Cocktails & Queer Life During Prohibition
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Join LeGaL for a virtual cocktail reception & web-based event that gives a fascinating look back at Prohibition 100 years after it began! As the ‘20s begin to roar again, there are a surprising number of similarities between the 1920s and the 2020s, particularly for LGBTQ Americans. In this Zoom presentation, historian and playwright Daniel Hurewitz invites us to reconsider the lost history of Prohibition. The program will feature live music by queer composers from the period.
Cocktail recipes with Prohibition-inspired drinks can be found here.
Daniel Hurewitz is both a playwright and an associate professor of history at Hunter College. As a scholar, his work has focused on the development of 20th-century U.S. gendered and sexual identities and the emergence of LGBTQ politics. His first book, Stepping Out (1997), traced a history of LGBTQ life across Manhattan, presented as a series of walking tours. His second book, Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics (2007), was named a Los Angeles Times bestseller and focused on the communities of L.A. artists, leftists, and queer activists who helped give birth to the American LGBTQ rights movement. More recently, he has been working to translate the scholarship of LGBTQ history to wider audiences. In part, that has involved working with the New York City Department of Education and local teachers to develop curriculum that they can bring into their classrooms. In addition, he has been writing plays about queer American history, such as “Reclamation” and “Nancy F***ing Reagan,” which was named “Best New Play” for the 2019 Los Angeles theater season.