Are You Attending the Queer American Historical Association Meeting?

January 6, 2012, 10:42 am

If you see this man, it's Ian Lekus. Tell him he did a great job as chair of the CLGBTH

Although I am not in Chicago, the spirit of the Radical nonetheless walks the halls of the Marriott.

This just in from Ian Lekus, the outgoing chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (CLGBTH):  queer activities at the AHA abound.  I realized that there may be many people who did not receive this alert, since despite all my exhortations, you are still not members.  The lifetime membership is still a smoking’ hot deal at $200 (the equivalent of ten years of regular membership without the price of stamps and envelopes), while memberships for students, unemployed, and retired historians can be purchased for 5$, slightly more than that latte you just bought at Starbucks.

Here’s Ian’s message:

Hi all,

We’re off and running here in Chicago for the AHA annual meeting! This Thursday afternoon, we’ve already had a highly successful tour, the sold-out, first-ever AHA tour of an LGBT history site, at the “Out in Chicago” exhibit at the Chicago History Museum, and we had our first panel of the conference.

We have panels in every single slot of the AHA, and indeed, several panels at the same time. While those conflicts can be frustrating, they also reflect the growth and energy of our field. I’m attaching the full program for the conference as a PDF file, & it can also be printed off of our website.

Beyond our panels, I want to draw your attention specifically to several events:

– OUR ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: Fri., 12:45-1:45pm, in the Illinois Room in the Marriott

– THE LGBTQ HISTORIANS TASK FORCE OPEN FORUM: Fri., 4:45-5:45pm, in Parlor E in the Sheraton

– OUR ANNUAL RECEPTION, co-hosted with the CCWH: Fri., 7:00-9:00pm, in the Chicago Ballroom A at the Marriott.


This year, we are visiting the Leather Archives & Museum at 6418. Rutgers Ph.D., Dr. Alex Warner. “A Room of Her Own” is the first exhibit of the Women’s Leather History Project at the LA&M, and draws on Warner’s research for her recently completed doctoral dissertation on the history of lesbian sado-masochism in the U.S. The museum will be open exclusively for Committee on LGBT History guests and the evening will include a short guided tour of the museum and Alex’s exhibit.

Please meet us in the main lobby of the Marriott at 6:15-6:30pm, and we will travel together to the LA&M by taxi. For those conference attendees traveling separately to the L&M, the address is 6418 N. Greenview Ave. If you take public transit, take the Red Line to the Loyola stop, & it is a 5-10 minute walk from the station to the archives.

Look forward to seeing many of you around the conference!

At the reception, you can also give Ian a hand for his great work over the last three years, which included steering us towards a newly inclusive name change and coordinating the creation of a kick-a$$ web site.  Thank you Ian!

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