Queer Newark Oral History Project Spotlight May 13th at 6pm


On May 13th at 6pm Queer Newark spotlights Kristyn Scorsone’s wonderful work “Invisible Pathways: Entrepreneurship by Queer Women of Color in Newark”! Join us and then stay for the Newark LGBTQ Community Center’s 4th Annual Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser with DJ Just Love!

To donate to the Dance-A-Thon and help support this much-needed sanctuary for the LGBTQ community in Newark, click HERE!


Upcoming talk at the NYPL: Queer Eye for the Straight Historian

The New York Public Library in NYC presents: Queer Eye for the Straight Historian!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) 

New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building – 476 Fifth Avenue The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room, New York, NY 10018

“Why is the primary narrative of American history still very often told without reference to the history of sexuality? What gets misunderstood when it goes missing? What is illuminated when it is included? Combining the political, the historical, and the personal, Christopher Phelps will explore why the history of sexuality, including LGBT history, is indispensable to the understanding of the broad sweep of American history.”

Click HERE for more information and to register for this FREE event!

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.

RU-Newark’s Annual Women’s & Gender Studies Symposium,“HIV/AIDS at 35: Local and Global Perspectives”


Only two more days until RU-Newark’s Annual Women’s & Gender Studies Symposium,“HIV/AIDS at 35: Local and Global Perspectives.” The Symposium will be held THIS WEDNESDAY, March 2nd, from 9:30am-3:45pm. It promises to be a very exciting event! Don’t miss it!

This event, which includes breakfast and lunch, is FREE and OPEN TO ALL!
For more information visit, wgs.newark.rutgers.edu

Timothy Stewart-Winter goes Beyond Stonewall

In his article in Slate, Queer Newark’s own Professor Timothy Stewart-Winter asks, “How does gay history look different when we examine it in a city not strongly associated with homosexuality?”

He writes,

“In 1970, gay activists in Chicago achieved a surprising victory. They successfully pressured the owners of the city’s biggest gay bars to drop their policy of throwing out any same-sex couple that danced together. And they couldn’t have done it without a little help from the Black Muslims—or at least their insurance agent.

Just boycott the gays bars for one night, the activists urged their fellow citizens. “Come to the Liberation Dance at the Coliseum and see what it’s like to do your thing in public,” read the flyers. It was a bold strategy, but there was a problem: The venue required an insurance policy, and every insurance agent the organizers approached said the risk was too great that the police would raid the dance, cart the attendees off to jail, and levy fines. Only on the day before the dance did the activists find a broker who’d sell them a policy—a black man whose company had insured the Nation of Islam’s annual convention at the same venue several weeks earlier.

In my work as an historian of gay American life, nothing I had read about gay liberation prepared me for this story.”

To read the rest of his article on Slate, click HERE

Timothy Stewart-Winter also has a new book on Amazon: Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (Politics and Culture in Modern America)