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Sissies and Tomboys

This poster advertises Sissies and Tomboys, CLAGS’ one-day conference, which was held at the CUNY Graduate Center on February 10th, 1995. The conference explored the relationship between homosexuality and gender “nonconformity,” how and why queer individuals are more likely to defy stereotypical masculine/feminine gender expressions. Among the conference’s speakers were Leslie Feinberg, whose 1996 book, Transgender Warriors: A History of Resistance was one of the first texts to bring transgender awareness and Gender Studies into the mainstream, and Anne Fausto-Sterling, whose work on the biology of gender is still widely taught in queer and feminist theory classes today.

Although formally instituted at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1991, CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies was first conceived 5 years earlier by Martin, Duberman, one of the first historians to embrace the, then infantile, field of Queer Studies. Duberman sensed the need for a formal center devoted to queer research. As the first university-based center for LGBTQ research, CLAGS continues to demonstrate its dedication to advancing Queer Studies, by hosting public events showcasing queer research and sponsoring fellowships to support queer scholars. Among its many notable contributions, CLAGS annually puts on at least one major conference and holds the Kessler Award Lecture every fall to celebrate a queer scholar who has made a notable contribution to the field of queer studies.

Source | CLAGS Archive
Creator | CLAGS
Date Created | February 10, 1995
Rights | Copyright CLAGS Archive
Item Type | Text (Poster / Flier / Leaflet)
Cite This document | CLAGS, “Sissies and Tomboys,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed June 15, 2024,


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