Behind the Scenes with Don Romesburg

donromesburg.jpgDon Romesburg, assistant professor of women's and gender studies, grew up in Juneau, Alaska, but was always a big-city boy at heart. He has mostly lived in San Francisco since 1994 and got his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in U.S. History with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

He has published on early 20th-century U.S. social science, cultures, and discourses of adolescence and homosexuality, the social history of queer performers, and male intimacy in popular culture. His most recent work relates to queer transracial adoption.

In Fall 2010, he established the new university-wide Queer Studies Minor, making SSU the fourth CSU campus with such a program. Through overseeing the annual Gender Studies Program Series and being active in co-curricular programming, Don works to foreground the central role that Women's and Gender Studies plays in the meaningful gender, sexual, racial, and socioeconomic diversity on campus.

When not at SSU, Don is a curator at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Historical Society, where the most recent show, "Passionate Struggle: Dynamics of San Francisco's GLBT History," attracted over 25,000 visitors. In Fall 2010, a major exhibit,
"Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating GLBT History," will open in the Historical Society's new Castro space.

Utilizing his background in cultural activism and media relations, Don provides regular comment for news and documentaries on an array of issues related to lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender culture and politics.

Don and his husband have one of the 18,000 same-sex marriages in legal limbo in California due to the passage of Proposition 8. They are also proud transracially adoptive papas to a five-year-old daughter.

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