The List History

  • 1995

    Frustrated by a lack of community infrastructure, Hannah Doress begins emailing a compiled list of events and activist missives to her network of friends.This email list grows larger and becomes an email events newsletter named “Hannah’s List” under Hanarchy Now Productions

  • 1996

    Hannah incorporates volunteer editors and writers including Jody Sperber, Lisa Gay, Jen Langley and Eve Alpern.

    Hannah’s List begins publishing three weekly editions (classifieds, housing, events)

  • 1999-2000

    Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library archives Hanarchy Now Production’s materials.

    Hannah moves to California. She creates a transition team that includes Eve Alpern and Kristen Porter, along with Amatul Hannan, Gail Burton and Michelle Oshima.

    Hannah received award for Transgender Inclusion in the List and events.

  • 2012

    Transition committee maintains list publication under Executive Publisher Eve Alpern and longtime publisher Jen Langley. “Hannah’s List” name becomes “The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda”. A new logo and website are launched. Guest contributors write featured missives.

    Kristen Porter/Dyke Night® Productions produces an epic fundraiser to pay The List’s expenses, sets up a fiscal sponsorship for The List, and personally assumes ongoing financial responsibility for annual expenses.

  • 2013

    Longtime publishers Jen Langley and Eve Alpern retire.
    Working with Hannah Doress, they execute the plan to transition owners of The List to Kristen Porter /Dyke Night® Productions.

  • 2014

    The List 2.0

    Kristen Porter brings on a new team of volunteers and created a website for The List. A survey was created and sent to all subscribers.

    Based upon survey respondent comments, The List undergoes major changes including:

    • Moving from a text-only eblast to a graphic enewsletter.  
    • Resurrecting the former Classifieds List monthly
    • Resurrecting the former Housing List monthly
    • Sending our Events Lists weekly
    • Free event submission was added to Dyke Night’s smart phone app 
    • New website launched with Google calendar of events updated weekly
    • Mandatory Accessibility section added to Events submissions
    • The List creates sponsor options to help cover the costs

  • 2015-2016

    New volunteers join the team.
    New Facebook Page with daily posts.

    GoFundMe page helps raise costs to keep List free for members.

  • 2017

    The List 3.0
    Lindsey Senior Publisher

    Three different surveys (one specific to each List; Events, Housing, Classifieds) were created and sent to subscribers to provide input into The List 3.0.  

    Respondents identified as 43% lesbian, 43% queer, 20% bisexual, 11% gay, 5% pansexual; 76% female, 16% non-binary, 7% male, 5% FTM, 2% MTF; age the majority (57%) 20s and 30s, 30% in 40s and 50s, 10% 60s or older, 1% under 21; length as a subscriber 30% had been subscribing for 1-3 years, although 19% were subscribers for 10+ years. 

    An 8-page report of findings was disseminated to subscribers. Feedback from those surveys resulted in:

    • Continuing all three lists but merging Classifieds and Housing
    • Keeping the list FREE to subscribe and submit listings (78% reported they had never made a contribution with 1% reporting they contribute annually).
    • Adding age restrictions to event submissions so subscribers were aware what events included all ages and those under 21.
    • Collapsed weekly and reoccurring Events into links instead of full text. 
    • Creation of a queer directory which provided pages of links to Meet up groups and other resources that was linked in each Events eblast.

  • 2018

  • 2020

    Pandemic closings flood the Events List and virtual online events replace in person events.  

    • The Events List drops down to biweekly and then monthly by Fall.
    • Google calendar is retired

    Survey on Facebook use sent to subscribers. 

    The List onboards 23+ organizations/agencies/community leaders as Editors of The List Facebook page.

    The List Eblasts close at the end of 2020.

  • 2021

    The List Facebook page is curated by 23+ agencies, organizations, and community leaders

    Archiving The List via digital timeline and with The History Project is ongoing. If you have materials or photos from the 30 years of The List, please send to