I am pleased to announce the launch of, a website that brings together my diverse research projects, my teaching and supervisory activities, my public speaking and media activities, and my blog posts.… Continue reading

The “Sex” in Sexual Revolution

One of the best things about coming out as a lesbian in 1989 was that for the first time in my life wanting and having sex was a positive, not a negative, value.… Continue reading

Love Dares You: On David Bowie

David’s Bowie’s death is a loss felt by many today, especially those who grew up feeling like a kook or a freak. Among them are queer folks like myself, who were drawn to the space Bowie created… Continue reading

What will the future bring?

We are now approaching that annual ritual when many of us reflect upon the year behind us and anticipate the one to come. We scratch out a list of intentions, hoping to will… Continue reading


African American poet, writer, and activist Audre Lorde standing in front of a blackboard that reads “Women are powerful and dangerous.” In 1969 a woman named Eleanor Hunter wrote an extraordinary essay for… Continue reading

Struggling with Gender in the Early 1970s: An Archival Posting in Honour of Leslie Feinberg’s Birthday

Leslie Feinberg, author of the fictional book Stone Butch Blues, showed us a side of 1960s lesbian butch culture that had not been well known: a good number of butches either transitioned, or experimented with… Continue reading

One step forward, ten steps backward? #LoveWins #MarriageEquality

While the decision today by SCOTUS is a huge victory for lesbians and gays in the United States, it is troubling how Justice Kennedy’s decision elevates marriage to the level of the supernatural.… Continue reading

Congratulations, America!

Today the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 to prohibit states from banning same-sex marriage. I have always been deeply ambivalent about the marriage equality movement because of the way it… Continue reading

Husband? Wife? What’s In a Name?

Getting married and calling oneself married – are they different things, or just two sides of the same coin? My research on same-sex marriages in the 50s, 60s and 70s is driven by… Continue reading

Were same-sex weddings in Philadelphia a “thing”?

The last time I went on an archives trip for this project it was to the ONE institute Archives in Los Angeles where I had the good fortune of being the first to… Continue reading