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Finding Aid for the Queer Nation Records 1982-1995
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Queer Nation was a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) grassroots local organization first established in New York, which then proliferated into many other chapters across the country including: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. The organization was well-known for its confrontational actions and public protests and was initially formed by former members of ACT UP, a non-profit organization that fought HIV/AIDS discrimination. The collection encompasses correspondence, budgets, propaganda materials, press contact information, membership lists, newsletters and photographs.



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Queer Nation was a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) grassroots local organization first established in New York, which then, proliferated into many other chapters across the country including: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. The organization was well-known for its confrontational actions and public protests and was initially formed by former members of another group: ACT UP, a non-profit organization that fought HIV/AIDS discrimination. Queer Nation emerged because of the need to visibly denounce and counteract acts of violence and stereotypical portrayals of LGBT people in the media. While prior to the 1990s, the word "queer" conveyed a negative connotation and was considered a pejorative against sexual minorities, the group was able to re-appropriate the term and adopt it as a word of action.
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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive for paging information.