In Search of Stonewall
May 28, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm in the San Diego History Center Theater & Atrium
As part of the San Diego History Center’s LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs exhibition, join Editor Richard Schneider, and Lillian Faderman in a discussion of this pivotal event in our community’s history. The year was 1994. It was the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and, as luck would have it, the year in which a new magazine called The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review was publishing its first issue (Winter ’94).* The fact that The G&LR’s first year coincided with Stonewall’s 25th forever joined its fate with that of the founding event of the modern LGBT movement. Join celebrated speakers to help launch the reviews In Search of Stonewall, their book that commemorates the magazine’s 25th birthday with a collection of relevant articles selected from its 136 issues. “The riots that followed the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York and the New York Gay Liberation Front that emerged from those riots were the opening salvos of a militant gay revolution.”
Richard Schneider Jr.:
Richard Schneider Jr., editor, is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide (until 2000, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review), which he launched in 1994. Taking his doctorate in sociology at Harvard in the early 1980s, he was a university lecturer for the next decade before founding The G&LR as a sideline while working for a Boston consulting firm in the ’90s. The magazine has been his full-time job since 1999.
Lillian Faderman, curator of LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, is an internationally known scholar of lesbian and LGBTQ+ history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. The Nation named HARVEY MILK: HIS LIVES AND DEATH Most Valuable Biography of 2018. The New York Times named three of her books on its “Notable Books of the Year” list: SURPASSING THE LOVE OF MEN. ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS, and THE GAY REVOLUTION. The Guardian named ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS one of the Top 10 Books of Radical History. Faderman’s work has been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Czech, and Slovenian. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University’s James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women’s Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.