Maize, Blue, and Lavender: Revisiting U-M's LGBTQ Past


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Tim Retzloff (Michigan State University)
Event Date: 
October 24, 2017
Event Time: 
3222 Angell Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Ramp access: A ramp is located at the West entrance to the left of the main steps. Elevator access: Once inside, via the wheelchair ramp, take the first left at the midway point of the hallway, then another left.
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Tim Retzloff received his BA with highest honors in history from the University of Michigan in 2006 and earned his PhD in history from Yale in 2014. Prior to graduate school, he worked for seventeen years in various U-M libraries, first on the Flint campus, then in Ann Arbor. His engagement with U-M’s LGBTQ past began while a student at UM-Flint, when he authored the history appendix for the 1991 study From Invisibility to Inclusion, Opening the Doors for Lesbians and Gay Men at the University of Michigan, commonly known as The Lavender Report.

Retzloff has been a guest on Stateside with Cynthia Canty on Michigan Radio and The Craig Fahle Show on WDET. His writings on Michigan’s queer past have appeared in the anthology Creating a Place for Ourselves, the journal GLQ, the collection Making Suburbia, and the pages of Between The Lines. He is currently at work on his first book, Metro Gay, about gay and lesbian life and politics in Metro Detroit from 1945 to 1985. He teaches history and LGBTQ studies at Michigan State University and curates the website Michigan LGBTQ Remember (

This event is presented by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Additional support from the LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Bicentennial Office; History; the Spectrum Center; and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.