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Through most of my life, I've been seeking answers to the three questions posed by Harry Hay at the dawn of lgbt liberation six decades ago.

Who are we?
Where did we come from?
What are we for?


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I believe these questions are central for understanding what being queer means in the times we live in.

In the books and articles I've written over the years, I've shared the insights I’ve gained on my search for answers. I hope to use this website as well to offer samples of my work, past and present, and some of the interesting materials I've collected along the way.

Here you'll find information about my publications, along with works-in-progress and tidbits from my unpublished writings and archives. There's background on the Native American two-spirit tradition, the primary subject of my research, and its parallels around the world, along with samplings of queer mythology, culture, politics, and history. And there’s plenty of multimedia content, too, including music, video, and podcasts!

My chapter on Native American and Hawaiian sexual and gender diversity for the National Park service is on-line, and an unpdated version will be coming out in print in 2019. I've been working on documenting the artistry of traditional Pueblo two-spirit potters. Click here to view. (These are large .pdf files.)

As you explore my site, you’ll find a video slideshow on a little-known Apache warrior-woman, along with my first historical research project into the unsolved murder of Wobbly organizerFrank Little in 1917. There’s a page devoted to Vortex, an early ’zine that Bradley Rose and I published and a video clip ofHarry Haydescribing the pagan origins of Christmas traditions.

Finally, I’ve created a page onHarry Britt,Harvey Milk’s successor to the San Francisco Board of supervisors, which features audio clips from our conversations. Harry has had a remarkable career as an activist and elected official. His insights offer much needed correction to the legends that have grown up around Harvey.

It's been 40 years since the infamous White Night Rights, when the San Francisco queer community erupted in rage over the verdict in the trial of Harvey Milk's assassin in 1979. You can read my first person account of that night, "Nightstick," inVortex 1.

I will be updating this site on a regular basis, so visit me often!

In queer spirits,

Will Roscoe, Ph.D.
February 8, 2019

Feel free to link my site to yours and tell me about any sites I can link to—but please don't “mirror” or reproduce my pages on your site without permission.



VIDEO...Gay movement founder Harry Hay
on the pre-Christian origins of Christmas customs

A Harry Hay Xmas

VIDEO...The life and times of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, 18th century gay art historian, by Bradley Rose




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