Lecture Series: LGBTQ+ History in the Chesapeake
Saturdays in February, 2020, 10am

Each Saturday, learn from a noted scholar about the LGBTQ+ experience in the Chesapeake region. Speakers include:

  • On Saturday, February 1, Kikeokan of the Wild Turkey Clan, Cedarville Band of the Piscataway-Conoy will present "Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality in 2020." Explore the sacred knowledge of two-spirit societies, 7 genders, and the honor of being a women in indigenous cultures of Turtle Island.  Discussion topics will include sex, gender, marriage, matriarchal societies, community based responsibility, and dismantling oppressive systems.


  • On Saturday, February 8, Dr. Christopher Mielke will present “More than Friends: The Queer Chesapeake in the 18th, 19th, & 20th Centuries.” This will be a stationary version of his Three Centuries of Queer Annapolis walking tour, including stories of Revolutionary War generals, African-American schoolteachers, a quack doctor called the “monopolize of her own sex,” and many more.

  • On Saturday, February 15, Caitlin Heartweave will speak on “Fops, Fribbles, and Female Husbands: Gender Diversity in Early Anglo-America,” focusing on individuals who could and did ‘break the rules,’ defining and expressing themselves in gender-non-conforming ways.


  • On Saturday, February 22, Dr. Thomas Foster will talk on “LGBTQ History in Early America,” with a focus on colonial British America.  Dr. Foster is a professor of history at Howard University and the author or editor of seven books, including (as editor) "Long Before Stonewall: History of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America," and (as author) "Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men."


  • On Saturday, February 29, Ben Egerman will discuss Preservation Maryland’s project documenting the LGBTQ+ spaces in Maryland.  Throughout 2019, Ben Egerman worked with Preservation Maryland on a project to conduct a brief survey of sites associated with LGBTQ+ history, culture, and communities statewide. This talk will discuss this project and what it uncovered, how this helps us understand the story of LGBTQ+ people in our state's history, and the resources that are available for future work in preserving LGBTQ+ history and heritage.


Included with general admission or free for members of London Town.

Image: An Actress at her Toilet, or Miss Brazen just Breecht, by John Collet., ​©Trustees of the British Museum.

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