Speak Your Piece | 15: Season 1, Ep. 15 (Part 1): Seth Anderson discusses the history of Utah’s LGBTQ+.

With the fifty-first anniversary of the NYC Stonewall Riots (June 28th to July 3rd) ending just before the 4th of July weekend, we thought this Speaking of Utah by Senior Public Brad Westwood with historian J. Seth Anderson, would offer some good Utah listening. 

Anderson is the of LGBTQ Salt Lake which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2017. Seth was raised in Central Utah and in Arizona. He is a PhD Candidate in American History at Boston University. His research interests include the history of culture, religion, medicine, and sexuality, from the late nineteenth century through the twentieth century. 

His dissertation focuses on the history of conversion therapy (a pseudoscientific therapy intent on changing sexual orientation) in the United States. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Utah, where he studied the history and the effects of HIV/AIDS in Utah. Seth has published two books, and his writing have appeared in the Washington Post and the New England Journal of Medicine. Seth and his husband, Dr. Michael Ferguson were the first same-sex couple married in Utah. They currently live in Boston.

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