Events

Upcoming Events

  • "At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project," Opening Reception. Newark Public Library. Doors open at 5pm. Program begins at 6pm. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender and queer people have made Newark their home for generations. In spite of poverty, violence, illness, racism and discrimination, the LGBT community has thrived.This exhibit, based on interviews from the Queer Newark Oral History Project (queer.newark.rutgers.edu), tells stories of activism, of creative expression in balls, and finding community in traditional churches, new places of worship, bars, nightclubs, and on street corners. Join us and hear the voices of LGBTQ Newark! RSVP at FACEBOOK event page.
 

Past Events

  • "Presenting the Queer Past: Many Perspectives, Many Options, Many Questions," a talk by Dr. Sue Ferentinos. 5:30pm. October 26, 2017. Dana Room, 4th Floor Dana Library, 185 University Avenue. In the United States, mainstream discussion of the history of same-sex love and desire is still relatively uncommon, although that fact is rapidly changing. Spurred on by growing social acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and the federal government’s nationwide LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, more and more museums and historic sites are introducing queer topics into their programming and exhibitions. This interactive talk will offer an overview of recent efforts in this area, as well as considering some ongoing challenges for bringing the queer past to a wide audience. Susan Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant, specializing in inclusive interpretation and historic preservation. Her current projects include a survey of potential National Historic Landmarks related to LGBTQ history in the northeast; a National Register nomination for the home of sexologist Alfred Kinsey; and consulting with the Stonewall National Monument on the historical significance of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Dr. Ferentinos is the author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield), which won the 2016 book award from the National Council on Public History.
  • Newark Transgender History with local pioneer Miss Pucci Revlon. 6:00-7:30 pm. October 25, 2017. Ackerson Hall (Dean's Lounge), Rutgers University-Newark, 180 University Avenue. Miss Pucci Revlon was born in Newark in the late 1950s and has lived here for most of her life, living her truth as a transwoman since late high school. Miss Pucci attended Essex County College, which like most of Newark she found a safe and welcoming place, aside from one dramatic confrontation with a gay-bashing gang. On Wednesday, October 25, hear Miss Pucci elaborate on queer Newark clubs and the multiracial, multilingual community she grew up, as well as her memories of the North Jersey/NYC ballroom scene. After Miss Pucci’s talk, this event will also feature the debut of the Pucci Revlon Photo Archive, now housed by the Queer Newark Oral History Project (queer.newark.rutgers.edu). 
  • "Radical Roots of Public History: Social Justice Activism Within the Historical Landscape," a talk on public history and social justice with Dr. Denise Meringolo. October 5, 2017. 5:30 PM. Rutgers University-Newark, Dana Room, Dana Library,185 University Avenue. In this talk, Dr. Denise Meringolo identifies a different, less well-documented history of social justice activism among historians. She will focus on those who understood the practices of collecting, preserving, analyzing, and interpreting the past as entirely compatible with –even necessary for—productive political discourse, and embraced the potential of their work to promote social justice. Drawing on her research and collaborative work on projects like Preserve the Baltimore Uprising, an online digital repository on the protests against police brutality that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, Meringolo will identify how historical inquiry has been put to the task of advancing change. She will raise important questions about the nature, limitations, and conditions of social justice oriented historical work. And, she will ask us to consider the ways in which the invisibility of this history has prevented us from fully theorizing civic engagement as a core practice of historical professionalism.
  • QNOHP Walking Tour. July 25, 2017. Departing from BURG at 6pm. The QNOHP tour will highlight the rich and illuminating experiences of the city’s LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming communities. Featuring both historical landmarks and contemporary sites, tour leaders will share stories about key events, significant happenings, and interesting personalities that showcase the resilience of an often-invisible population of Newarkers.
  • QNOHP Walking Tour. July 6, 2017. departing from BURG at 6pm. As part of Military Park Newark Downtown Tours, the QNOHP tour will highlight the rich and illuminating experiences of the city’s LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming communities. Featuring both historical landmarks and contemporary sites, tour leaders will share stories about key events, significant happenings, and interesting personalities that showcase the resilience of an often-invisible population of Newarkers.
  • QNOHP Spotlight. 6:00pm. May 13, 2017. “Invisible Pathways: Entrepreneurship by Queer Women of Color in Newark” by Kristyn Scorsone. Followed by the Newark LGBTQ Communtity Center's Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser with music by DJ Just Love from 7-9pm. 
  • Telling Untold Histories Unconference. May 11, 2017. "Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told." Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference that looks for human stories yet to be told – explores these histories and asks why some stories remain untold. How can the community members who lived these histories shape how museums, historic sites, libraries, and schools tell them in the future? Because we value the knowledge you bring, this unconference puts you at the center. Participants create the program by suggesting and choosing sessions on the day of the unconference. Feel the suspense building! Workshops offer attendees the chance to learn new skills to help you tell stories. Discussions and activities connect you with new people and leave you inspired. Registration required.
  • "LGBTQ Veterans and Active Military Service: The Courage to Be..." 6:00-9:00 pm, Thursday, March 30, 2017 Ackerson Hall (Dean's Lounge), Rutgers University-Newark, 180 University Avenue. The series encourages LGBTQ veterans and active duty professionals to share their lived experience with the Newark and Rutgers communities. The focus is representing our nation with intersecting identities during war... then and now. The program will begin with film clips followed by a discussion with panelists James Credle, Benny Roman, Danielle King, and Jahari Shears-King.  
  • "Homecoming for LGBTQ Veterans of War: Part I." 7:00-9:00pm, October 20, 2016 Ackerson Hall, Rutgers University-Newark, 180 University Avenue.  Join panelists Grace Perez, Ann Treadaway, James Credle, Kevin J. Stevens, Andrew Germek, Omar Jean in the Deans’ Lounge on the 1st floor of Ackerson Hall for an intergenerational and multi-military service panel of LGBTQ Veterans and Active Duty professionals. This program encourages LGBTQ veterans to share their lived experiences with the Newark and Rutgers communities, focusing on how representing our nation during war has shaped their intersecting identities.
  • "Becoming Visible: Reflections on the Queer Newark Oral History Project." 12:15-1:15pm, September 20, 2016. Join Timothy Stewart-Winter, Whitney Strub, and Naomi Extra for this lunchtime lecture presented by the Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy, in partnership with the Eric Neisser Program. Free and open to the public, but registration required, http://law-library.rutgers.edu/cgslp_becoming_visible.
  • Free Oral History Workshop with Timothy Stewart-Winter. 1:00-4:00pm, August 31, 2016. Space is limited, registration required. For more information and to register visit https://qnohporalhistoryworkshop.eventbrite.com.
  • "Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” Film Screening and Discussion with Director Clay Cane. July 14, 2016, 7:00pm, Rutgers University-Newark. For more information and to register visit http://newarkprideclaycane.eventbrite.com.
  • Free Oral History Workshop with Timothy Stewart-Winter. June 13, 2016.
  • QNOHP Launch. April 23, 2016. 5-6:30pm. This special event was held at the Newark LGBTQ Communtity Center and featured a multimedia presentation of the Queer Newark Oral History Project's work, including a video of archival images and sound clips from interviews, and the public debut of the new website. Speakers included Darnell Moore, James Credle, June Dowell-Burton, Rodney Gilbert, Peter Savastano, Timothy Stewart-Winter, and Whitney Strub. A reception, with refreshments from Newark vendors and music by DJ Just Love, followed the presentation.
  • Newark LGBTQ Communtity Center's Dance-A-Thon FUNdraiser. "Building Our Center One Step at a Time." April 23, 2016. 7-9:00pm.
  • Herstories, Our Stories: A Celebration of Black Womanhood. March 24, 2016.
  • HIV/AIDS at 35: Local and Global Perspectives. March 2, 2016.
  • Free Oral History Workshops with Svetlana Kitto. February 5, 2016.
  • Indroduction to Oral History Workshop. November 13, 2015.
  • "Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America". Oral Histories for Research and Narrative with Miriam Frank. November 11, 2015.
  • FireBall 2015: Global Warming. Historical Legacies: A Panel Discussion on the history of the ballroom scene and legendary houses. October 21, 2015.
  • Out in the Night: Film Screening and Discussion. October 12, 2015.
  • The Roe Effect: Film Screening and Discussion. July 15, 2015.
  • Sanctuary: A History of Queer Club Spaces in Newark. October 2014.
  • Out in Newark! Queer Club Spaces as Sanctuary. October 16, 2014.
  • Rebellious Literatures: Our Words, Our Voices. July 16, 2014.
  • Queer Newark: Our Voices, Our Histories. Opening conference of the Queer Newark Oral History Project. November 12, 2011.