This Thursday, Miriam Frank, longtime resident of Washington Heights and master teacher of humanities at New York University, will read from her newly published book, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America (Temple University Press, 2014), with commentary and updates from Carmen Acosta and other NYC queer labor activists whose stories form the heart of this book. Out in the Union tells the story of queer American workers from the mid-1960s through 2013. Miriam Frank documents coming out on the job and in the union as well as issues of discrimination and harassment, and the creation of alliances between unions and LGBTQ communities. Featuring in-depth interviews with LGBTQ and labor activists, Frank provides a history of the convergence of labor and LGBTQ interests.
Out in the Union
Book reading and signing with Miriam Frank and contributors
Thursday, July 31 – 7–9 PM
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th Street
At Thursday’s event at Word Up, books will be available at a discount. Plus, there will be refreshments during the author signing.
“This pioneering book excavates a half century of U.S. labor history to bring to light the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender unionists while also exposing the complex challenges queer workers face in ‘coming out’ on the job and inside their unions. It also analyzes the historical process through which the labor and LGBT movements, at first wary of each other and under unrelenting attack from the political right, gradually developed a lasting alliance. Rich in detail and insight, Out in the Union makes an important contribution to this all too often neglected aspect of American labor history.”
—Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and Academic Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and Worker Education, City University of New York
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