Oral history faces the challenge of bridging the divide between the observer and the observed.
Christopher Lowen Agee In 1960 Patrolman John Mindermann, a rookie officer in the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), was assigned to San Francisco’s Polk Gulch neighborhood. On his first night out, he stumbled upon the Cable Car Village, a gay bar. Speaking with me years later, he recounted this discovery […]
Historians should not assume that religious institutions have always been hostile to gay rights.
Łukasz Szulc Thirty years ago, on 15 and 16 November 1985, the police forces of the People’s Republic of Poland (PRP, 1952-1989), in cooperation with the Secret Service, conducted an undercover operation, code-named Hyacinth. The aim of the operation was to detain, interrogate, and register both actual and alleged homosexuals in order […]
Interview by Kalin Bullin, M. Blake Butler, Deborah Deacon, Christina Fabiani, Elise Forest-Hammond, Adam Kostrich, Jake Sherman, and Lee Thiessen Edited by Rachel Hope Cleves This post launches a new series for NOTCHES, which will feature students interviewing authors of recent works in the history of sexuality. The goal of […]
Lauren Gutterman For most of us, envisioning Christmas in postwar America brings to mind tinsel-covered trees, girls and boys in matching pajamas, dads in Santa Claus beards, images drawn from old family photographs or the likes of It’s a Wonderful Life. Absent from these familial and familiar cultural memories are […]
On 30 November 2015 the BBC aired a documentary entitled, Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Gay Scotland. The documentary featured NOTCHES co-founder and editor Amy Tooth Murphy and NOTCHES contributors Bob Cant and Jeff Meek. Amy Tooth Murphy It’s been a good while since I first ‘came oot’. In fact, next year marks […]