Say Gay: Confronting Anti-LGBTQ State Censorship in Education, Libraries, and Public History Part 2: Say Gay: Schools, Libraries, Museums, and the Censorship of LGBTQ Lives

Solicited by the OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories and the OAH Committee on Academic Freedom Endorsed by the OAH Graduate Student Committee and OAH Committee on Teaching

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Education; LGBTQ History and Queer Studies; Professional Development; Public History and Memory


The current wave of “Don’t Say Gay” and anti-transgender laws seek to censor teaching, accessing, and experiencing LGBTQ+ history in schools, libraries, and public history. On this special double roundtable session, scholars, educators, policy advocates, and legal activists speak to how this crisis has its own past, the ways LGBTQ-inclusive histories are being made accessible, and what’s being done to fight those who use the power of the state to silence and marginalize such histories.

Session Participants

Chair: Evelyn A. Schlatter, Colorado State Public Defenders

Panelist: Christopher D. Cantwell, Loyola University Chicago
Assistant Professor of Digital Public History, Loyola University Chicago 

Panelist: Elizabeth Alice Clement, University of Utah
Associate Professor of History, University of Utah

Panelist: Emily Drabinski, Graduate Center, CUNY
President-elect, American Library Association

Panelist: Shannon Minter
Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights