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Oct. 11 CSUF Lecture Focuses on Gays and Lesbians in ‘Cold War America’

Oct. 9, 2012

Craig M. Loftin

Craig M. Loftin

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Craig M. Loftin, author and Cal State Fullerton lecturer in American studies, will deliver a free lecture titled “Masked Voices: Gay Men and Lesbians in Cold War America” on campus Oct. 11. The lecture is part of CSUF’s “Thinking Queer” speaker series.

The lecture, which is open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. in the Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union. Parking is $2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online.

Loftin said he will discuss his books, “Masked Voices: Gay Men and Lesbians in Cold War America” (State University of New York Press, 2012) and ”Letters to ONE: Gay and Lesbian Voices From The 1950s and 1960s” (State University of New York Press, 2012) .

The books, Loftin said, focus on letters written to the first openly gay magazine in the United States, ONE (1953-1967).

“The letters shed new light on LGBT experiences during the peak years of McCarthyism and cold war hysteria. Most of these letters have never been published before,” he said. “They discuss a wide range of issues, including job discrimination, family relations, marriage, psychology, sex and the media. I will read several letters, discuss their historical significance, connect them to contemporary debates about LGBT rights and politics.

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