ACT UP Oral History Project

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Check out The ACT UP Oral History Project! The ACT UP Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York. The project features over a hundred video interviews of US activists from 2002-2015!

(Images taken from ACT UP Oral History Project website)

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On the Record, On the Stand


We’re happy to present our brand-new series, On the Record, On the Stand! This 6-week series showcases excerpts from the 2021 oral history interview and the 2001 court testimony of Pussy Palace security volunteer, Renee Racine. Racine was present for the police raid of the September 14, 2000, bathhouse event and later testified for the defense during the civil proceedings brought against 2 fellow security volunteers. Stay tuned to see how Racine reflects on her experiences both then and now. See you next week!  


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This full-time three-month position, starting in mid-September 2021, is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant supporting the LGBTQ Oral History Collaboratory.


Visit the Chair in Transgender Studies website and review the full posting. Send your updated resume and cover letter to
Posting Closes August 23, 2021

PPOHP: Call For Applications For a Remote Video/Audio Editor


We seek a skilled media maker who can edit video and audio files as part of the workflow in making our oral histories accessible to the public through video shorts, digital exhibitions, and other public-facing research outcomes (e.g. podcasts). You will work closely with and report to the PPOHP Project Manager, Alisha Stranges, who will be directing the creative activation of our archival and historical work. As a multi-media editor, you should be able to bring sight and sound together to create captivating final products. This is a part time, limited term position (10 hrs/week). 

To apply, send the following to the attention of Alisha Stranges by the deadline at  

•cover letter, with the names and emails of two references 
•resume or c.v. 
•if a student, an unofficial transcript 
•links to creative work that you feel showcases the skill set we’re looking for 

Questions may be directed via email to Elspeth Brown: 

PPOHP: Phase 2

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The Pussy Palace Oral History Project is wrapping up interviews and moving to phase 2! Our interviews have asked narrators to speak to a variety of themes including aesthetics, sense memory, inclusivity, policing, and queer sex culture. You can look forward to new video shorts using the interview footage. Make sure you follow us on all our other social media platforms to stay up to date.  

What kind of videos would you like to see? 

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Safe For Whom? Joseph Plaster

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Image Description: Photo of Polk St, San Francisco with Article Title

Catching up on queer public history reading! 

Inspired by Joey Plaster’s amazing work on the Polk St: Lives in Transition Project. See his “Safe for Whom” article, 2020. 

Plaster’s public oral history project that he did in 2008 to 2010 called “Polk St: Lives in Transition,” focuses on the gentrifying San Francisco. He did 70 oral histories in partnership with the GLBT historical society. 

His argues that oral history can also be a powerful tool for bridging cultural divides and re-framing public debates (89). He focuses on narrative as an important tool, arguing that oral history is useful documenting and amplifying counter narratives, and thus intervening and debates over who has a right to the city. Polk Street became the place for down and out in the wake of SF’s first wave of gentrification, when the Tenderloin had been cleaned up: it’s where homeless youth, sex workers, etc moved to. (Notes by Professor Elspeth Brown). 

More of Joseph Plaster’s article can be found using this citation:  Joseph Plaster, “Safe for Whom? And Whose Families? Narrative, Urban Neoliberalism, and Queer Oral History on San Francisco’s Polk Street,” The Public Historian 42, no. 3 (August 5, 2020): 86–113,

More of Joseph Plaster’s work can be found here