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G&LR Awards Writers & Artists To Three Student Recipients

Boston, MA — The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide (The G&LR), with the generous support of the Leonard-Litz Foundation, announced today the recipients of its first-ever Writers and Artists GrantThe G&LR Grant of $15,000, divided among three candidates, was created to cultivate a new and diverse pool of writers for The G&LR, to bring their perspectives, ideas, and voices to the magazine, and to encourage emerging and unpublished LGBTQ+ writers, thinkers, scholars, and artists.

Graduate students Lucas Belury, PhD student in Geography at the University of Arizona; Gervais Marsh, PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University; and Cait N. Parker, PhD candidate in American Studies with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Purdue University, were notified that they each received a grant to complete or advance LGBT-related writing and other creative projects.

•    Lucas Belury’s project, titled “Queer Survival in 20th Century South Texas,” will chronicle the queer history of San Antonio, TX in the 1970s and early 1980s, and reveal how LGBTQ+ life was shaped by a politics of respectability that reconstituted explicitly queer spaces, palatable to heteronormative society.

•     Gervais Marsh’s project, titled “Intimate Notes: Patric McCoy’s Archive of Black Gay Life in Chicago,” will focus on artist Patric McCoy’s photographic archive as a meditation on histories of Black queer life and intimacy in Chicago from the 1970s to 1980s, while also grappling with the impact of HIV/AIDS on Black communities and artistic expression.

•   Cait N. Parker’s project, titled “Don’t Let Them Bury Us: Lesbian Revolutionaries in the Prison Abolition Movement,” will analyze the intersections between lesbian activists and the prison abolition movement in the 1980s–2000s.

“We believe that the most marginalized people in society, including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBT people, should be central to our mission,” said G&LR Publisher Stephen Hemrick. “We encouraged people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities to apply, and we were overwhelmed by the breadth and talent of the people who did so.”

About The G&LR 

The G&LR is a bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics targeting an educated readership of LGBT people, and their allies that publishes essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as reviews of books, movies, and plays. The G&LR’s mission is to promote equal rights and equality for all sexual and gender minorities, advance the intellectual life of LGBT people, and educate a broader public on LGBT topics. For more information, please visit

April 6, 2023
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