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Lecture | CMGI Brown Bag Seminar

Transnational Gay and Lesbian Activism, 1945-1979

Thursday 14 March 2019
CMGI Brown Bag Seminars 2018 - 2019
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Conference Room (2.60)

Global LGBTQ rights today stem from postwar sexual emancipation movements, largely in Western Europe and North America. No study to date has examined the transnational connections between these sexual emancipation movements, which arguably resulted in a standardization of LGBTQ identities and activist strategies worldwide. The Netherlands and Denmark housed the world’s first postwar homosexual organizations, and these groups became a “model” for self-organizing in the 1960s. Using organizational archives and new oral histories, this research examines the international correspondence, tourism, and migration that fostered transnational homosexual networks, and ultimately argues that Dutch and Danish homosexuals influenced worldwide activism for LGBTQ rights.

Students and staff are invited. 

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