Queers in Unexpected Places: Searching for (and Finding) Gender and Sexual Non-Conformity in the Rural and Early PNW

6:30-8:00PM, Thursday, March 14, Lopez Community Center, 204 Village Rd.

Professor Peter Boag’s research and writing has helped explode the long-held popular belief that queer people have either not existed, or were not much tolerated in rural areas, especially in the mythic space of the “Old West.”

In this presentation, Boag will share his thoughts on the historical origins of this misplaced conviction and the stories of varied queer people who appeared in unexpected rural places in the early Pacific Northwest.

Peter Boag grew up in Portland, Oregon, and today is professor of history at Washington State University in Vancouver. His contributions to regional queer history include the book Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest (2003), the award-winning volume Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past (2011), and the co-curated and award-winning 2021 exhibit at the Washington State Historical Society entitled “Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West.”

Suggested Donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.