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Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers–Reading by Author Anne Balay Followed by Discussion

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Event:
Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers–Reading by Author Anne Balay Followed by Discussion
Start:
March 16, 2014 7:00 PM
End:
March 16, 2014 9:00 PM
Organizer:
Greg
Phone:
646 457 0859
contact@bgsqd.com
Updated:
February 19, 2014
Venue:
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone:
646 457 0859
Address:
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83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Steel Closets

Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers (University of North Carolina Press, April 2014) explores how sexuality and gender overlap in the sprawling steel mills of Northwest Indiana. Drawing from extensive, detailed oral histories taken of a previously silent and invisible population, it investigates how gay, lesbian, and transgender steelworkers interact with their co-workers, communities and families in the context of their physically demanding, risky work. It explains how and why basic steel mills are inhospitable, even dangerous to queers, and demonstrates that we can’t understand what it means to be GLBT without including working-class, blue-collar voices and stories.

 

Anne Balay

Photo by Riva Lehrer

Anne Balay has taught English and Gender Studies in Chicago, and in Gary, Indiana, where she did most of the interviews that led to her book.

 

 

 

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