Hugh Ryan | The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison

Recorded Jun 23, 2022
Direct Download: 20220623-hughrya.mp3

In conversation with Sayeeda Rashid, Director of the Center for Gender Resources and Sexual Education at Haverford College

Hugh Ryan is the author of When Brooklyn Was Queer, a “boisterous, motley … entertaining and insightful” (The New York Times Book Review) analysis of the famous borough’s LGBTQ+ history from the 1850s to present. Winner of a New York City Book Award and a New York Times Editors' Choice, it was a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Literary Awards. Ryan earned the 2020 Allan Berube Prize from the American Historical Association and residencies or fellowships from Yaddo, The Watermill Center, the New York Public Library, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In The Women’s House of Detention, he examines the history of the United States’s current crisis of incarcerating queer and transgender people through the story of the notorious mid-20th century Manhattan prison that held tens of thousands of women, transgender men, and gender-nonconforming people.

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