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