We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan

Lou Sullivan Event Courtesy Of The Glbt Historical Society

Upcoming Event


Drawn from meticulously kept journals, We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan (Nightboat Books, 2019) records the life of arguably the first publicly gay trans man to medically transition. To celebrate the book’s launch, this event brings together the volume’s editors, Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma; Susan Stryker, who wrote the Introduction; a group of trans artists and activists, including Kay Gabriel, Che Gossett, Mars Hobrecker, and TC Tolbert; and writer Wayne Koestenbaum for readings and conversation.

We Both Laughed in Pleasure narrates the inner life of a gay trans man moving through the shifting social, political, and medical mores of the second half of the 20th century. Louis Graydon Sullivan (b. Milwaukee, 1951; d. San Francisco, 1991) was a writer, activist, typesetter, trans historian, and queer revolutionary. He kept comprehensive journals from age 11 until his AIDS-related death at 39. Sensual, lascivious, challenging, quotidian, and poetic, the diaries complicate and disrupt normative trans narratives through Sullivan’s revealing self-articulation and the complexity of this fascinating and courageous figure.

Tuesday, October 1, 7pm


This event takes place at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Lou Sullivan Courtesy Of The Glbt Historical Society

Literature programs at The Kitchen are always free thanks to the support of our members. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, please click here.

Public programs are made possible with support from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Lou Sullivan. Courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society.

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