Matthew Limb Presented Paper at the UCLA Graduate Conference on Religion

Matthew Limb, first-year Ph.D. student, presented his paper “Loving, Touching, Squeezing: Towards a Gay Sacred Space at the New York Piers, 1971 - 1985” in the "Creation of Sacred Spaces" session at the 2016 Graduate Conference on Religion: Sacred Sites and Landscapes at UCLA (Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA, May 11-12). The paper discussed that, in the 1970s and early 80s, artists and queer peoples occupied Manhattan's Lower West Side piers as a space of leisure, sex, and art making, and examined the site as a queer sacred space that fostered community and identity through place, ritual, and art.