Invisibility & Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA + People

    September 1, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Jewish History Museum
    564 S Stone Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “Please join the Jewish History Museum for the season opening and a gallery chat surrounding the exhibition Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People presented within the Holocaust History Center’s Allen and Marianne Langer Contemporary Human Rights Exhibit space.

    11:30 AM – 12 PM
    Gallery Chat with the curatorial team
    Regular museum hours to follow (12-3 PM)

    This exhibition will connect the ongoing and urgent human rights concerns of LGBTQIA+ people around the world (emphasis on Chechnya, Uganda and Brazil) with the various forms of systemic violence experienced by LGBTQIA+ people in the US. The exhibition will be rooted historically and extend out from a presentation of Nazi persecution of homosexuals during the era of the Third Reich.

    Exhibition content includes a presentation of gay culture in Weimar era Germany; the systematic persecution of homosexuals during the era of the Third Reich; representations of historical and contemporary acts of solidarity, resilience and resistance, information about the lived experiences of queer youth and trans people of color in the US today.

    This exhibition was developed and curated by local museum professionals, queer activists and artists and university scholars and is sponsored by Ellen Freeman and Roe Callahan.

    Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 1-5 pm, and Friday 12-3 pm
    The Jewish History Museum is located at 564 S. Stone Ave.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Standing room only today at this gallery chat, attended by Councilman Steve K, and students from City High School and Paolo Fiere School. TC Holbert spoke of pervasive violence against trans people (like him), ongoing in U.S., where every other day a trans person is murdered. He asked for help from straight allies and cys-gender individuals, for this issue –where in some countries of Africa being gay is still criminal. He also said that 40% of homeless youth are gay, facing discrimination and targeted bullying in schools. Questions from audience were about where the exhibit got their #s from (website/project)?; how did the project start?; whether there is more violence against LGBT elderly or youth, statement about 12 M who died in WWII – Jews, gays, etc. Also TC pointed out that the “living” exhibit will add names of others killed in 2017 to 2018, and that in Nazi Germany, gays had to wear an in a red triangle and # on their clothing.

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