Queer Newark Oral History Project Launch Event!

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On Saturday, April 23, from 5-6:30pm we are hosting a launch event at the Newark LGBTQ Center!

This special event will feature a multimedia presentation of the Queer Newark Oral History Project’s work, including archival images, sound clips from interviews, and the public debut of the new website.

Speakers will include scholars from Rutgers University-Newark, local activists and interviewees.

A reception, with refreshments from Newark vendors and music by DJ Just Love, will follow the presentation.

Space is limited-please register for the launch event: https://queernewarklaunch.eventbrite.com

Program, 5:00-6:00pm
Welcoming Remarks
QNOHP Founding – Darnell Moore, co-founder
Current Work and Website Launch
Statement on community partnership and collaboration – Rev. Janyce Jackson-Jones
Reflections from QNOHP contributors/interviewees – James Credle, June Dowell-Burton, Rodney Gilbert, and Peter Savastano
Closing Remarks
Reception with DJ Just Love, 6:00-6:30pm

*Newark LGBTQ Community Center’s 3rd Annual Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser, 7:00-9:00pm.

Registration required. Space is limited. Click HERE to RSVP for the Dance-A-Thon!

And you can also click HERE to sponsor one of the dancers and help raise money for the LGBTQ Community Center!

Newark LGBTQ Center hosts 3rd Annual Dance-A-Thon!


The Newark LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) Community Center will host its 3rd Annual Dance-A-Thon. The event will take place on April 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Center located at 11 Halsey Street in Newark, New Jersey.

Please consider sponsoring a dancer to help us raise money for the Center! Any amount is welcome and appreciated.

Click HERE to donate!

Members of Queer Newark will be there with our dancing shoes on!

The Dance-A-Thon serves as the largest single fundraising event for the Center and is responsible for supporting the operational capacity of the organization as they provide services to support the variety of needs in the Greater Newark LGBTQ community. 

The event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and features music, food, and drink provided by local businesses.

“The Dance-A-Thon represents more than just a critical fundraiser for our work.  It is also the moment where our communities and our allies come together to proclaim in one voice the progress we have made and the work that is still ahead of us,” says Reverend Janyce Jackson Jones, Executive Director of the Center and well-known LGBTQ activist in northern New Jersey. “Our work was born in struggle after the tragic 2003 murder of Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old lesbian whose life was taken on the streets of Newark.  We didn’t have a safe place then for our community to learn and grow together, and we had to struggle to get a center.  Now that we have one, we must constantly strive to make sure it stays.” The Dance-A-Thon event celebrates the cultural heritage of the LGBTQ community in the state of New Jersey and these stories reflect changes within the City of Newark, as it is in the midst of its own revitalization.

“This year, we have chosen the theme of Building Our Center One Step at a Time to speak to several important themes,” shares C. Alicia Heath-Toby, Chairperson of the Center’s Board of Directors.  “As far as centers go, ours is still a work in process.  We are forming a place that meets the needs of the Greater Newark LGBTQ community.  This process is all about collective collaboration–we must have a Center that reflects the full heritage of the people we work with day-in and day-out. And while the work is hard, we continue moving forward in order to achieve what our community deserves.”  This year proves to be a promising one as already two months out, the Center has already received both public and private commitments from more sponsors than ever before.  With this in mind, the Center believes that the Dance-A-Thon will yield the greatest ever fundraised amount in its history.

Based on recent census figures, an estimated four thousand residents of Newark identify as either lesbian or gay along with countless allies who support the advancement LGBTQ issues.  As such, the Newark LGBTQ Community Center exists to provide a safe space and foster a better quality of life for our community and allies in the Greater Newark area.  As the only LGBTQ Center open to all members of the public in Newark, New Jersey, it supports the diverse community in our area by offering programs, services and events that address the concerns of LGBTQ individuals– including homelessness, economic empowerment, health and wellness and social injustice.  We strive to affirm lives and create a space where the community feels welcomed, embraced, empowered and celebrated.

To learn more about the LGBTQ Center, check out their website: HERE.

Timothy Stewart-Winter on Revisiting the Historical Record on HIV/AIDS, From Reagan to Clinton

Rutgers-Newark Professor Timothy Stewart-Winter wrote a great article for Slate this week on why Hillary Clinton’s remarks at the funeral of Nancy Reagan are an important opportunity for remembering the real history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He also mentions the work of amazing HIV/AIDS activists in Newark.

“We must conquer AIDS before it affects the heterosexual population and the general population,” said President Ronald Reagan’s health and human services secretary, Margaret Heckler, in 1985. By then, ten thousand Americans had been diagnosed, and half of those had died.

That same year, First Lady Nancy Reagan refused a request from Elizabeth Taylor that she attend or at least lend her name to a fundraiser for AIDS.

Two years and fifteen thousand more American deaths later, President Reagan finally gave a speech about the epidemic.”

To read the full article, click HERE.

Back to the City: A Lecture and Roundtable on Timothy Stewart-Winter’s Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics

Professor Stewart-Winter to speak at CUNY next month!
From the CLAGS Evenbrite page:

“Back to the City: A Lecture and Roundtable on Timothy Stewart-Winter’s Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics
April 18, 2016, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY, Room 9204
In this lecture and roundtable discussion, Timothy Stewart-Winter and panelists will discuss his book Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), which argues that big-city municipal politics was central to the gay movement’s path since the 1950s from the closets to the corridors of power, while shifting the story from the coastal meccas to the nation’s great inland metropolis. Themes will include the role of policing in LGBTQ mobilization, the gay movement’s debt to urban black politics, the politics of region and spatial scale, and the present and future of urban queer activism. Following Stewart-Winter’s mini-lecture, Thomas J. Sugrue will lead a discussion by Phil Tiemeyer, Pauline Park, Alexandra Moffett-Bateau, and members of the audience.
Timothy Stewart-Winter is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, where he is Acting Director of Women’s & Gender Studies (spring 2016) and co-directs the Queer Newark Oral History Project. Queer Clout is Stewart-Winter’s first book. His writing has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Gender & History, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Dissent. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College, and has received Jacob K. Javits, ACLS/Mellon, and James C. Hormel fellowships. He is at work on a second book, Sex and Drugs in the AIDS Crisis, which examines the first fifteen years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S., locating queer and black experiences of illness, death, and caregiving in their material and political context.

Thomas J. Sugrue is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at NYU. For twenty-four years, he taught at Penn, where he was David Boies Professor of History and Sociology and the founding director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum. Sugrue’s research interests include the history of the United States in the twentieth century, urban politics and policy, civil rights, and race and ethnicity. He is currently writing a book on the history of real estate in modern America. His publications include These United States: The Making of a Nation, 1890 to the Present (Norton, 2015); Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton University Press, 2010); Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North (Random House, 2008), and The Origins of the Urban Crisis(Princeton University Press, 1996/2014). Sugrue has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, London Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and The Nation. Sugrue is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians.

Phil Tiemeyer is Associate Professor of History at Philadelphia University. His first book, Plane Queer: Labor Sexuality and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants(University of California Press, 2013) was awarded the 2015 John Boswell Prize from the AHA’s Committee on LGBT History for its exploration of LGBT employees in the flight attendant profession in the US. He is currently conducting research for a second book, Aerial Ambassadors: National Air Carriers and US Power in the Jet Age, which studies the formation of national airlines in the developing world, linking the business of commercial aviation to developments in diplomatic history, as well as global sexuality and gender norms. To aid his work on Aerial Ambassadors, he was awarded the Alfred Verville Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. His PhD is in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Masters degree is from the University of Chicago.

Pauline Park is chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) and president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House. She led the campaign for the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council in 2002. In January 2012, Park participated in the first US LGBTQ delegation to Palestine. Park did her B.A. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.Sc. in European Studies at the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana. She lived in Chicago from 1983-88 and 1994-95.

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and BA in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York. Alexandra’s intellectual work focuses on race, gender & politics, urban politics and political behavior, with broad specialties in American Politics and Political Theory. Her manuscript in progress examines the impact spatial and aesthetic realities in residential neighborhoods have on political engagement and political identity development. Alexandra’s research agenda is centrally concerned with the external forces that shape individual political capacity. Specifically, she is invested in thinking about how the intersections of race, class and gender can make populations especially vulnerable to the spaces they live in, the conditions within which they work and the actions of local government actors in their neighborhoods and cities.”

Aimee Cox at Rutgers-Newark!


Aimee Meredith Cox
Shapeshifters: Black Girls & the Choreography of Citizenship
Thursday, March 10, 2016
John Cotton Dana Library, 4th Floor
Aimee Cox’s first book, “Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship,” explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves. Based on eight years of fieldwork, Dr. Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.
Dr. Cox is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University. She is on the editorial board of “The Feminist Wire” and on the founding editorial board of “Public: A Journal of Imagining America.” She is also an executive board member of the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and former co-editor of “Transforming Anthropology,” the peer-reviewed journal of the ABA. In addition, she trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II.
For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.
 Free and Open to the Public. Books will be available for purchase.

Cats in the archive


Stumbled across this extremely adorable photo from 1940 of two cats in Newark drinking their milk through straws, while doing archival research on the city’s nightclub history.

The caption reads — “GOOD MANNERS: These two mouse destroyers, pets of patrons of a Newark night club have better manners than some of the customers. Instead of lapping up milk in the usual tabby fashion they insist on straws and that’s the only way they’ll take the liquid nourishment.” – Newark Star Ledger, January, 1940.