Peter Boag earned his B.A. at the University of Portland (1983), his Ph.D. in history at the University of Oregon (1988), and has taught as a professor at Idaho State University (1989-2002) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (2002-2009). Since 2009 he has held the Columbia Chair in the History of the American West at Washington State University (Pullman and Vancouver). Professor Boag has written and published on the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest and the American West.
Gay and lesbian rights movement
Before Stonewall Before New York’s Stonewall Riots in 1969, the history of gay rights in Oregon, as in the United States generally, was one of curtailment. For example, in the nineteenth century when Oregon formed as a territory and then a state, lawmakers adopted a statute criminalizing sodomy, whether consensual or not. In response …
Portland Vice Scandal (1912-1913)
On November 8, 1912, Portland police arrested nineteen-year-old Benjamin Trout for a minor offense. In the course of his interrogation, the man revealed what were considered sensational details about local homosexual activity and gathering places, a component of the city that most people knew nothing about. Portland was not unusual in …