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Newsletter: November 2016

Cheers, Everybody!

Marie Cartier and Carolyn Weathers will both be presenting at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference this year held in San Antonio, Texas.

Carolyn, whose photo appears on the cover of Marie’s book, Baby, You Are My Religion, will be presenting on and giving a tour of LGBTQI sites in San Antonio from the 1950s and 60s. Carolyn has an extensive collection of photos she has been taking since the 1950s and includes sites such as the Acme Bar, Top Hat, Fernando’s, and other locations around the city and the surrounding countryside. Here is a short clip of her on The HomoFiles  public access show from 2011.

Marie will also be presenting her paper on the Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy. You can watch an excerpt of her presentation from the WeHo Lesbian Panel Series in September 2016.

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HF Newsletter – November 2016

Greetings Everyone!

I wanted to share some news with you all. We are changing the name of the documentary from The HomoFiles to The HomoFiles presents, Baby, You Are My Religion. While the documentary evolved from the public access TV show of the same name, it was always based on Marie’s book. I also felt the title was too broad for the subject of this documentary. After discussing with Marie, we agreed to revise the title.

WeHo Lesbian Panel Series

I want first thank everyone for coming to the WeHo Lesbian Panel Series – September 19, 2016. It was great to see you all and make some new acquaintances as well. Also, a very special thank you to the City of West Hollywood and The Mazer Lesbian Archives for sponsoring this event.

And finally, thank you to our panelists, Marna Deitch, Tanyna Gilbert, and Nancy Valverde for coming out and sharing your stories with us. I always learn something new.

WeHo Lesbian Panel Series: Baby, You Are My Religion

Photo cred: John Erickson

Here are some excerpts from the event.

Video: Marie’s Article on Gay Bars and Orlando |

Video: Marie Reads Myrna’s Story |

Upcoming Events

By the time you read this, Marie will have presented at both Triangle Square, Cal State LA, and The Oral History Association Conference. However, in November she will be presenting at the American Academy of Religion in Texas with Carolyn Weathers. There will also be a bus tour of gay bars based on Carolyn Weather’s stories and archives. Stay tuned!

Not Quite There Yet… Crowd Funding Campaign

A lot of folks have asked if we have a Kickstarter campaign, and the answer has always been “not yet.” But now the answer is, we’re almost ready. We are currently prepping for a launch and we need your help expanding our reach by doing the following:

On Facebook the homofiles

  •        Like our Facebook page.
  •        Share our page with your friends, ask them to Like us.
  •        Share our posts

On Twitter @the_homofiles

  •        Follow us on Twitter (we’ll follow you back!)
  •        ReTweet us

But most important is when our campaign goes live, please share it on all your feeds. And ask you friends to do the same. We can’t do this without you.

So thanks again everyone! Keep an eye out for more news in the coming months. Please share this newsletter with others in your circle.

To close in the words of my friend Carolyn (also one of our featured people)…

Cheers Everybody!

Kimberly and Marie

Kimberly Esslinger
Project Director
(562) 546-2852

Freedom – Myrna’s Story

Dr. Cartier tells the story of Myrna, 1950’s housewife… and insomniac.

Ginny’s Story

Marie Cartier tells a little of Ginny’s story, one of the original informants from Marie’s dissertation.

The HomoFiles Project is Awarded Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant

Great news! We were awarded the Cal Humanities Community Stories grant to help us make The HomoFiles as a documentary. Very grateful to our fiscal sponsor, POWER UP Films, and to The Center at Long Beach for their in-kind contributions. We are excited to begin work on this project and look forward to posting more about the process as we move along. Thanks again to Cal Humanities, POWER UP, and The Center of Long Beach.

The HomoFiles wins Favorite Local Live Series!

The HomoFiles: Real Live Lesbian Pulp with Dr. Marie Cartier won West Hollywood Public Acces Users Choice Award 2010 for “Favorite Local Live Series”. The show is produced by Kimberly Esslinger , Sue Sexton, and Dr. Marie Cartier and features primary interviews with pre-Stonewall gay women. Thank you West Hollywood!

Dr. Marie Cartier and Kimberly Esslinger

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