Out West with Gregory Hinton
October 17, 2018 6 p.m.
Crest and Horizon Rooms, U of I Commons
Many rural western born gay men and women leave the communities which raised them behind for the coastal cities of the Golden State seeking community, companionship and security. Gregory Hinton, California-based author and historian, offers an overview of Out West, his acclaimed national museum program series, inspired by his longing to come home to the rural mountain West of his youth as who he is.
This event is sponsored by the Program in Pacific Northwest Studies and the Department of History.
Gregory Hinton is an author, historian and keynote lecturer. Hinton’s work explores diverse cultural themes and how they relate to the community-at-large. A son of the rural Rocky Mountain West, Hinton devotes his energies to Out West™, his national museum program series offering lectures, films, plays and gallery exhibitions dedicated to shining a light on LGBTQ history and culture in the American West.
Hinton holds residencies at Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and is Associate Editor of the Papers of William F. Cody. A founding director of the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation, Hinton is the 2017 recipient of its Paladin Award; the 2010 International Gay Rodeo Associations President’s Award, and served as Honorary Grand Marshal of the 25th Anniversary of World Gay Rodeo.
Among his many endeavors, Hinton is proud to have initiated the display of the iconic intertwined shirts from Brokeback Mountain in the film gallery of the Autry Museum of the American West; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s traveling exhibition of “Blake Little: Photos from the Gay Rodeo; and “Out West in the Rockies”, the first regional archive of LGBTQ western history and culture at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center in Laramie.