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What We’re Reading | New OutHistory Features

BY ON October 12, 2015


Jimmy Paul and friend on the cover of Nan Goldin’s book, The Other Side, 1972-1990 (Scalo Publishers, 2000).

Over the past months, we’ve been publishing essays  and collections that might be useful additions to your classes this semester — or to your spring syllabus. Work added to the site since May includes:

  • Barbara Gittings: Founding New York Daughters of Bilitis, 1958: In this piece,  co-director Jonathan Ned Katz interviews lesbian pioneer Barbara Gittings in 1974 about her emergence as an out lesbian activist, including a section about the founding and early history of the New York chapter of Daughters of Bilitis.
  • TRANSforming Randy Wicker: This documentary directed by Michael Kasino details the life of Randy Wicker, a long time gay activist.
  • 50th Anniversary Annual Reminders, Philadelphia, July 4, 1965-July 4, 1969: Containing interviews, dozens of primary documents, and a bibliography of recommended sources, Stein and his students at York University commemorate the 50th anniversary of the demonstrations for gay and lesbian rights that began at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on July 4, 1965, an event that continued as the Annual Reminder through 1969.
  • The Subject Speaks: Jimmy Paul Interviewed by Svetlana Kitto: The subject of a famous Nan Goldin photo, Jimmy Paul speaks movingly about his life, and about encountering an inaccurate caption on that photo in a major queer history art show.
  • Mary Casal, pseudonym of Ruth Fuller Field: The Autobiography of an American Lesbian (1930). This feature reveals the true name of Mary Casal, the author of The Stone Wall, about her life as a lesbian living in early 20th Century Chicago. The feature offers an introduction, a long excerpt from her frank work, and a bibliography of sources about the author.
  • Americans in Württemberg Scandal, 1888: This four-part entry, also compiled and written by co-director Jonathan Ned Katz, details a scandal that erupted in Würtemberg, Germany, in 1888, involving its King and three American men, Richard Mason Jackson, Charles Woodcock, and Donald Hendry. The story is told vividly from documents representing three opposing viewpoints: the popular American press, the report of German detectives approved by Otto von Bismarck, and a novel titled A Lady in Waiting, by Woodcock and Hendry.



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