudner Prize from Yale University for lifetime contributions to gay and lesbian studies. A former co-chair of the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he was also the founding director of its Policy Institute.


Speakers
JD

John D'Emilio

John D’Emilio is Professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. His research areas include the U.S. since World War II, social movements, and the history of sexuality. A pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies, he is the author... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm
KC Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

7:00pm

“A Roll In The Hay” — An Evening of Performance
  • Performances by members of the New York Radical Faeries, including Hucklefaery, Donald Gallagher, Eddie Rubeiz, Reverend Yolanda Roger Anthony Mapes, Pistol Pete Sturman and Agnes de Garron and the Faerie Drum Circle 
  • Fashion tribute to Rudi Gernreich, Mattachine co-founder and lover of Hay, by contemporary designer Cody Sai 
  • Short film by James Broughton, lover and fellow Stanford student 
  • Musical piece composed by friend and collaborator John Cage 
  • Popular tunes from the Peoples Song Movement 
  • Sacred song from Hay's time with the Hopi in New Mexico by Charles Lawrence

Tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance at http://harryhay.eventsbot.com.

There will be limited ticket availability at the door the evening of the performance.




Saturday September 29, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street New York, NY

10:00pm

After-Party at the Stonewall Inn

After-Party at the Stonewall Inn.

 


Saturday September 29, 2012 10:00pm - Sunday September 30, 2012 3:00am
The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher Street, New York, NY
 
Sunday, September 30
 

12:00pm

Radical Faeries and Money

Harry Hay’s appreciation of economic justice and the importance of economic conditions predated his founding of the Radical Faeries or the Mattachine Society. He was a member of the Communist Party first. His “visionary” perspective for the role of Gay people in society included an activism that was pragmatic and he often outreached to less empowered groups in society. He was an organizer and a leader that looked outward always for the common good. 

 

Today U.S. Radical Faeries maintain an entrenched, albeit marginal identity within the wide spectrum of the American gay movement. While Faeries continue to cling to gender bending, unyielding expressions of free expression, weak anarchistic social activism, and a candle that serves as a search light for what makes up “gay spirituality,” one can argue they make a much smaller impact on the common good then Hay might have wished and certainly then this author believes is possible.

In particular the conversation and ethos of money as an organizational principle has been stunted in the Radical Faerie community to the great disempowerment of this otherwise potentially powerful group. A square look at the Radical Faeries attitudes about money creates an engaging conversation.

 

Radical Faeries embrace “No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds”, (NOTAFLAF), but this value is becoming strained in today’s economic hard times. Faeries also live collectively in a few “sanctuaries” around the country, but most of these exist on the deeply economic margin and include a tiny fraction of the Radical Faerie community at large.

 

Why have the Faeries, so empowered in so many areas, failed to empower themselves financially? What break-through is available for the Radical Faerie Community within this almost taboo topic? What might empower the Radical Faeries within an hyper-capitalist society to make a greater impact on the social good?

This will be held in room 102.

 


Speakers

Sunday September 30, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45am
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street New York, NY

12:00pm

Edward Carpenter and the Roots of the Radical Fairies

This presentation explores the ideas and activism of late nineteenth, early twentieth century Gay rights pioneer, poet, anarchist and socialist Edward Carpenter. It looks at his ideas about the social and culturall roles of Gay men in the larger society as part of a continuum of Gay self-conceptualization that  began with Walt Whitman and continues down to today through Harry Hay and others.   

This will be held in room 203.


Speakers
JC

Joey Cain

Harry Hay Centennial Committee, co-founder Edward Carpenter Forum


Sunday September 30, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street New York, NY

12:00pm

Oral History Lounge

Facilitated by Steven Watson, cultural historian, and Tim McCarthy, documentary filmmaker.

Harry Hay touched so many of our lives. Some among us knew him well, some had extraordinary encounters, and some had fleeting sightings. Whatever your experience, take a few minutes to record those memories in an oral history interview that could be preserved for future scholars and researches. Answer a few questions about how you encountered Hay, what your experience with him was, and what its impact was on you, and help preserve this slice of the past.

This will be held in room 205.


Speakers
SW

Stephen Walton

Volda University College, Norway


Sunday September 30, 2012 12:00pm - 4:00pm
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street New York, NY

1:00pm

Radical Faerie Heart Circle

Free of charge and open to all, the Heart Circle was the centerpiece of Hay's teachings over the last decades of his life and remains a central principle of the Radical Faerie community.  Hay learned the circle process from his years in San Juan Pueblo, Colorado, and used it to build community, to govern through consensus and to discover our true essence as "a separate people whose time has come".  Everyone is invited to participate in the Heart Circle by speaking "from the heart" as the talisman, or talking stick, is passed around the circle.  Speaking is not mandatory.

Open to the public, free of charge.  This will be held in Room 101.



Sunday September 30, 2012 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street New York, NY