Join the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and The LGBTQ History Project for a dialogue between Dennis Altman, the pioneering gay liberationist and author who played a vital role in the first wave of the Gay Liberation movement, and August Bernadicou (Executive Director, The LGBTQ History Project). Dennis was a member of the Gay Liberation Front, the revolutionary activist group that kick-started gay liberation around the world, and his insightful contributions to the cause will be at the heart of our discussion, focusing on the pressing issue of eroding gay rights and the necessity of drawing lessons from our past to prepare for the future.
This one-time-only and urgent dialogue aims to highlight the significance of preserving the legacy of the first wave of gay liberationists and providing a platform for their radical perspectives. Understanding struggles and achievements is crucial as we confront the challenges that threaten to undermine the progress made in LGBTQ+ rights. Together, we can forge a stronger path ahead and foster an environment where diverse voices can freely express their viewpoints, shaping a more inclusive and empowered future for the LGBTQ+ community. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage in an enlightening dialogue that will inspire and empower us all.
Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.
Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel:
youtube.com/@bgsqd Suggested donation to benefit the Bureau AND The LGBTQ History Project: $10. All are welcome to attend, with or without a donation.
Since he wrote Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation in 1972, Dennis Altman has written 15 books including Global Sex, Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist, and Death in the Sauna. He was President of the AIDS society of Asia and the Pacific (2001-4) and is a Professorial Fellow at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
August Bernadicou is the Executive Director of The LGBTQ History Project, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the lives and legacies of LGBTQ activists from the first wave of gay liberation. His career began in 2008 at the age of 13 when he started interviewing alternative counterculture figures for various online and in-print publications. His work primarily appeared in the punk music magazine Punk Globe. At 18, August began publishing his own “zines” (Teenage News #1, Teenage News #2, and August Nation). In 2020, he co-founded The LGBTQ History Project to archive and share his thousands of recorded interviews and conversations. Through The LGBTQ History Project, August produces a podcast featuring archival interviews, hosts LGBTQ history events, and publishes excerpts from his archive online, in newsletters, and on social media. August is driven by his mission to counteract the erasure of history and provide a platform for individuals seeking to reclaim their legacies, firmly believing that the lessons of the past can pave the way for a better-informed future.