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History Café: Queer Resistance and Activism in Seattle

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people have been visible and politically active in Seattle for generations. Their activism has yielded pioneering civil rights victories. Join Historian Kevin McKenna for an exploration of local LGBTQ activism history as well as lessons this past might have for present and future activist work.

Kevin McKenna is finishing his PhD in History at the University of Washington. His dissertation, “Safer Sex: Gay Citizen-Subjects and the Municipal State, 1966-1995” examines the history of gay activism targeting municipal action in Seattle and the effects of those actions. He is the Section Coordinator of the LGBTQ Activism in Seattle Project, part of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, and he has worked with the Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project. He currently teaches at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

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Location: MOHAI, South Lake Cafe

Cost: Free

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