Congratulations to Alicia Heath-Toby!

The Queer Newark Oral History Project congratulates Alicia Heath-Toby on completing her term as board chair at the Newark LGBTQ Community Center, where she continued her decades of activism and community work for LGBTQ rights and dignity. Alicia has done so much in her life, from frontline work in the struggle against HIV/AIDS, to supporting her faith community at the Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship Church, and also playing a lead role in the fight for marriage equality in New Jersey. We are honored to include her among our interviews, and you can listen to her share her life story here:
Congratulations, Alicia, and thank you for all that you’ve accomplished!

Opening Reception Thursday! “From Rebellion to Review Board: Fighting For Police Accountability in Newark”

15304081_1320335047997921_7055836983396757173_oCome join us for the opening reception of an important new exhibit, THURSDAY December 15, 2016 from 6-8pm: “From Rebellion to Review Board: Fighting For Police Accountability in Newark”

In 2016, Newark’s city council created its first civilian complaint review board with oversight over the police. This act was the culmination of more than fifty years of work by community members and organizations in the city who repeatedly demanded a review board in the face of police misconduct.

From Rebellion to Review Board tells the story of African American, Puerto Rican, and LGBTQ activists’ struggles against police misconduct and political disenfranchisement to claim power in Newark. Why did it take so long? How did differences within and between these communities help and hurt these efforts? What can we learn from this history to make a more just and equitable Newark today?

A companion exhibit, Acción Latina: Protesta y Transformación Socio-cultural en NuevaJersey, examines the forgotten Latinx riots that took place in four New Jersey towns in the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibit will be in Spanish.

Join us at the opening reception to see the exhibits, meet the graduate and undergraduate students who created them, and learn more about this important history.

RSVP here:

Exhibit Opening:
December 15, 2016
Centennial Hall
Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101-0630
(973) 733-7784

Exhibit on Display:
December 15, 2016 – February 3, 2017

Contact: Mary Rizzo, or 973-353-1166

Support provided by:
American Studies Program at Rutgers University-Newark
Cultural Programming Grant, Rutgers University-Newark
The Newark Public Library

History Department Election-2016 Teach-In series: LGBTQ Rights

History Department Election-2016 Teach-In series: LGBTQ Rights

Tuesday, December 62-3pm, 245 Conklin Hall

The History Department is hosting a series of teach-ins in response to the shock, fear, and outpouring of hate produced by the election results last month. Our first event, last week, on Islamophobia was highly successful, and we are looking forward to our next event on 12/6 on LGBTQ rights2 pm, in Conklin 245 (there will be cookies). Open to the public, and all are welcomed!

Event page:

Looking for Information on New Jersey’s Gay Black Woman Magazine

Dear all,
One of the grad students working with Queer Newark is trying to track down information on a bi-monthly magazine from the mid-nineties called New Jersey’s Gay Black Woman for her master’s thesis. Does anyone have any information or recollection of this magazine?
Below are photos of the cover and the publisher’s information. The publisher is listed as New Jersey Womyn in Newark by Karin A. Kinsey.
Any information would be greatly appreciated! Send to