Art (and) History from a Queer Perspective: LGBTQ+ Poets & Spies

Free Event

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LGBTQ+ Poets & Spies

Sit back, prepare to laugh, view slides, listen, learn about and discuss the lives and work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists, and other key figures in history. Consider the LGBTQ imagery of mainstream artists in various eras. And after the class there is also a social opportunity with themed snacks, to discuss interesting things with old friends, or meet new ones - in these exciting free classes at the LGBT Community Center.

This is a very popular class attended by a diverse and intergenerational group of about 40+ LGBTQA folks per class. It’s fun and funny - a good place to bring old friends, or meet new friends, or bring someone on a really nice (and FREE) first date!

Doors Open at 5:30, Class begins at 6:00 p.m.

Poets!: Featuring love poems by LGBTQ+ and gender diverse American poets of the19th and early 20th century, whose groundbreaking and unprecedented writing styles not only changed the course of poetry forever but broke the binary inclination of poetic affection.  American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gender Diverse, and Ace poets covered will include: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Katherine Lee Bates, T.S. Eliot, Angelina Grimké, Amy Lowell, Gertrude Stein, W. H. Auden, Michael Dillon, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. 

And…Spies!: Also in this class we’ll discover daring LGBTQ+ figures who worked to change the course of history and whose sexual orientation and/or their gender identity could be a hindrance, but also an asset. These brave Queer spies include: Charles D’ Eon, Mary Elizabeth Bowser, Elizabeth Van Lew, Claude Cahun, Alan Turning, Josephine Baker, Harriet! (and her creator Louise Fitzhugh), and cult movie D.E.B.S.! With themed snacks by Trish Sullivan! 

This series of events will be hybrid. For the Zoom link or any questions related to this event, please contact [email protected].

December 12, 2022 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Gabby Hochfeld · · (610) 247-9988 x 106

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