Join PBN and local queer historian Jeffry J. Iovannone as we examine the life and legacy of Peggie Ames, an early trans activist from Western New York. Ames played a significant role in Buffalo’s first gay rights organizations, educating thousands of Western New Yorkers on issues of transsexualism. She was also an established counseling resource for the Erickson Educational Foundation and the Janus Information Facility. Most importantly, she created a blueprint for trans activism in rural communities and mid-sized cities. The setting for much of Ames’ life and work was an historic c.1835 Greek Revival style home. Not only was her residence architecturally significant, but it provided Ames a place of refuge and allowed her to continue her advocacy in an often hostile environment.
This event and Dr. Iovannone’s blog series Gay Places with Dr. Jeffry Iovannone, is part of PBN’s continued work to provide insight to the LGBTQ history associated with our existing historic built environment- narratives which are frequently forgotten, ignored, or purposely left out.
This virtual event is free and open to the public but registration is required.