Revealing Queer, a landmark exhibition produced by Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and curated by Queering the Museum, explored the last 40 years of LGBTQ history in the Puget Sound region. The exhibition, which opened in February 2014 and ended in July of the same year, was the brainchild of Queering the Museum […]Read more "Revealing Queer: A Model for Inclusion in Museums"
Last spring, one of my students blogged about the groundbreaking exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. At the time, I was following with great interest the controversy that surrounded Hide/Seek when Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough decided to pull David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from the […]Read more "Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum"
In class this week we discussed the effectiveness of organizing and advocacy versus simply coming out in the struggle for gay rights. Clearly, both of these things were essential to achieving the progress that GLBTQ people have realized in the past decades. I want to explain what I think the particular effect of each of […]Read more "Tolerance vs. Acceptance"
Dear Fellow Fans, Yes, I know you hate the West Virginia University Mountaineers. I know WVU has been one of our biggest athletic rivals since the 1890s. Heck, I even know that WVU fans have a history of throwing objects at our players and coaches. But do you really think it’s okay to call them […]Read more "An Open Letter to My Undergraduate Institution"
When I was in sixth grade, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Nothing life threatening, just a moderate curvature of the spine. Unfortunately, I’d have to wear an ugly, bulky back brace for the next five years. I was devastated. In middle school, I wanted to be like everyone else, to blend in with my peers. […]Read more "Concealing and Revealing Ourselves"
I keep thinking the other day about our discussion about terminology—what exactly it meant to be gay, masculine, effeminate, etc. Classmates have brought up the point, I think rightly so, that for men in perceptibly “less masculine” sport/profession (for instance, figure skating), being found to a homosexual is less shocking than if someone in a […]Read more "Coming Out in the Military"