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.
Photograph by Crawford Wayne Barton, 1978. Crawford Wayne Barton papers (#1993-11), Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Historical Society. 


Below we have outlined a general schedule. Please click here for a more detailed program including a list of all panels and their room numbers.

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 - 7:00pm 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 - 7:30pm  Reception hosted by San Francisco Public Library History Center (Located at Skylight Gallery on the 6th floor, 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! Go to https://ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/content/qhc-2019-tentative-schedule for the complete list of panels and their room numbers.

For a campus map go to http://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/.


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. 

UPDATE: Registration will remain open online. If you register on June 14 or later, please bring your proof of payment with you to campus. You will also be able to register onsite at the conference with a credit card.

Registration will also be available on-campus at the Keynote in Science 201 and after all-day Monday in Library 121. 

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. You may book a double room (shared with a friend) or a single room for just yourself for the duration of the conference only from June 16 to June 19. If you are booking a double room you will be required to indicate a roommate to reserve a room. The cost of a double room per person is $148.47 for the entire stay and includes a hot, all-you-can-eat, buffet breakfast on June 17, 18 and 19. The cost of a single room is $233.52 for the entire stay and also includes breakfast. You are required to pay in advance at the time of reservation for the entire three-night stay, even if you do not intend to stay all three nights. Payment is non refundable. Check-in is any time after 3pm and check-out is at 11am. If you arrive earlier than 3pm we will be able to store your bags at the dorm location. The deadline for Housing on-campus was May 13th and is now closed. 
  • 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

Sexual Harassment Policy

  • Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at QHC19. The Committee on LGBT History and GLBT Historical Society are committed to creating and maintaining a harassment-free environment for all participants of the conference. As an affiliate of the American Historical Association, the CLGBTH abides by the AHA's official sexual harassment policy, which can be found 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
  • San Francisco Black Film Festival - June 14 - June 17. Be sure to check out the Queer Harlem Renaissance Films and Panel on Sunday the 16th from 2 - 4 PM. 
  • Oakland Museum of California. Queer California: Untold Stories will deepen and expand our understanding of this history through art, music, video, and more. Experience powerful examples of social activism through contemporary artwork and historical materials and view rarely-seen artifacts, archival documents, photographs, costumes, and ephemera such as zines, stickers and flyers. The exhibition aligns important milestones in LGBTQ+ culture with lesser-known stories, focusing on a diversity of queer identities, civil rights, and resistance to oppression.

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