Bio


Greg Youmans is a writer, historian, and videomaker.

He earned his PhD from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Colgate University.

His book on the paradigm-shifting 1977 gay and lesbian documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives appeared in 2011 as part of Arsenal Pulp Press's Queer Film Classics series, and he has published scholarly articles in Camera Obscura, Millennium Film Journal, and e-flux. His writing and research focus on queer activist history, media, and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the 1970s.

He is currently at work on a book manuscript titled "Thank You Anita!: Gay and Lesbian Filmmaking in the 1970s."

He also organizes "Queer Are You Going, Queer Have You Been," a project designed to rekindle awareness of lesser-known figures from the queer past. The project launched in 2013 with a public event about Bay Area queer activist Tede Matthews (1951–1993) and a writing project about lesbian poet Elsa Gidlow (1898–1986).

From 2008-13, Youmans made the video series Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg in collaboration with Chris Vargas. The series playfully explores divisions of identity, lifestyle, and politics within LGBT communities. Videos in the series have screened at a number of film festivals and art venues, including SF Camerawork, MIX NYC, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Tate Modern.

A cv is available here (January 2014).

Contact at gregyoumans (at) gmail (dot) com.