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About Tim Retzloff

Tim Retzloff teaches history and LGBTQ studies at Michigan State University.

Obituary: Stuart Itzkowitz

By |2019-11-13T16:09:24-05:00November 13th, 2019|Michigan, News|

[Photo: Stuart Itzkowitz in Detroit’s Gay Pride March, ca. 1975] Pioneering Metro Detroit gay activist, psychologist, one-time diarist and retired Wayne State University lecturer and counselor Stuart Itzkowitz died Nov. 5. A resident of Grosse [...]

Which Stonewall? Whose Stonewall?

By |2019-06-26T15:46:10-04:00June 26th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

“Ho Ho! Hey Hey! We won’t pay to be gay!” The chant, led by Vivian Thompson on a bullhorn and in unison with a couple dozen or so other protesters, announced the stance of Lansing People’s Pride as they marched on June 17th through Old Town, home to this year’s Michigan Pride celebration.

Whatever Happened to? …

By |2019-02-20T14:38:10-05:00February 20th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

As I rework my dissertation into a book manuscript — cutting sections here, smoothing out passages there, tugging at paragraphs like taffy over there, finding the through line — I have been sneaking out and doing some last-minute oral history interviews. Even though many people have told me to stop, that I need to get the book done. I can’t quite help it.

Bring Out Your Dead

By |2018-10-10T15:50:15-04:00October 10th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

So, for this year’s National Coming Out Day, bring out your dead. If you have deceased LGBTQ friends or relatives who may not have been out during their lifetimes, bring them out, even in some small way. Help them take their next step. Tell someone about them. Write up an account of their lives for some future reader (or perhaps a historian). Maybe, in the fashion of cemeteries planting American flags on veterans’ graves, place a rainbow flag at their final resting place.

Remembering Beth Brant

By |2018-08-08T14:29:30-04:00August 8th, 2018|Michigan, News|

When writer Beth Brant died on Aug. 6, 2015, she left behind a loving family and a vibrant literary legacy documenting her life as a Native American lesbian. A mother, grandmother and longtime Melvindale resident, Brant is remembered as a pathbreaking lesbian author, poet, essayist, editor, lecturer and literary activist.

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