From music artists like Lil Nas X to TV dramas like Euphoria, the LGBTQ+ community, and their stories and experiences, are more visible now in popular culture than ever before. In many ways the rise in LGBTQ+ representation parallels the movement for LGBTQ+ representation in the 1970’s. What was happening to culture and politics during the 1970’s? What is happening today? Has the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in pop culture influenced our current political landscape? Join us for a Q&A discussion with David Boyles, co-founder of Drag Story Hour Arizona, as we talk about the intersection of LGBTQ+ representation in pop culture and politics, from past to present.
This program is part of the Representation Matter series hosted by Arizona Humanities and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
David Boyles (pronouns: he/they) teaches writing and rhetoric at Arizona State University, where they also developed the Discovery Seminar course, “Speaking OUT: LGBTQ+ Youth in Pop Culture and Politics.” They are co-founder and president of Drag Story Hour Arizona and were honored for their contributions to the Phoenix LGBTQ+ community with the 2022 Phoenix Pride John Bircumshaw Community Spirit Award. They are also the author of the recently published Young Adult novel Life is a Banquet.