Anne Balay is a writer, an activist and a professor. Her 2014 book, “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” won the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award and the National Women's Studies Association Sarah A. Whaley Book Award. In 2018 she published “Semi Queer: Inside the Lives of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers.” Balay's work, which is based on oral history and participant observation, bridges the worlds of academic queer studies and blue-collar work. She has taught at Haverford College, Temple University, Indiana University Northwest and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ken Lustbader is a co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first cultural heritage initiative and educational resource to document historic sites connected to the New York City LGBT community. For more than 25 years, he has been among the nation’s pioneers in recognizing, documenting and preserving LGBT history. His preservation experience includes working as a program officer at the J.M. Kaplan Fund and as a consultant to numerous nonprofit preservation organizations, including a fund that advocated for the conservation of in situ elements of the World Trade Center, which are now integral to the national 9/11 Memorial Museum.