Dr. Jake Newsome is an award-winning scholar of German and American LGBTQ+ history whose research and resources educate global audiences. His new book Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Cornell University Press) tells the dynamic and inspiring history of the LGBTQ+ community’s original pride symbol by tracing the transformation of the pink triangle from a Nazi concentration camp badge into a widespread emblem of queer liberation, pride, and community. The Lambda Literary Foundation recently named Pink Triangle Legacies as one of the most anticipated new LGBTQIA+ books of 2022 in the category of nonfiction.
Since earning his Ph.D. in history in 2016, Newsome has published in academic journals as well as popular outlets like the Washington Post, and has appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts, including Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. In addition to serving as a historical advisor for film projects, exhibits, and plays, Dr. Newsome has been invited by the French, UK, and US governments to speak about the important lessons that LGBTQ+ history has for all of us today. He now works as a museum professional in Washington, DC.
Jake’s work as a public historian is dedicated to making high quality scholarship accessible, engaging, and relevant to diverse audiences beyond the classroom. By shining light on the LGBTQ+ past, Jake seeks to guide learners through a study of history to develop an ethical sense of compassion and wrestle with the ideals and challenges of responsible citizenship.
Jake regularly speaks to audiences ranging from high school & college classes to community centers, corporations, & government agencies about the experiences of LGBTQ+ people during & after the Holocaust.
Jake conducts innovative research on queer German and American history using archival material and conducting original interviews. Additionally, he conducts community-based research on pedagogy and educational practices.
Through social media, podcasts, blog articles, and other outlets, Jake makes LGBTQ+ Holocaust history accessible to broad and diverse audiences. He also contributes to academic scholarship by publishing peer-reviewed research.
Committed to equipping educators and learners to explore the LGBTQ+ past, Jake creates new and compiles existing educational resources on the fate of LGBTQ+ people during and after the Holocaust.
Jake shares his expertise by consulting on a range of projects, including films, podcasts, exhibits, novels, plays, and social media campaigns.
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