Category Archives: gay/lesbian

Yesterday marked the birthday of tennis champion Helen Jacobs. Born in 1908, Jacobs learned her trade in Berkeley, California before going on to a term as the world’s top-ranked player and the winner of nine Grand Slams. Jacobs was best … Continue reading

We’re a day late with this bit of recognition, but here goes. On June 1, 2014, a same sex marriage law passed the previous fall went into effect across the state of Illinois. Passed over opposition and claims it violated … Continue reading

And They Were Wonderful Teachers reports the history of state oppression of gay and lesbian citizens during the Cold War and the dynamic set of responses it ignited. Focusing on Florida’s purge of gay and lesbian teachers from 1956 to 1965, … Continue reading

Women filing gender-based asylum claims long faced skepticism and outright rejection within the U.S. immigration system. Despite erratic progress, the United States still fails to recognize gender as an established category for experiencing persecution. Gender exists in a sort of … Continue reading

Holly Welker is an award-winning poet and essayist living in Arizona. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Best American Essays, and other publications. She recently answered some questions about the edited … Continue reading

To commemorate Bastille Day, the University of Illinois Press celebrates its backlist of books on France and the French. Le Jazz: Jazz and French Cultural Identity, by Matthew F. Jordan Matthew F. Jordan deftly blends textual analysis, critical theory, and … Continue reading

Ralph M. Leck teaches in the University Honors Program at Indiana State University. He answered some questions about his book Vita Sexualis: Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science. Q: Was Karl Ulrichs, as some claim, the first person to … Continue reading

Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures by L. H. Stallings is a finalist in the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBT Studies category. The Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing. … Continue reading

Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures by L. H. Stallings has won the Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women’s Studies.  The award is given by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture … Continue reading

Roll Over, Tchaikovsky! Russian Popular Music and Post-Soviet Homosexuality by Stephen Amico has been awarded the Marcia Herndon Prize by the Gender and Sexualities Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The award, established by SEM in honor of Marcia Herndon, … Continue reading