LGBT Activism Panel featuring CJ Janovy and Alley Stoughton
Tuesday, July 17
During a time of renewed interest in grassroots activism nationwide, citizens who hope to become more engaged can learn much from the recent history in Kansas, where a group of politically naïve LGBTQ folks, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights and ended up making friends in one of the country’s most hostile states.
Veteran journalist C.J. Janovy visits the Provincetown Public Library on July 17 to speak about her book No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas (University Press of Kansas, 2018). Currently a digital editor at Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, Janovy spent decades covering Kansas and Missouri politics as editor of Kansas City’s alt-weekly, The Pitch. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University, and, like LGBTQ people from all over America, makes frequent summertime pilgrimages to Provincetown.
“Janovy’s book is invaluable for insisting we understand that the battle for LGBT rights is vibrantly enacted and fought at the state and local levels, as well as nationally,” writes Harvard professor Michael Bronski, author of A Queer History of the United States. “It is a compelling, meticulously researched and sweeping tapestry of heroic moments – small and large – as women and men stand up to their municipalities, friends, colleagues, and neighbors to do the right thing.”
Joining Janovy will be one of the activists featured in the book, who now lives in Boston. Alley Stoughton, who became an LGBTQ activist in Kansas before moving with her wife to Boston in 2010, is a board member of, and speaker for, SpeakOUT Boston, the nation’s oldest LGBTQ speakers bureau. She’s also a member of WMBR, MIT’s student/community radio station, where she produces and hosts a weekly modern classical music program.