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A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT AND SPACE FOR PLAY
FOR BRIGHT BLACK AND BROWN QUEER VISIONARIES





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PUBLISHING AND A HISTORY OF
BLACK QUEER PROTEST



 ︎APRIL 23 - MAY 14, 2022︎



With Guest Professors Jon Key and Social Action Archive Committee: Shane Aslan Selzer and Simone Hassan-Bey 






What is the value of your story? What power does it give your protest?



In the 1830’s, The Sun Newspaper ran a story never shared before in print: a man by day and woman by night who was on trial in New York for theft. Mary Jones/Peter Sewally was one of the earliest known public Trans people. Her story was one of the first black queer narratives documented and shared in printed form in the early 19th century. Two hundred years later, her story still matters.


In this course, we delve into the long yet often obscured history of Black queer publishing from the 1800s to now. We posit to be Black and queer and in the media is protest itself. Taking then college student and later renowned AIDS activist Ron Simmons’s seminal editorial work, Torch ‘72, the University of Albany’s class of 1972 yearbook, which was denounced on the floor of the New York State Senate for including controversial images of gayness and anti-war protest, as a sourcebook, we connect to the iterative work of publishing as protest that has been happening for centuries and across generations. In the process, we explore questions of who holds our narratives and whose voices are allies or detractors to our movements.


 In This Course We Will: 



︎Deep dive into Black queer publications from the 1800s until present and Ron Simmons’ seminal editorial work, Torch ‘72


︎Develop a toolkit for divergent forms of publishing from social media posts to traditional print formats


︎Create our own stories of value—ones that build an authentic sense of self, identity, and pride in contexts that are at once fluid and foundational





︎Weekly Course Breakdown︎




Week 1  

Saturday, April 23
1:30-3:30pm EST

Participate in-person in Hudson, NY or virtually


Artist, designer, and writer Jon Key will deliver an igniting talk Black, Queer and Untold: Incomplete Histories from 19th Century to Contemporary Print, followed by a Q&A session with students



Week 2

Saturday, April 30
1:30-3:30pm EST

Participate in-person in Hudson, NY or virtually


Social Action Archive Committee members Shane Aslan Selzer and Simone Hassan-Bey will lead a workshop using Torch’72 as a touchstone for the lineage and potential of individual stories and collective actions



Week 3

Saturday, May 7
12-3pm EST


10A Field Trip
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037


 Guided Tour and Time with three collections:

The In the Life Archive (ITLA), originally known as the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive (BGLA), which was created by archiving and memory work legend Steven Fullwood in 1999 

The Ron Simmons papers which contain manuscripts for several writings including "Some Thoughts on the Challenges Facing Black Intellectuals", "Faggotales", and other early writings dating to the 1970s 

House/Ballroom files, which documents the LGBTQ ballroom competitions started in the 1970s, in New York City.





Week 4

Saturday, May 14 

12-2pm EST
Virtual Session

Communicate Work Share and Archive


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