Reclaiming Queer Radicalism: Emily K. Hobson in conversation with Amy Sueyoshi

A book talk and discussion on
Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left

Too often LGBTQ activism is represented as a self-contained struggle, set apart from other social movements. In Lavender and Red, Emily K. Hobson recounts a different history, one of queer radicals who understood their sexual liberation as intertwined with solidarity against imperialism, war, and racism. Centering on the gay and lesbian left in the late 1960s through early 1990s San Francisco Bay Area, she illuminates how sexual self-determination and revolutionary internationalism converged. Across the 1970s gay and lesbian leftists embraced socialist feminism and women of color feminism to craft a queer opposition to militarism and the New Right. In the Reagan years, they challenged U.S. intervention in Central America, collaborated with their peers in Nicaragua, and mentored the first direct action against AIDS. Lavender and Red brings together archival research, oral histories, and vibrant images and rediscovers the radical queer past for a generation of activists today.

Emily K. Hobson
is a longtime activist and an assistant professor of history and gender, race, and identity at the University of Nevada, Reno. She will speak about her book Lavender and Red in conversation with Amy Sueyoshi, co-curator of the GLBT History Museum and Associate Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State.