October is LGBTQ+ History month, and the Committee on LGBTQ+ [Z] Issues in Linguistics (COZIL) is honored to present some programming this year to feature research on language and queer history in addition to a featured speaker event to link our linguistic understandings of gender and sexuality to historical events.

This year, we will feature a handful of blog posts, similar to what we did in June for Pride Month, with topics such as Coming Out (in honor of National Coming Out day on October 11), Language Before Stonewall, and issues of past moral panics around gay and lesbian citizens, among others.

To help get us started for the month, we wanted to remind everyone of Professor Bill Leap’s 2019 pride blog post for the LSA about the linguistic history of Lavender Languages. This is in preparation for a talk Dr. Leap will be giving this month on Language Before Stonewall that ties into his book of the same name, released in February of this year. This remotely accessible talk, coinciding with a Queer Studies class at Boise State University, will be Wednesday, October 14, from 4:30-5:45pm MT (3:30 PT, 6:30 ET). To watch this event, pre-register HERE to receive a link to access the talk prior to the event time. This talk will be a mix of Dr. Leap sharing his expertise on lavender language usage prior to Stonewall and a moderated discussion with Dr. Chris VanderStouwe, course instructor for the class at Boise State. It is free to attend, but requires registration at the link shared above.

Near the end of the month, COZIL is co-sponsoring a webinar on Queer and Trans Sociophonetics with the Culture, Language, and Social Practice [CLASP] Program at University of Colorado. This Webinar will be Saturday October 24th, from 3-5pm ET (12 PT, 1 MT), and you can register for this event HERE. This webinar will inculde talks on sociophonetic research with understudied and marginalized queer identities— including transgender, non-binary, and non-White identities, and that explore the consequences of the ways that dominant theories and methodologies in sociolinguistics don’t account for the full range of queer experiences.

For the rest of the month, look out for blog posts from some of the members of COZIL who will be sharing their own research relating to LGBTQ+ issues and history. We hope you can attend our co-sponsored speaker event and follow along with the blog posts we’ve curated for the month as we celebrate LGBTQ+ History month and recognize not only the amazing strides the queer community has made in the last several decades and those who paved the way for where we are today, but also be active collaborators in the continued struggle for rights and equality among members of the queer community, especially queer and trans BIPOC who still face rampant discrimination and inequalities.

Thank you for being a part of our LGBTQ+ History month programming. We’re glad you’re here.


Chris VanderStouwe, Boise State University, COZIL Member and LGBTQ+ History Month Editor

Tyler Kibbey, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, COZIL Chair

Archie Crowley, University of South Carolina, COZIL Incoming Chair