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Will Roscoe


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Who are we?

Where do we come from?

What are we for?

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Through most of my life, I've been seeking answers to the three questions posed by Harry Hay at the dawn of lgbt liberation six decades ago.

Who are we?
Where did we come from?
What are we for?


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I believe these questions are central for understanding what being queer means in the times we live in.

In the books and articles I've written over the years, I've shared the insights I’ve gained on my search for answers. I hope to use this website as well to offer samples of my work, past and present, and some of the interesting materials I've collected along the way.

Here you'll find information about my publications, along with works-in-progress and tidbits from my unpublished writings and archives. There's background on the Native American two-spirit tradition, the primary subject of my research, and its parallels around the world, along with samplings of queer mythology, culture, politics, and history. And there’s plenty of multimedia content, too, including music, video, and podcasts!

In 2014, I participated in a roundtable for the National Parks Service on its LGBTQ initiative. To foster discussion, I compiled a selection of stories about traditional two spirits and warrior women whose lives have associations with sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places or designated as National Historic Landmarks. I've uploaded that piece here, and also a catalog I've been working on documenting the artistry of traditional Pueblo two-spirit potters. Click here to view. (These are large .pdf files.) Update: Th NPS LGBTQ Theme Study is now on-line!

As you explore my site, you’ll find a video slideshow on a little-known Apache warrior-woman, along with my first historical research project into the unsolved murder of Wobbly organizerFrank Little in 1917. There’s a page devoted to Vortex, an early ’zine that Bradley Rose and I published and a video clip ofHarry Haydescribing the pagan origins of Christmas traditions.

Finally, I’ve created a page on Harry Britt,Harvey Milk’s successor to the San Francisco Board of supervisors, which features audio clips from our conversations. Harry has had a remarkable career as an activist and elected official. His insights offer much needed correction to the legends that have grown up around Harvey.

But wait! There’s more! Check out my whacky old school dance musicmixes!

I will be updating this site on a regular basis, so visit me often! You can leave comments in my guest book or e-mail me.

In queer spirits,

Will Roscoe, Ph.D.
June 29, 2016

Feel free to link my site to yours and tell me about any sites I can link to—but please don't “mirror” or reproduce my pages on your site without permission.



VIDEO...Gay movement founder Harry Hay
on the pre-Christian origins of Christmas customs

A Harry Hay Xmas

VIDEO...The life and times of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, 18th century gay art historian, by Bradley Rose




Radically Gay