Queer History Conference 2019

Be a part of history! Join us for the inaugural Queer History Conference 2019


Come to our inaugural Queer History Conference 2019 (QHC 19)!

The Committee on LGBT History and the GLBT Historical Society present QHC 19, to be held at San Francisco State University from June 16 to 18, 2019. Join historians, educators, and activists to share, discuss, and debate the import of our most intimate, scandalous and often scintillating past. Panels and workshops will showcase the newest directions and developments in the histories of same-sex sexuality, trans identity, and gender non-conformity. Our call for papers has already closed. Please see the schedule below.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Opening Reception at Jolene's

Monday, June 17, 2019

  • 8:00am Registration Opens
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Keynote by Susan Stryker
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm Panel Session 1
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch provided by QHC 19
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm Panel Session 2
  • 3:15pm - 4:45pm Panel Session 3
  • 5:30pm - 7pm Reception at GLBT History Museum

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

  • 9:00am - 10:30am Panel Session 4
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm  Panel Session 5
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm  Lunch provided by Conference
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm  Panel Session 6
  • 3:15pm - 4:45pm  Panel Session 7
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm  Reception hosted by San Francisco Public Library History Center (Located at 100 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102)

Session panels include topics such as Trans as a (Historical) Category, Reclamation & Resistance: The Making of Grassroots QTPOC Histories, The Queer 1960s in East Asia, Radical Queer Activism in the Bay Area 1969 - 1999, Beyond Biomedicine: Black and Latinx Response to the AIDS Pandemic and many more! 

Program: https://ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/content/qhc-2019-tentative-schedule


All conference speakers are required to become members of the Committee on LGBT History (Step #1) before registering for the conference (Step #2). Participants who are already members may skip directly to Step #2 and may also consider making a donation to the Committee on LGBT History and/or SFSU's Queer Ethnic Studies Scholarship. Conference attendees are welcome to join the Committee on LGBT History but are not required to do so; they should, however, register for the conference (Step #2). K-12 teachers who are earning CEUs at the conference are not required to become members of the Committee on LGBT History but are required to register for the conference and CEUs through the College of Extended Learning (Steps #2 and #3 respectively). 

Registration will be a three step process.

1) Become a member of the Committe on LGBT History  (Sliding Scale $10 - $40)

2) Register for the conference through the College of Extended Learning at SFSU here: https://commerce.cashnet.com/SFSUCEL

3) If you are a K-12 teacher and would like continuing education units for attending the conference, register for CEU's through the College of Extended Learning at SFSU. You can register for CEUs here: https://webapps.sfsu.edu/cel/courses. Course Number: ETHS 9000 [01] Title: Queer History Conference. 


Getting Here

Our campus is pretty accessible but if you've never been here before it can be confusing! Check out these pages and directions for getting to campus and around the City in the quickest and safest manner! 


  • Dorm rooms will be available to book for conference attendees, however you are required to pay in advance for the entire three-night stay, even if checking out early. Please check this page for how to book a single or shared room in the coming weeks. 
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Home-sharing
    • There's a number of online accommodation sharing sites you can use such as VRBO and AirBNB. AirBNB does come with a lot of complicated ethical dilemmas due to their role in furthering gentrification. However, they offer cheaper alternatives. You can check their San Francisco listings here

Getting Immersed in San Francisco

Exciting news! The conference is taking place during Pride month, which means there will be a bevy of fun options to choose from. We've outlined some options below. 

  • Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) Film Festival June 14 - June 16. An annual event celebrating original films by queer, trans, and nonbinary people of color. You can find more information about QWOCMAP and their annual festival here
  • Be sure to check out the Queer Cultural Center's Queer Arts Festival here.
  • Jolene's a new queer and trans-owned bar in San Francisco. Check out their website here
  • The Castro, a historic district full of colorful characters, shops, and bars. Check out HiddenSF's and thegaytripper's guides to the Castro. 
  • Tenderloin, the iconic site of Compton's Cafeteria Riots and San Francisco's newest and world's first Transgender Cultural District, has no shortage of exciting things to check out. 
  • Or you can check out the SOMA district, one of San Francisco's oldest LGBT hot spots and leather scenes! Two of the best places to go are The Stud or The Eagle

Eating Out and Hanging out

QHC 19 – Program Committee

Amy Sueyoshi, San Francisco State University, Co-Chair

Nick Syrett, University of Kansas, Co-Chair

Lexi Adsit, San Francisco State University, Conference Coordinator


Howard Chiang, University of California, Davis

René Esparza, Washington University in St. Louis

Will Kuby, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Amanda Littauer, Northern Illinois University

Kirsten Leng, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Víctor Macías-González, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Jen Manion, Amherst College

Wendy Rouse, San José State University

Nikita Shepard, Columbia University

Yorick Smaal, Griffith University

T.J. Tallie, University of San Diego

Sarah Watkins, Independent Scholar


Hosted by:

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History

GLBT Historical Society

Sponsored by:


Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Endowed Chair in History at San Francisco State University