Director’s Report

About this time last year, you responded generously to our first-ever appeal for membership. Many of you have or soon will receive renewal notices. I hope you will renew – and do a little more, if possible. The urgency we feel is a result of the growing climate of political conservatism sweeping the nation_ Like other gay and lesbian institutions, CLAGS is already feeling the chill. Important sources of support have begun to dry up: • mainstream private foundations remain reluctant to support gay and lesbian organizations; • CUNY has been forced to drastically cut its operating budget because of the recent state budget crisis; • and gay-friendly legislators have been forced to reduce their discretionary funds as a result of city and state budgetary wars. So we must rely on you, our individual supporters- more than ever before – to keep our doors open and our ground-breaking programs on track. In just the last four months, those programs have included: • “Sissies and Tomboys,” a conference exploring the relationship between gender nonconformity and homosexuality; • “Queer Theater,” a first-ever gathering of theater practitioners and theorists that explored the relationship between gay and lesbian lives and “the queerest art”; and • “Black Nations/Queer Nations?,” an historic three-day conference examining the convergence of black and queer identities in the African Diaspora. These are essential inquiries into the complex nature of our lives. And CLAGS is the only national lesbian and gay research center dedicated to providing them. CLAGS functions as a major catalyst to the intellect and cultural development of the lesbian and gay community. Your commitment to our work is an investment in the future of our community Please don’t put it off! Mail back the enclosed fund-raising envelope today. WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW! Sincerely, Martin Duberman Executive Director