History Fort Lauderdale, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) will present “Queer by the Beach: The History of the Fort Lauderdale LBGT Community,” a conversation with Dr. Fred Fejes, professor emeritus at FAU.
Fejes will share historical accounts about the evolution of the gay community in South Florida and its struggle for equality and acceptance as part of his “Queer by the Beach: The History of the Fort Lauderdale LBGT Community” talk. He’ll touch upon the origins of the first “gay” bar, “Club Ha-Ha,” that opened in Broward county in 1935 and the long line of clubs that followed which used female impersonators and raunchy entertainment to attract those whose sexuality and gender was outside the mainstream.
Fred Fejes is a professor emeritus at Florida Atlantic University in the School of Communication and Media Studies. He authored “Gay Rights and Moral Panic: The Origins of America’s Debate On Homosexuality” (Palgrave-MacMillan), an account of the 1977 campaign for LGBT rights in Dade County, Florida and its national impact. He is currently working on a book about the history the LGBT community to be published by University Press of Florida.
Guests may RSVP at bit.ly/HFLFloridaScribesFejes2022. The program also will be available on Zoom and details are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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