EVENTS

Upcoming and past appearances.

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The 2019 LGBTQIA+ Pride March announces Grand Marshals

Cast of POSE, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Gay Liberation Front, The Trevor Project, Monica Helms to lead

NEW YORK, NY, April 11, 2019 – NYC Pride, the official host of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50, announces its five Grand Marshals slated to lead both the 50th NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30, 2019, and this year’s commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The cast of POSE, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Gay Liberation Front, The Trevor Project and Monica Helms will head this year’s celebration. 


Gay Liberation Front

Gay Liberation Front was the very first LGBTQ activist organization formed after the Stonewall Rebellion. The courageous members of GLF fought to give political shape and direction to a whole new generation of LGBTQ militancy that spread with unprecedented vigor

and impact across the nation and the world.

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Jason Baumann | The Stonewall Reader with Mark Segal and Karla Jay

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the riots that started the fight for American LGBTQ+ rights, The Stonewall Reader highlights some of the movement’s most iconic moments and figures in the years before and after those tumultuous events. Assembling archival research and first-person accounts, editor Jason Baumann—the New York Public Library’s coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections—planned the book’s release to coincide with Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50, the library’s exhibition on the Stonewall riots and the ensuing gay liberation movement, open through July 14, 2019. He will be joined by Mark Segal, founder of the Philadelphia Gay News, who will discuss his contribution to the anthology, “And Then I Danced,” and Karla Jay, author of Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation and a distinguished professor emerita at Pace University. 


Jason Baumann | The Stonewall Reader with Mark Segal and Karla Jay

 Thursday, June 20, 2019

 7:30 p.m. 

Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

 Open to the public. Free.

"The Gay Liberation Front: We Shook UP The World— Stonewall From A Radical Literary Perspective"

Reading begins 7 PM, each reader will be reading for 5 minutes. 

with, in alphabetical order by first name: 

Allen Young, Flavia Rando, Fran Winant, John Knoebel, Karla Jay, Mark Horn,

Mark Segal, Martha Shelley, Perry Brass

An Evening at SAGE of GLF Authors and Readings 

Monday, June 24, 2019

SAGE: 305 7th Avenue (at 28th Street), New York, NY 10001

6:15 PM

Past

Stonewall Museum Talk, Richard Schneider Jr., David Leddick and Karla Jay

Wonderful evening catching up with people I know and talking to some new people. Amazing standing room only crowd! Thanks to Richard Schneider and GLR Worldwide for including me.

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“The Stonewall Generation Meets Gen Z: Panel on LGBTQ+ Activism”

Sharing the the panel of Stonewallers and Gen Z people at Pace University was really interesting. Saw my old friend Mark Neil Silber (left photo), and my GLF comrade Mark Segal.

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Collier Schorr: Stonewall at 50

Karen, Karla and Dutchess attend a photo exhibit at The Alice Austen House on Staten Island.

“The Past and Future of the Queer Press”

Karla Jay shares the NYPL stage with Michael Bronski, Perry Brass and Tobin and Kathy, hosts of queer podcast "Nancy".

THE LAMMYS: 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards

A fun night during Stonewall 50!

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Panel at New York Historical Society.

Gay & Lesbian Review Book Launch: "In Search of Stonewall"

Featuring: Karla Jay, Richard Schneider Jr., Amy Hoffman, Timothy Stewart Winter, Michael Denneny.    Celebrate a quarter century of the pioneering journal of LGBTQ life with this event to honor the release of the commemorative book, In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50 and The Gay & Lesbian Review at 25. Founded in 1994—25 years after the Stonewall Riots—the Review is a groundbreaking bimonthly magazine that features reviews, history, politics, and culture through the lens of the LGBTQ experience. Panelists Karla Jay, Richard Schneider Jr., Amy Hoffman and Timothy Stewart Winter will discuss the G&LR’s early days, the significance of Stonewall, and the future of LGBTQ rights.   GLR Book Launch: In Search of Stonewall New-York Historical Society Friday, June 7, 2019, 7-8:30 pm   170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street) New York, NY 10024 Phone (212) 873-3400 TTY (212) 873-7489 Photo by Stephen Hemrick

THE LAMMYS: 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Over 500 writers, publishing professionals, and celebrities came together on this special night to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ literature.   I was a presenter. 

Featured here in Gay City News.  They quoted my onstage patter:

 Writer and scholar Karla Jay, a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, which as a group is a grand marshal at this year’s LGBTQ Pride March, told how she’s been in demand for appearances in person and for films.

“It’s like being on a book tour without the book,” she said. She recalled the first Pride March and talked about preparing for the 50th:

“I persisted. I survived,” she said, also quipping, “I was checking the ‘In Memoriam’ list to make sure I wasn’t on it.”


31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Monday, June 3, 2019

Hosted by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

566 LaGuardia Place

New York City

“The Past and Future of the Queer Press”

It was great sharing the stage with Michael Bronski of FagRag and Perry Brass speaking about the important role the media played in the LGBTQ movement.  And I was so pleased to have a chance to meet the hosts of "Nancy"

The New York Public Library Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in the exhibition, Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 chronicles the emergence of LGBTQ activism with over 150 photographs and ephemera.   Additionally, a robust slate of programming is planned and including: 

"Thinking Out Loud: The Past and Future of the Queer Press"

A panel discussion with Karla Jay, Perry Brass and Tobin and Kathy, hosts of queer podcast "Nancy"

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

6:00 p.m.

New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd St.

Open to the public. Register at showclix.com 

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Karen, Karla and Dutchess attend a photo exhibit at The Alice Austen House on Staten Island.

Collier Schorr: Stonewall at 50

I attended the opening of this photo exhibit of work by fashion and celebrity photographer, Collier Schorr.  Collier photographed Karen F. Kerner, Duchess, and me for her forthcoming Stonewall 50 show at Alice Austen House on Staten Island.  Duchess says she intends to steal the show, leave her current line of work, and become a model.

The Alice Austen House presents 'Stonewall at 50', an exhibition by artist Collier Schorr. 15 intergenerational portraits of LGBTQ+ activists and artists, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. 

Collier Schorr: Stonewall at 50

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 19, 2019 

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition on view through September 2019

The Alice Austen House

2 Hylan Blvd

Staten Island, NY 10305

(718) 816-4506

“The Stonewall Generation Meets Gen Z: Panel on LGBTQ+ Activism”

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, LGBTQ+ student activists talk with movement founders: Karla Jay (Pace distinguished professor emerita; Tales of the Lavender Menace author), Robert Vazquez Pacheco (ACT UP and Gran Fury artist collective member), Mark Segal (National Gay Newspaper Guild president; Philadelphia Gay News founder), and Jay Toole (Queers for Economic

Justice co-founder; activist, storyteller, butch). Student panelists include Jay Bradford, Jasper Brooks, Sadie Ronga-Rubin, and Andrew Sciallo.

“The Stonewall Generation Meets Gen Z"

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 

6:30-830 p.m.

Pace University Student Center

One Pace Plaza, NY, NY 10038 

Open to the public. Free tickets at  www.eventbrite.com/

StonewallGenZ.eventbrite.com

(1st floor, wheelchair accessible)

"In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50, The G&L Review at 25" --Panel Discussion

The book, In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50, The G&L Review at 25  is being published by The Gay and Lesbian Review worldwide to commemorate 25 Years of Publication.  The G&LR was founded in 1994, which was the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. So now that the latter event is turning 50, we decided to celebrate both anniversaries with a collection of our best articles on the early struggle for equality 

 A panel discussion, featuring Richard Schneider Jr., David Leddick  and Karla Jay will be held to celebrate the occasion.  Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

"In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50, The G&L Review at 25"

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

Stonewall National Museum 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

“Stonewall 50: Reflecting—and Gearing Up for World Pride 2019"

Sponsored by BLAST, With Author & Activist, Karla Jay, we will discuss our now-mythologized past, the erasure of lesbians from that story, and recent developments.

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“Stonewall 50:  Reflecting—and Gearing Up for World Pride 2019"

Saturday, February 24, 2019 

West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County

Town Hall: "Our Community Vision for Stonewall 50/World Pride"

Reclaim Pride Coalition thinks it is imperative that we come together as a community to formulate a challenge and an alternative. Please come out on the night of July 31st to share your ideas on what you think Stonewall 50/World Pride should look like. By the end of the evening we hope to develop a new model for Pride that we will work toward over the coming year. 

Reclaim Pride Coalition Town Hall

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

7 PM – 9 PM

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

208 W 13 St, New York, New York 10011


Pictured left, Karla Jay & her  guide dog, Duchess appear at last year's Reclaim Pride Coalition Town hall

CREDIT: Karen Kerner

“Stonewall: History and Future”

Conversation with Toni Armstrong, Jr.

“Stonewall:  History and Future” 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Stonewall National Museum and Archives 

 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 

Tours & Speaking Engagements

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Universities that I have spoken at include:

Karla Jay at speaking engagement.


  • Harvard University 
  • Grinnell College 
  • University of California, Los Angeles 
  • University of Southern California 
  • University of Washington 
  • Western Washington University 
  • West Virginia University 
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison 
  • University of Indiana 
  • Oberlin College 
  • Amherst College 
  • Penn State University 
  • University of Kentucky 
  • University of Tennessee 
  • Durham University, England    

I have spoken in bookstores in:

Karla Jay signs books at a book signing.

  • New York
  • Boston 
  • Northampton, MA
  •  Philadelphia 
  • Washington, DC 
  • Tallahassee, FL 
  • Lexington, KY 
  • Louisville, KY 
  • Champaign-Urbana, IL 
  • Chicago Minneapolis 
  • Las Vegas 
  • Los Angeles 
  • Santa Barbara 
  • San Francisco 
  • Oakland 
  • Portland, OR 
  • London, England 
  • Manchester, England 
  • Newcastle, England 
  • Edinburgh, Scotland 
  • ...And many others!