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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Language of and About the Homophile & Homosexual Movements

This paper examines the way that the wording and phrasing of the 1956 California Supreme Court used to describe and debate the case of Olesen v. ONE, INC. This historic case dealt with what was considered “obscene, lascivious, and lewd” and if it could be transmitted by the United States Postal Service. Due to the results of this case, much of the terminology of the Homophile movement was coined and clarified. These terms are the foundation of the terms and phrases used in the movement. This draws an interesting comparison. This is what will be discussed: how the terminology of the case exemplified the way the homophile/homosexual movement was perceived and misunderstood by 1950s America.

Presenter: Aaron Peryea (Graduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 208 Holmes
Time: 9 am (Session I)