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Eve Adams: A Daring Life and Dangerous Times for a Radical Lesbian

13jun11:00 am12:15 pmEve Adams: A Daring Life and Dangerous Times for a Radical Lesbian11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Eve Adams: A Daring Life and Dangerous Times for a Radical Lesbian

Event Details

  • Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and present Eve Adams: A Daring Life and Dangerous Times for a Radical Lesbian
  • Join acclaimed historian Jonathan Ned Katz for an exploration of the incredible life and times of radical lesbian Eve Adams!
  • Can't make the live event? Buy a ticket for the recording and watch the event in your own time! See FAQs below for more info.
  • Eve Adams was a rebel. Born into a Jewish family in Poland, Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912. The young woman took a new name, befriended famous anarchists, sold radical papers, and ran lesbian-and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York.
  • Then, in 1925, Adams risked all to write and publish a book titled Lesbian Love. In a repressive era, Adams’s bold activism caught the attention of the young J. Edgar Hoover and the US Bureau of Investigation, leading to her surveillance and arrest.
  • In a case that pitted immigration officials, the New York City police, and a biased informer against her, Adams was convicted of publishing an obscene book and of attempted sex with a policewoman sent to entrap her. Adams was jailed and then deported back to Europe. In Paris, she sold “dirty books” and befriended Henry Miller. After living a fascinating life, she was murdered by Nazis in Auschwitz.
  • In The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, acclaimed historian Jonathan Ned Katz has recovered the extraordinary story of an early, daring activist. Drawing on startling evidence, carefully distinguishing fact from fiction, Katz presents the first biography of Adams, and the publisher reprints the long-lost text of Adams’s rare, unique book Lesbian Love.
  • As Katz says, the interest is in the details. In this talk, Katz shares the most dramatic, intriguing, provocative documented details of Eve Adams’s life.
  • Speaker Bio
    • Jonathan Ned Katz is the author of Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the USA (1976) and four other books on sexual history, two books on African American history, the plays, Coming Out! and Comrades and Lovers, and he founded, the major website on LGBTQ+ US history. He is also a visual artist: the first solo exhibit of his paintings was held at the Leslie-Lohman Museum; see Jonathan Ned Katz also published Coming of Age in Greenwich Village: A Memoir with Paintings.
  • FAQs
  • When will the Zoom invite come?
    • The Zoom invite will be in the CONFIRMATION EMAIL from your order—IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE IT IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL PLEASE MESSAGE US IMMEDIATELY. Subsequent to this, the Zoom invite will be sent to your email address at 48hrs, 2hrs, and 10mins before the event. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM AND SOCIAL FOLDERS IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE ZOOM INVITE IN YOUR INBOX.
  • What time zone is the event scheduled in?
    • The event is scheduled for 2pm EST (i.e. New York time). You can watch it in any time zone but please adjust to the time zone you are in.
  • Will the event be recorded and available to view later?
    • Yes the event will be recorded and you can buy a ticket for the recording above. If you buy a ticket for the recording you will be emailed automatically after the event with a link to the recording, available to view for 1 week after receiving the link. If you bought a ticket for the live event but couldn't make it please email us and we will send you the link to the recording.


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