Speaker spotlight: Marie Cartier

What was life like for gay women living in California in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s?

MC - MarieCartierforKCETa (2)“Film trailer for feature length documentary entitled HOMOFILES. This documents premieres interviews with pre- Stonewall (pre 1975) gay United States lesbians responding to questions about the importance of bar community in their lives. The text the documentary is based on is Marie Cartier’s book, Baby, You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology before Stonewall, which asserted that the gay bars for homosexuals pre-Stonewall served as an alternate church space. It includes a brief interview with Dr. Cartier as well as documenting primary interviews through the 1940s through the 60s.”

Marie Cartier

Marie Cartier is a scholar, visual /performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian who has been active in many movements for social change. She teaches at UC Irvine in Film and Media Studies, and California State University Northridge in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies. Her Ph.D. is in Religion from Claremont Graduate University (2010), with a major in Women Studies in Religion, and an emphasis in theology, ethics and culture.

Her book, Baby You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology before Stonewall was published by Routledge, 2013. She has three Masters of Fine Arts Degrees, in Film, Theater, and Art. She is co-chair of the Lesbian Feminist Studies in Religion session for the national American Academy of Religion and for the AAR/West she is co-chair of the Queer Studies in Religion session and founded the Queer Caucus.

Pinkie Malibu Productions is an independent film company run by Kimberly Esslinger and Marie Cartier, California, USA

Marie will be presenting on day 2 of the conference

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