Third Kessler Honoree

Barbara Smith has been chosen as the third annual David R. Kessler Lecturer. She will speak on the topic “The History of Lesbian and Gay African-Americans,” at the CUNY Graduate School Auditorium at 7:00pm on December 9, 1994. A reception will follow. Barbara Smith is the co-founder (with Audre Lorde) and publisher of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. She edited the landmark Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology and is currently writing The History of African-American Lesbians and Gays, to be published by Harper/San Francisco in 1997. David R. Kessler, who endowed the award bearing his name three years ago, is a San Francisco psychiatrist with a distinguished record of advocacy for lesbian and gay causes within the psychiatric profession. He designed the Kessler Award, which carries a $2,500 stipend, to “honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the expression and understanding of lesbian and gay life.” Joan Nestle was the first winner of the Kessler Award, and Edmund White the second.