Many rural western born gay men and women leave the communities which raised them behind for the coastal cities of the Golden State seeking community, companionship, and security. Gregory Hinton, California-based author, historian, and lecturer, offers an overview of Out West, his acclaimed national museum program series, inspired by his longing to come home to the rural mountain West of his youth as who he is, and how William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody led the way.
Writer, Historian & Lecturer
In early August I was privileged to present a paper at the Buffalo Bill Centennial Symposium in Cody, Wyoming with the top Buffalo Bill scholars in the country. The seminar was so inspiring. My talk can be viewed here on CSPAN History Channel.
Throughout 2018 I will be touring with “Out West with Buffalo Bill” (South Dakota, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and hopefully the Smithsonian etc). which I keynoted for the 2016 Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix to a capacity crowd.
Buffalo Bill had strong ties to California including appearing in Balboa Park for Panama-California Exposition in 1915.
Gregory Hinton is the creator and producer of Out West™, an acclaimed museum program series devoted to illuminating the history and culture of LGBT communities in the American West. Since 2009, Out West programming – lectures, films, plays, and gallery exhibitions – is presented nationally. In 2015, Hinton co-founded “Out West in the Rockies”, the first regional LGBT Western archive at University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center in Laramie. The following Western institutions have presented Hinton’s programming: Autry National Center; Buffalo Bill Center of the West; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; New Mexico History Museum; C.M. Russell Museum; American Heritage Center; University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Montana Historical Society.Soon to follow: Dahl Arts Center, High Desert Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Gilcrease Museum, Sacramento Historical Society and the San Diego History Museum. Hinton’s staged readings, “Beyond Brokeback” and/or “Diversity Day”, have been performed at the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice; West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival; Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VII; National Coalition Building Institute; and ACLU affiliates in Montana and Nevada. Hinton’s newspaper play, “Waiting for a Chinook”, debuted at the 2013 Snowy Range Summer Theatre Festival in Laramie. Out West™ supporters include HBO, David Bohnett Foundation, Gill Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Pride Foundation, Humanities Montana, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Recently profiled in the Los Angeles Times, Hinton has also been interviewed by the New York Times, multiple NPR affiliates, and many metro and community newspapers throughout the West. Hinton was proud to keynote the LGBTQ Alliance luncheon session of the 2014 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Expo in Seattle. Hinton also keynoted the closing session of the General Assembly of the 2016 Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Out West was the featured topic for AAM’s Inclusive Storytelling in Museums EdConversation in October 2017. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Hinton holds a 2009 Residency at Ucross Foundation and a 2011 Resident Fellowship at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, for his abstract, “Out West with Buffalo Bill.” In 2015, Hinton was appointed Associate Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody and recently presented at the 2017 Buffalo Bill Centennial Symposium in Cody. 2018 marks the launch of Hinton’s latest lecture series, “Buffalo Bill & California.”