Queer Nation Cleveland

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Queer Nation Cleveland, a local chapter of the national queer political organization Queer Nation, formed in 1991. Queer Nation Cleveland first formed during a conference at Case Western Reserve University. Queer Nation Cleveland was, at best, loosely affiliated with more prominent Queer Nation chapters in New York and San Francisco. Queer Nation Cleveland met at the LGBT Community Center’s 1418 West 29th Street location.

In addition to staging public protests, Queer Nation Cleveland frequently utilized “sticker campaigns” as a means to spread political messages and raise awareness about a variety of issues related to queer communities and queer liberation. Queer Nation’s stickers commonly sported queer political phrases, including “A queer was here,” “Faggot power,” “Dyke power,” “Lesbo a go-go,” and “Bisexuals have twice the fun.” Queer Nation Cleveland members were visible participants in numerous political and social events in Cleveland, including Dancin’ in the Streets and Cleveland Pride.

Gay People’s Chronicle. October 1991.

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Resources

  • “Are Faggot and Lesbo Powerful or Painful Even for Our Own Use?” Gay People’s Chronicle. August 1991. Page 3.
  • “Looking Back – And Looking Forward.” Gay People’s Chronicle. January 10, 1992. Page 2.
  • “Queer Nation Outlines Gay Bashing Victims by WMJI.” Gay People’s Chronicle. October 1991. Page 1.
  • Taylor, Kimberly. “Queer Nation – A Fresh Wind of Change.” Gay People’s Chronicle. January 10, 1992. Page 9.
1418 W 29th St., Cleveland, OH 44113 (LGBT Community Center, former location).

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