Toward a Queer History of Housing Activism in NYC

When

Thursday, July 11, 2024-
Sunday, June 2, 2024

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, July 11, 2024 7:00 PM America/New_York Sunday, June 2, 2024 9:00 PM Toward a Queer History of Housing Activism in NYC

Join archivist and public historian Maggie Schreiner for a workshop on the queer history of housing activism in NYC. Learn about the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries’ STAR House in the early 1970s, organizing by queer and trans homeless people against policing in the 1980s and 1990s, campaigns to change the rent regulation system recognize same-sex […]

Interference Archive, 314 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA

Join archivist and public historian Maggie Schreiner for a workshop on the queer history of housing activism in NYC. Learn about the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries’ STAR House in the early 1970s, organizing by queer and trans homeless people against policing in the 1980s and 1990s, campaigns to change the rent regulation system recognize same-sex partners during the early AIDS crisis, and advocacy by ACT UP New York to find housing for HIV+ Haitian migrants detained at Guantánamo Bay in the early 1990s. A slideshow presentation on these topics will incorporate print materials and photographs, oral histories, and archival radio clips. The second component of the workshop will be a counter-mapping exercise: using a large-scale map of New York City, participants will have the opportunity to share their queer and trans housing stories. The third and final component will be a facilitated conversation in which participants will have the option to share their story with the group, and discuss further avenues of research.

Pink and orange background of faded out archival documents, including one which reads "Homosexual Lover Loses Housing Bid" with a blur superimposed outline of a house, containing the text "Toward a Queer History of Housing Activism

Maggie Schreiner is an archivist and public historian. She was the lead curator for Interference Archive’s 2015 exhibition We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in NYC and has developed collaborative history projects with CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, UHAB, Met Council on Housing, and others. Maggie is a long-time organizer with Interference Archive and Librarians and Archivists with Palestine.

This workshop is presented with funding from the CUNY Graduate Center’s Public Scholarship Practice Space.

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