LGBTQ people have shaped every aspect of our world, and Sarah Prager brings the stories of these real-life heroes from across the centuries to life in her talks, featuring the most popular icons from her book Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World (May 2017, HarperCollins).
Along with queer backstories of some of history’s most famous names and some LGBTQ history classics, listeners will get to know the Mexican nun who dared to write love poems to a queen, the transgender Civil War solider who transitioned while immigrating to America, the Georgia blues singer who got caught in an all-female orgy, the gay baseball player who was forced to choose between his career and identity, and the omnisexual Franciscan friar who saved lives on 9/11. Their biographies cover every color of the rainbow and every corner of the globe.
Sarah is available for readings and signings from her book, in addition to workshops and speeches on the book’s themes. Her most popular workshop “Queer History: Amazing Stories You Never Heard (And Why They Matter)” is always customized for any audience, including:
- Students (middle school, high school, college)
- Special events (conferences, camps, meetings)
- Groups (houses of worship, businesses, PFLAG chapters)
- Public venues (libraries, bookstores)
Sarah had been an activist since she came out at the age of fourteen. Her creation of the popular queer history mobile app Quist has gotten her invited to the White House, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, and the offices of Twitter, Google, and Microsoft. She has worked for queer rights organizations from Boston to Bulgaria. Read her full bio.
I liked that there was representation of more than white gay men.
I learned about trans and nonbinary people and it proved that trans people have existed forever.
Personal, passionate, but objective.
It was great! I never knew about important non-binary people.
I learned about queer people I’d never heard of before and it was very diverse (not all white/cis).
It was super interesting to see that we actually did have a history. I didn’t think we knew that many LGBTQ people in history.
It was hugely informative and informed. I liked how much context was given. The talk was very lively and entertaining. It was just really awesome!
I like that it didn’t just focus on gay male history.
I liked the opportunity to learn about my people's history.
Fun & interactive!
Speaking professionally since 2013, Sarah has presented to audiences across the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. From universities including Harvard Business School to academic conferences including The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies (San Diego, 2015) and Gay American History @ 40 (New York, 2016), audiences have invited Sarah back and recommended her at every turn.
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To see videos of Sarah’s past speaking engagements, select the category “Has Video.”
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