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Author Talk: The Forgotten Story of Lesbian Activist Eve Adams

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Wednesday June 22, 2022
3:00PM ET / 2:00PM CT / 1:00PM MT / 12:00PM PT




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Join guest speaker and historian activist Jonathan Ned Katz as he uncovers the forgotten story of the radical lesbian activist Eve Adams and her long-lost book Lesbian Love.

Born into a Jewish family in Poland in 1891, Eve Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912, took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications, and ran lesbian-and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. Then, in 1925, Adams risked all to write and publish a book titled Lesbian Love, catching the attention of the young J. Edgar Hoover and the US Bureau of Investigation.

Katz recently published the first ever biography of Eve Adams, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, where he recovered the extraordinary story of an early, daring activist. Join this special talk lead by Katz all about Eve Adams and the legacy of her advocacy and courage.

About Jonathan Ned Katz

Jonathan Ned Katz is an independent scholar, historian activist, and visual artist. He has published five books on the history of sexuality and intimacy: The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams (2021); Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality (2001); The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995); Gay/Lesbian Almanac (1983), and Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (1976). He founded the US LGBTQ public history website OutHistory.org (2008).

 In 2013 the first solo exhibit of Katz’ visual art was held at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York City, curated by the noted art historian Jonathan David Katz (no relation). Jonathan Ned Katz published Coming of Age in Greenwich Village: A Memoir with Paintings.

Katz also published two books on African American history, Resistance at Christiana: The Fugitive Slave Rebellion, Christiana, Pennsylvania, 1851 (1974). He co-authored Black Woman: A Fictionalized Biography of Lucy Terry Prince (1973).

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