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Anne Balay - Working Class Queers: Stories of Public Health, Surveillance, and Dignity

Anne Balay
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Smith 102

Anne Balay is the author of "Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers."  She is a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College and a former long-haul trucker.


Balay does ethnographic work on 21st-century queer life as it manifests in blue-collar work settings. Combining oral history with participant observation, she challenges tenacious assumptions about class, work, sexuality, and courage. Her talk at UW examines working-class women's anger, both in the steel mills of Northwest Indiana and driving the big rigs that saturate the American landscape, that has somehow remained invisible. Collecting and analyzing narratives from these women (both cis and trans) fosters a better understanding of working-class attitudes about such issues as guns, gays, and globalization.


Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Disability Studies Program

Department of English

Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Comparative History of Ideas Program

Diversity Minor Program

Q Center