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Rutgers University Presents: “Queer Newark: Our Voices, Our Histories”

Queer Newark: Our Voices, Our Histories

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Essex Room, 231/232
Paul Robeson Campus Center

Rutgers-Newark has partnered with community leaders to present “Queer Newark: Our Voices, Our Histories,” a free, full-day, oral history conference examining gay life in Newark. On November 12, 2011, three generations of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Newark residents will gather to discuss aspects of their lives. The generations will be organized into separate panels of LGBT twenty to thirty-year olds, forty and fifty year olds, and sixty and above. Each panel participant will present remarks about their lives as LGBT people in the city of Newark. Discussion topics will include childhood, schools and educational life, religion and spirituality, families and parenting, sexual worlds and sexual practices, club scenes, ball scenes, friendship, fashion, sociability, art, and music. Each panel will also have a moderator to facilitate discussion. Historians and scholars of Newark history and LGBT history and studies will be on hand, as moderators and as audience members.

This major program will be held in the Essex Room, 231/232, of the Paul Robeson Campus Center on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The day will include creative performances and resources and will culminate with an evening of entertainment at The Coffee Cave, 45 Halsey Street, from 6 – 9 p.m.

It is sponsored by the Rutgers-Newark Office of Chancellor; Office of Student Life & Community Affairs; Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience; FAS-N Departments of History, Psychology, English, Sociology & Anthropology, Arts, Culture, and Media, African American and African Studies, and Political Science, Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women’s & Gender Studies; School of Criminal Justice; School of Public Affairs and Administration; Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies; Center for Migration and the Global City; RU Pride; the Rutgers-New Brunswick Center for Race & Ethnicity; Newark LGBT Commission; Pride Arts Initiative; Liberation In Truth Social Justice Center; NMB Models; Frameline; Newark Pride Alliance; City of Newark’s Advisory Commission on LGBTQ Concerns; and FEMWORKS.

For the conference program and further information, visit

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