Gay Marriage as Revolutionary Politics in the Early 1970s

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Photo of Elise Chenier
Simon Fraser University Professor Elise Chenier discusses the forgotten story of Toby and Nancy's prison hunger strike for the right to marry and the broader Chicago gay community's attempt to bring them down. Free.
Science Building, Room 270
Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, History Department, Pasker Chair in History, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department, Women and Gender Studies Department
Marc Stein
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Elise Chenier is an associate professor of history at Simon Fraser University. Her latest book, Outlaws to Inlaw: Same-Sex Marriage Politics and Practices in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, explores the rich history of same-sex marriage before “homonormativity.” Chenier is the founder of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony and has published articles on interracial intimacies; gender, class and the Junior League; postwar lesbian bar culture; and sexual deviancy as a medico-legal concept. She is also the author of Strangers in our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario (University of Toronto Press, 2008).