Panel Discussion on Austin's Lesbian Music Scene and LGBTQ+ History

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Panel Discussion on Austin's Lesbian Music Scene and LGBTQ+ History

The Austin Public Library welcomes you to a panel discussion about Austin’s lesbian music scene and LGBTQ+ history on Saturday, July 7 at 3 PM at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St.

This discussion accompanies the photography exhibit We’ll Just Rock for Ourselves: Selections from the Lisa Davis Photograph Archive which presents images of Austin’s lesbian musicians and activists of the early 1990s.

The panel discussion and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit

Discussion Panelists

Jana Birchum has extensive experience in magazine and newspaper photography as both a news photographer and a reportage storyteller. She specializes in feature and documentary stories, though has a great deal of experience in breaking news and politics. Her photographs have been printed in Texas Monthly, Newsweek, The New York Times, People Magazine, Der Speigel, Time Magazine, and many other national and international publications. Birchum has been a Staff Photographer at the Austin Chronicle for over a decade. She has advocated for social justice causes throughout her life, including work with LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Austin Harm Reduction Coalition.

Kate Messer currently serves as Communications Director for Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan of Council District 6. Throughout her life, Messer has worked in radio, public education, publishing, and the music biz. Her role as a senior editor at the Austin Chronicle is how most folks know her work. She was the writer for the Gay Place column. Her 23-year gig at the paper was highlighted by a deep understanding of how cultural affairs shape a city as well as a commitment to bringing voice to underserved communities. She was a member of the Austin band Power Snatch and a dear friend of photographer Lisa Davis. In 2010, Messer donated the Lisa Davis Photograph Archive to the Austin History Center.

Discussion Moderator

Curran Nault is the author of Queercore: Queer Punk Media Subculture (Routledge, 2018) and holds a PhD in Radio-Television-Film (RTF) from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a joint lecturer in RTF, Asian American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. He has published in such journals as Jump Cut, Feminist Media Studies and the Journal of Film and Video, as well as the anthologies Queer Love in Film and Television, Mediated Girlhoods II, the Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema (forthcoming) and the Oxford Handbook of Punk (forthcoming). Curran is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the LGBTQ+ transmedia arts festival, OUTsider. Finally, Curran is a documentary producer: Before You Know It (PJ Raval, 2013) and Call Her Ganda (PJ Raval, 2018).