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June 2019

Russ Lopez Presents the History of LGBTQ Presence in MA

June 6, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Boston-based writer Russ Lopez will discuss his recently released history of the LGBTQ presence in Massachusetts, from the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown in 1620 through the defeat of the anti-trans referendum on the ballot in November, 2018. Mr. Lopez illustrates how LGBTQ people have been a distinctive element in the life of the Commonwealth since the 17th century, challenging gender, sexual, and social norms even in colonial days. Lopez sheds light on such interesting historical phenomena as the “Boston marriages” of…

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Author Talk Featuring Russ Lopez

June 6, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Boston-based writer Russ Lopez will discuss his recently released history of the LGBTQ presence in Massachusetts, from the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown in 1620 through the defeat of the anti-trans referendum on the ballot in November, 2018. Mr. Lopez illustrates how LGBTQ people have been a distinctive element in the life of the Commonwealth since the 17th century, challenging gender, sexual, and social norms even in colonial days. Lopez sheds light on such interesting historical phenomena as the “Boston marriages”…

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In Search of Stonewall, a Panel on LGBTQ Writing

June 10, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

In collaboration with the Boston Public Library and the Boston Pride Committee the Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Review will host a Stonewall 50-themed panel discussion during Boston Pride week. The Review began publishing as the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review in 1994, the year of Stonewall 25. It changed its name in 2000 as it went “worldwide.” The magazine marks its 25thanniversary amidst Stonewall 50 with a collection of its best all-time essays on the Stonewall Riots: In Search of Stonewall. The panel will feature LGBTQ intellectuals…

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John Manuel Andriote presents STONEWALL STRONG

June 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Public health advocate John Manuel Andriotte finds in LGBTQ history patterns of resiliency, mutual support, and community that suggest to him heroism, seldom acknowledged but enormously instructive. His book, Stonewall Strong, being released in paperback in the spring of 2019, canvasses past triumphs like the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the delisting of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and the emergence of ACT UP in response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s. With redoubtable hope and creativity…

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Author Talk Featuring John Manuel Andriote

June 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Public health advocate John Manuel Andriotte finds in LGBTQ history patterns of resiliency, mutual support, and community that suggest to him heroism, seldom acknowledged but enormously instructive. His book, Stonewall Strong, being released in paperback in the spring of 2019, canvasses past triumphs like the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the delisting of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and the emergence of ACT UP in response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s. With redoubtable hope…

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Are You Jungle Curious? Reading, Talk and Slideshow: Into the Jungle, Erica Ferencik

June 25, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Boston Public Library – South End, 685 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
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Free

Join Erica Ferencik for a brief reading from her new novel, "Into The jungle," which Publisher's Weekly calls " ferocious fever dream of a thriller," as well as a talk and slide show on the Peruvian rainforest where she spent a month researching the book. She says, "The jungle is an iconic place, yet it's so distant from most of our realities that it’s often reduced to mindless metaphors: it’s a jungle out there, the jungle of the mind, the…

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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.