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Queer His/Hers/Theirstory Archive Reaches out to Alumni

Share your story with the QRC!

Alumni having lunch

Alumni having lunch

Recent alum, students and staff enjoy lunch

Recent alum, students and staff enjoy lunch

Please Take Our Survey!

We encourage all former students of The Claremont Colleges to complete this quick and easy online survey. Update your contact information, give permission to share your name and info on the Roster page, and let us know your interests in other Alumni activities.

Thanks to all Alums who attended our Spring 2013 Events!

We had an amazing lineup of events open to alums from across the 7Cs in the 2012-2013 school year. Please check back in September for information on the 2013-2014 schedule. In the mean time, read below for a snippet of some of what we were able to offer this year. Thanks again to all who participated.

See you next year!

 "The Luxury of Love: The Retreat/Retirement of Single Gay Men and the Rise of 'Bats' in Post-IMF South Korea"

Monday April 1st, 2013 at the Athenaeum Parents Dining Room, Claremont McKenna College

Professor John (Song Pae) Cho's talk entitled "The Luxury of Love: The Retreat/Retirement of Single Gay Men and the Rise of 'Bats' in Post-IMF South Korea."

Event Sponsors: Claremont McKenna Dean of Faculty’s Office, Center for Human Rights Leadership (Claremont McKenna), Pacific Basin Institute (Pomona College) and the Queer Resource Center for the Claremont Colleges

Two competing models of understanding gay/queer identity have recently dominated the field of queer studies: the globalization model and the newer cultural citizenship model. While the first presumes the dissemination of sexual identities from the “center” to the “margins” and the production of the “global gay,” the latter prioritizes “the significance of ‘cultural belonging’ which functions as a culturally distinct mechanism of emotionality that produces and reproduces identities and differences” (Chao 2002). This paper problematizes both models by examining the retreat/retirement of single gay men in South Korea. If the mid-1990s onwards were a period of great liberalizing reforms and sexual and romantic experimentation, then the contemporary period of deepening neoliberal reforms can be seen as an era of diligence, self-development, and, paradoxically, risk-taking. Viewing a bleak economic future without the support of their own wives and children, many regret the time that they had wasted pursuing love and sex in the 1990s. In order to secure their economic future, many retreat and some even retire from the gay community—now considering love an unaffordable luxury—to devote themselves to making money. Ironically, even as single gay men are pressured to retreat/retire under the force of neoliberal reforms, married gay men, known as “bats” because they blur the emotional, temporal/spatial, and financial boundaries of being “gay” and “straight,” are arising as a powerful new sexual constituency within the gay community. The same force that compels many single gay men to arise—the lack of familial support—is what is seen to enable married gay men to enjoy the “luxury of love.”


John (Song Pae) Cho is an SSRC Postdoctoral Fellow for Transregional Research at UC Berkeley. After completing his PhD in socio-cultural anthropology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011, he served as the Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. In fall, he will serve as the Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow in the Korea Institute at Harvard University. He is currently completing his book manuscript, Faceless Things: South Korean Gay Men, Internet, and Sexual Citizenship. His research has appeared in several journals, including Anthropological Quarterly (2009), Journal of Sociolinguistics (2012), and GLQ (forthcoming).    

Career Check-in with Alumni and CDO

Thursday April 25th, 2013 at The Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges

Dinner and a conversation with queer alumni and Pomona’s Office of Career Development to discuss life and work post- college: What does it mean to be queer in the workplace and how do alumni, who have been active in the LGBTQIA community, navigate activism outside of Claremont? This is a space to share experiences, concerns, joys, and ask lots of questions.

Lavender Graduation: Celebrate the accomplishments of The Claremont Colleges LGBTQA graduates!

Friday, May 3, 2013 at Galileo McAlister Lecture Hall, Harvey Mudd College

Keynote speaker: Greg Rae, HMC Alumni and Trustee
This event was a collaboration between The Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges and The Office of Institutional Diversity at Harvey Mudd College.

LGBTQA Luncheon: Bridging the Generations

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at The Queer Resource Center, Pomona College

5C Faculty, Staff, and Students enjoyed the 3rd annual LGBTQA Alumni Luncheon and contributed to a growing collection of queer oral histories at The Claremont Colleges. These interviews will not only serve an academic purpose to catalogue different individuals’ experiences, but also as a practice of reclaiming and authoring our own histories.

Student and Alumni LGBTQIA Mixer

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at The Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges, Pomona College

The first QRC mixer for current students, graduating seniors, and alumni from across the 7C's: a swanky soiree at the QRC celebrating the end of the year.

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Queer His/Hers/Theirstory Archive Reaches out to Alumni

Ongoing Project, Email for an Appointment
at the Queer Resource Center

Did you know that the QRC has a collection of surveys from LGBTQIA alumni dating back to graduation dates in the 1920s?  Well, this year in celebration of October being LGBTQ History Month, the QRC staff decided it was time to start collecting some histories from the community today!
Beginning this November and continuing on, the QRC is conducting interviews with members of the queer and allied community interested in sharing their story. These interviews will become part of our QRC library archive. Please consider sharing your story with us; make your history something future students can look back on  and in doing so, know more about their own place in history.

Participants Can Expect: An audio-recorded interview of about 45 minutes with a QRC staffer. The staffer has been given a set of open-ended questions and a microphone and an opportunity to tell us how you’d like your history preserved.

Sponsored by the QRC. This project will be open to Alumni during the Bridging the Generations event.

Affinity Group for LGBTA Community

Alumni Weekend 2010 spurred conversations and questions about support on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and alumni. In early June, Alumni Association past presidents Carlos Garcia ’73, Frank Albinder ’80 and Tom Minar ’85 met with fellow alumnae Jehan F. Agrama ’80 and Alumni Director Nancy Treser-Osgood ’80 and others from the College’s student affairs and advancement divisions. The result is an Alumni Association resolution to create and recognize the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Allied Alumni Affinity Group. This group will be a collegial network to support LGBTA students, alumni and parents and be a resource to the Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges. The next step in the creation of an Alumni Association affinity group is easy—an outreach campaign to develop a roster of alumni and friends who would like to be affiliated. Anyone identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or as allied to this community is invited to participate by sending their contact information to Alumni Director Nancy Treser-Osgood .