Amin Ghaziani - "Long Live Queer Night Life: How the Closing of Gay Bars Sparked a Revolution" - Rebecca Ewert

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Amin Ghaziani

Amin Ghaziani will discuss Long Live Queer Night Life: How the Closing of Gay Bars Sparked a Revolution. He will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Ewert. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the Book: 

It’s closing time for an alarming number of gay bars in cities around the globe—but it’s definitely not the last dance

In this exhilarating journey into underground parties, pulsating with life and limitless possibility, acclaimed author Amin Ghaziani unveils the unexpected revolution revitalizing urban nightlife.

Far from the gay bar with its largely white, gay male clientele, here is a dazzling scene of secret parties—club nights—wherein culture creatives, many of whom are queer, trans, and racial minorities, reclaim the night in the name of those too long left out. Episodic, nomadic, and radically inclusive, club nights are refashioning queer nightlife in boundlessly imaginative and powerfully defiant ways.

Drawing on Ghaziani’s immersive encounters at underground parties in London and more than one hundred riveting interviews with everyone from bar owners to party producers, revelers to rabble-rousers, Long Live Queer Nightlife showcases a spectacular, if seldom-seen, vision of a queer world shimmering with self-empowerment, inventiveness, and joy.

About the Author: Amin Ghaziani is professor of sociology and Canada Research Chair in Urban Sexualities at the University of British Columbia. He is the award-winning author of The Dividends of Dissent, Sex Cultures, and There Goes the Gayborhood? (Princeton). His work has been featured widely in international media outlets, including the New Yorker, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, USA Today, and British Vogue.

About the Interlocutor: Rebecca Ewert is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Sociology at Northwestern University. Her teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of sociology of the environment, health, gender -- especially masculinity -- inequality, and culture. Using qualitative methods, Ewert studies the ways that social categories (i.e. gender, race, class, age, etc.) and cultural factors shape individuals’ identities, trajectories, and experiences. She has published research that explores these relationships in the contexts of disaster recovery, mental health, the training of medical residents, and in higher education. Ewert’s award-winning work has been published in Social Science & Medicine, Environmental Sociology, and the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. To read more about her work, visit

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60615