Feb. 15 Bettina Aptheker: “Queering the History of the Communist Left in the United States”

Feb. 15 Bettina Aptheker: “Queering the History of the Communist Left in the United States”

In 2010 gays and lesbians of the U.S. Communist Party began publishing a newsletter, The Queer Communist, whose emblem is a pink triangle superimposed on a hammer and sickle, marking an extraordinary moment relative to the homophobic history and politics of the CPUSA. The paper analyzes this history.

Bettina Aptheker is a Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies and History at UCSC.