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April 29: Elusive Records and Hidden Histories

"Elusive Records and Hidden Histories: Compiling the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa"

Graeme Reid
Lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies,
Anthropology, and Sociology, Yale University
Thursday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public.

Graeme Reid, founder of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, reflects on his experience compiling the archive at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In doing so he crosses paths with activists, hairstylists, charismatic preachers, military personnel, healers, and police officers; and the University of the Witwatersrand Library expands its holdings to include scrapbooks, diaries, erotica, photograph albums, and a sampling of fabulous outfits from the Mother City Queer Project.

Reid received his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a sexuality researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) in Johannesburg. He is the co-author of Waiting to Happen: HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa and the co-editor of three books, Refiguring the Archive; Sex and Politics in South Africa; and Men Behaving Differently. He co-directed a documentary on South African gay hairstylists working in small towns entitled Dark and Lovely, Soft and Free. His book, Above the Skyline: Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso and the Founding of an African Gay Church, is currently in press.

This lecture is part of a series of campus-wide events marking Yale Pride.