INDEX of Resources

     Author Interviews:

     Historical, Archival, and Community Resources:

     Media Resources:

     Historical Research:

     Bookshelf Titles: in Home Page header image






Author Interviews:


Face The Elephant on Instagram: “Live with lgbtqplus author Jeff Stookey,” video interview, about 1 hour:




Video interview with Alan Rose on KLTV’s “Book Chat” (29 minutes):

February 2018 – A Chat with Jeff Stookey



Monday, June 24, 2019, I was at the Kennedy School History Pub with a panel of Portland’s LGBTQ movers and shakers to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. You can access a video of the program that was streamed live by the Oregonian HERE:

50 Years after Stonewall

Portland’s early LGBTQ+ activists discuss the history of Stonewall and the history of Oregon’s LGBTQ+ community

Posted by The Oregonian on Monday, June 24, 2019



Written interview on Johnnie Mazzocco’s “Writing Through the Body” website:



Audio interview with Vikki J. Cartrer on “Authors of the Pacific Northwest” website (38 minutes):         


Written interview about Book1, Acquaintance, with Mark Schultz on his “Word Refining” website:


Written interview about Book 2 & 3, Chicago Blues and Dangerous Medicine, with Mark Schultz on his “Word Refining” website:



Check out this 15 minute video featuring historical fiction writer Myrlin Hermes and me discussing a recent bestseller with Caroline Miller on her show “Just Read It.”




Historical, Archival, and Community Resources:


Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN) “Since 1994, we have been working to discover and publicize the history of sexual minorities in the Pacific Northwest. We collect, preserve, document, and share as much as we are able….Our physical collections are part of the library at Oregon Historical Society.”



Oregon Historical Society and the Davies Family Research Library “We invite you to explore the world’s largest collection of Oregon-related materials, including photographs, manuscripts, books, maps, oral histories, motion pictures, videotapes, newspapers, ephemera, and much more. All our resources are available to everyone.”



Q Center “Mission: The center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility and community building.”



University of Washington; Libraries, GLBT: Special Collections & Archival Resources: PNW GLBT Home “This guide highlights archival and printed materials, archived websites, and photographs available in Special Collections that relate to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community in the Pacific Northwest.”



OutHistory “ was founded in October 2008 by Jonathan Ned Katz, author of the groundbreaking Gay American History (1976) and other books on the history of sexuality.”



ONE Archives “ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world.”



It Gets Better “The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.”



This Way Out Way Out: The International LGBT Radio Magazine” is going stronger than ever in its 27th year. “This Way Out” is the award-winning internationally distributed weekly LGBT radio program, currently airing on over 200 local community radio stations around the world—and available by podcast.



Famous LGBTQ Authors from History A listing of some prominent LGBTQ authors with links to information about their lives. This website was suggested to me by a Gay Straight Alliance club that was researching projects about queer culture & history for kids doing presentations about topics of their choice. Thanks for the tip.



Making Gay History podcast:  Bringing the voices of queer history to life through intimate conversations with LGBTQ champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.


A list of helpful and supportive resources for LGBTQ Youth:  –valuable information for LGBTQ youth, their families, friends, and supporters.



LGBTQ Substance Abuse Resources



Why Substance Abuse is Worse in the LGBTQ Community



Media Resources:


Rachel Maddow reports on the political power of the KKK in the 1920s. (19 min. 34 sec.) – “Donald Trump Remarks Aid White Supremacists’ Political Ambitions”



Rachel Maddow lays out the history of eugenics in the USA dating back to the 1920s. (16 min. 32 sec.) – “US Anti-Immigrant Policy Has Roots In Racist Eugenics”



The Wolverine Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke – “Jazz Me Blues” (1924)



 King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band – “Dipper Mouth Blues” (1923) featuring a young Louis Armstrong.



“Livery Stable Blues” recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band on February 26, 1917 is widely acknowledged as the first jazz recording commercially released.



from Wikipedia:
On February 14, 1920, Smith recorded “That Thing Called Love” and “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” for Okeh Records, in New York City, after African-American songwriter and bandleader Perry Bradford persuaded Fred Hagar. This was the first recording by a black blues singer; the musicians, however, were all white. Hagar had received threats from Northern and Southern pressure groups saying they would boycott the company if he recorded a black singer. Despite these threats the record was a commercial success and opened the door for more black musicians to record.




Bibliography – a selection, in order of importance to the author

[** denotes reference in blog entries under the “Blog” tab]


Jonathan Ned Katz: Gay American History, lesbian and gay men in the U.S.A., a documentary history, revised edition, 1976/1992
Gay/Lesbian Almanac, a new documentary in which is contained…, 1983
The Invention of Heterosexuality, 1995/2007

Peter Boag, Same-Sex Affairs, constructing and controlling homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest, 2003

George Painter, The Vice Clique: Portland’s great sex scandal, 2013

George Chauncey, Gay New York, gender, urban culture, and the making of the gay male world, 1890-1940; 1995

Lillian Faderman: Surpassing the Love of Men, romantic friendship and love between women from the Renaissance to the present, 1981
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers; a history of lesbian life in 20th C America, 1991

John Loughery, The Other Side of Silence, men’s lives and gay identities: a twentieth-century history, 1998

Ina Russell, editor, Jeb and Dash, a diary of gay life, 1918-1945, 1993

John Lauritsen and David Thorstad, The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935), Times Change Press, New York, 1974



Kathleen M. Blee, Women of the Klan, racism & gender in the 1920s, 1991

“The Ku Klux Klan in Oregon,” by Eckard V. Toy, in Experiences in a Promised Land: Essays in Pacific Northwest History. G. Thomas Edwards and Carlos A. Schwantes, eds. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1986.

“Deliver Us From Evil, the Ku Klux Klan in Oregon’s legal history,” Michael J. Nove, Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Nov. 1996, Vo. 57, No. 2, pp 37-40.

Inside the Klavern, the secret History of a Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, edited by David A. Horowitz, 1999, Southern Illinois University Press.

A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County [Oregon], by Helen Patti Hill, 2016, Inkwater Press.

The Second Coming of the KKK, the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American political tradition, by Linda Gordon, 2017, Liveright Publishing Corp, a division of W. W. Norton & Company.

“The Paradox of Oregon’s Progressive Politics, the political career of Walter Marcus Pierce,” by Robert R. McCoy, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall 2009, Vol. 110, No. 3.

“ ‘Wheedling, Wangling, and Whalloping’ for Progress, the public service career of Cornelia Marvin Pierce, 1905-1943,” by Cheryl Gunselman, in the same publication: Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall 2009, Vol. 110, No. 3.

“The Ku Klux Klan in Oregon, 1921-22, A Source Summary and Analysis of Newspaper Coverage” Analysis of The Morning Oregonian’s Coverage blog post by zaron5551  –  Apr 6, 2014 The goal of this analysis is to answer one major question: which historical theory of why Oregonians joined the Klan is supported by The Morning Oregonian’s coverage of the 1922 election and which are refuted. accessed 01-01-2018:

The chilling threads of our racist past, Racism, religious bias and anti-immigrant sentiments once made Oregon a major center for the Ku Klux Klan, by Knute Berger, Crosscut’s staff columnist, April 23, 2018.
Crosscut is the Pacific Northwest’s independent, reader-supported, nonprofit news site, a service of Cascade Public Media.



“ ‘The Greatest Curse of the Race’: Eugenic Sterilization in Oregon, 1909-1983,” by Mark A. Largent, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Summer 2002, Vol. 103, No. 2., pp 188-209.

“Apology for Oregon Forced Sterilizations,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 03, 2002, From Associated Press. Accessed 01-07-2018:

“ ‘We Cannot Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear,’ Eugenics in the Hoosier Heartland,” by Alexandra Minna Stern, Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 103, Issue 1, March 2007. Minna Stern, Alexandra. (2007).  Accessed 04-14-2019:’s_Ear_Eugenics_in_the_Hoosier_Heartland

Family Limitation, by Margaret H. Sanger, Revised Sixth Edition, 1917. accessed 01-01-2018:

“ ‘Wheedling, Wangling, and Whalloping’ for Progress, the public service career of Cornelia Marvin Pierce, 1905-1943,” by Cheryl Gunselman, in the same publication: Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall 2009, Vol. 110, No. 3.

“7 Beloved Famous People Who Were Wildly Pro-Eugenics” Blog post by Matthew Archbold – Nov. 14, 2014 National Catholic Register. Accessed 01-01-2018:



*Ralph Berton, Remembering Bix: a memoir of the jazz age, 1974; a terrific personal biographical view of Bix Beiderbecke from the point of view of a precocious 13-year-old Ralph Burton who idolized Bix but was a careful observer. Well worth reading through to the finish for some surprises at the end.

**Hoagy Carmichael, Stardust Road & Sometimes I Wonder, 1946/1965 (autobiographies)

**Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group, New York, 1946/1990

**Eddie Condon, We Called It Music, a generation of jazz, with Thomas Sugrue, new introduction by Garry Giddins, DaCapo Press, New York, 1947/1992

**Richard M. Sudhalter and Philip R. Evans wrote the definitive biography of Bix Beiderbecke, Bix: Man and Legend, 1974.



**Evolution’s Rainbow, Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, by Joan Roughgarden, a trans woman, U CA Press, 2004.

**Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex, by Alice Domurat Dreger, Harvard U Press, 1998.



Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler, The Young and Evil, 1933/1988/1996

Blair Niles, Strange Brother, 1931/1991

Forman Brown writing as Richard Meeker, Better Angel; 1933/2000, with an Epilogue by Forman Brown, 1995 at age 94

Wallace Thurman, Infants of Spring, 1932/1999

William Maxwell, The Folded Leaf, 1945/1991

Henry Blake Fuller, Bertram Cope’s Year, 1919

Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, 1919

Sinclair Lewis, Main Street, 1920





Bookshelf Titles on header photo

Some of Jeff’s favorite books:

Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia

Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Hermione by Steven J. Bernstein

The Wraith by Steven J. Bernstein

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

The Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs

Queer by William S. Burroughs

The Annotated Alice [by Lewis Carroll], by Martin Gardner

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

The Portable Conrad, The Viking Portable Library, by Joseph Conrad

Honey in the Horn by H. L. Davis

Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea; the Alexandria Quartet, by Lawrence Durrell

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Maurice by E. M. Forster

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet

Howl by Allen Ginsberg

The Odyssey of Homer

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Dubliners by James Joyce

Moby Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Nothing Like the Sun: A Story of Shakespeare’s Love Life by Anthony Burgess

The Works of Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Poems

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Portable Mark Twain, The Viking Portable Library

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf



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