Residency Director

Gregory Gajus, is a queer cultural theorist and culture maker living in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young queer activist, they were crucial in the development of ACT UP and Queer Nation, served as a national youth organizer for the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation and lived in residence at the Radical Faerie community Short Mountain Sanctuary. Gajus is best known for calling for and organizing the 1994, keenly effective $300 million Gay Boycott of Cincinnati, in response to the passage of an anti-gay initiative

As a longtime student and protégé of gay icon Dr. Judy Grahn, Gajus aided her in the research of her American-Book-Award-winning A Simple Revolution, which documented the early years of the gay, women’s and queer social movements of the United States. Gajus has taught at New College of California and California Institute of Integral Studies, and led workshops at The San Francisco Center for the Book.

Their research interests fall mostly in the areas of camp and drag as expressions of social activism and transformative pedagogy. Gajus is currently developing a musical theater production based on the life of drag legend Rae Bourbon.

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