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Video: Gay American History @ 40

Last May it was the great pleasure of the DHI to help organize the Gay American History @ 40 Conference, a celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Jonathan Ned Katz’ seminal LGBT text, which inaugurated the birth of a whole field of writing on radicals, sexual subversives, leaders, and ordinary people incognito or under persecution in the United States. The conference, well-attended by preeminent scholars and activists alike, was an opportunity for the LGBT History community to reflect on nearly half a century of work, of ideas matured and directions changed, of how far things come and how far there is still yet to trek.

We present to you here a few of the pearls formed during those three days. First is the keynote speech by Susan Stryker, professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3nI2uKH39Y

Second is the closing session of the conference, featuring discussion, reminiscences, and rumination from Kevin Nadal, John D’Emilio, Esther Newton, Carole Vance, and Jonathan Ned Katz.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-A2i9OtYR0

(PS: take a look at the beautifully designed website Digital Fellow Alex Fine created for the conference, here at GayAmericanHistory.com)