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For the seventh and final event in the Hunter College series, Policies of Pride, Roosevelt House and Hunter College’s LGBTQ Policy Center presents five of the queer movement’s outstanding thinkers, writers, and activists. Ann Pellegrini, Rich Benjamin, Chase Strangio, Jim Fouratt, and Edmund White will assess the movement’s extraordinary accomplishments since 1969 and pinpoint its policy goals for the coming decade. Charles Kaiser, acting director of the LGBTQ Policy Center, will moderate the discussion at Roosevelt House at 6 PM on June 27th.
Rich Benjamin is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.
Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She is also a co-author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race; Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance and You Can Tell Just By Looking and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, and co-editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality.
Chase Strangio is a member of the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, his work includes impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV across the United States.
Jim Fouratt is a self-described “cultural instigator:” a veteran of the Stonewall Uprising, and a founder of many of the most important movement organizations, including the Gay Liberation Front, ACT UP, HEAL and the New York LGBT Community Center.
Edmund White is the most prolific and perhaps the most celebrated gay writer of his time. He is the author of a dozen novels, including The Farewell Symphony and A Boy’s Own Story, four nonfiction books, including The Flâneur, biographies of Genet, Proust and Rimbaud, and five memoirs. Along with Larry Kramer he was one of the founders of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
The Gay Metropolis, Charles Kaiser’s landmark history of gay life in America, was republished this month in a new updated version for the Stonewall anniversary.