The Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) was founded in 1991 as the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities. By sponsoring public programs and conferences, offering fellowships to individual scholars, and functioning as an indispensable conduit of information, CLAGS serves as a national center for the promotion of scholarship that fosters social change.

CLAGS’s efforts to promote an academy where homophobia, sexism, racism, and classism are studied and not enacted depend on the generosity of our members. The basic membership rate of $40 ($20 for students or individuals with limited income) includes advanced notification of all public events and a subscription to our biannual newsletter. Members also receive free admission to all CLAGS conferences. CLAGS makes its home at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Mission Statement

The Center for LGBTQ Studies provides a platform for intellectual leadership in addressing issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer individuals and other sexual and gender minorities. As the first university-based LGBTQ research center in the United States, CLAGS nurtures cutting-edge scholarship, organizes events for examining and affirming LGBTQ lives, and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members. CLAGS stands committed to maintaining a broad program of public events, online projects, and fellowships that promote reflection on queer pasts, presents, and futures.

CLAGS Statement for Black Lives

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Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at CUNY is the founder of the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) and the author of more than 30 books. His most recent works include Paul Robeson: No One Can Silence Me: The Life of the Legendary Artist and Activist (Adapted for Young Adults)(2021), Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary (2020), Has the Gay Movement Failed?(2018), Luminous Traitor The Just and Daring Life of Roger Casement, a Biographical Novel(2018) and his own memoir, The Rest of It: Hustlers, Cocaine, Depression, and Then Some, 1976–1988(2018). His memoir regarding the founding of CLAGS, Waiting to Land: A (Mostly) Political Memoir, 1985-2008 was published in 2009.

Duberman has received a significant number of awards–among them The Bancroft Prize, three Lambda Book Awards, the Manhattan Borough President’s Gold Medal in Literature, the American Historical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in Non-Fiction–and has been a Finalist for both The National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize.

His most recent accolades include the 2012 Kessler Award from CLAGS, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Amherst University in 2012, the Lambda Literary Award for Best Book of LGBTQ Nonfiction for Hold Tight Gently in 2014, the American Library Association’s Stonewall Honor Book for Non-Fiction in 2015. Also, Duberman received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Columbia University in May 2017.