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October 20 - December 19, 2008


Cover of a 1978 issue of Gay In

Cover of a 1978 issue of Gay-In


From the Margins to the Mainstream: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Culture and History, 1969-2008

Dodd Research Center Gallery
Curator: Valerie Love

The past 40 years have seen tremendous change in the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and in their visibility in American culture. The Compton’s Cafeteria Riots in 1966 in San Francisco and the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969 marked the beginning of a new era in the recognition of differences in sexual orientation.

“Out of the closet and into the streets!” became a familiar rallying cry of the gay liberation movement of the 1970s, as gay men and lesbians fought for greater acceptance and equal rights and launched their own newspapers--Christopher Street, Gay Sunshine, The Body Politic, and others--to counteract their invisibility in the mainstream media. Transgender, transsexual, and bisexual communities also created their own publications and fought for recognition and acceptance.

The initiation of gay and lesbian studies as an academic discipline, and the development of queer theory in the early 1990s, focused increased attention on the scholarly study of LGBTQ history and culture. These events have brought both progress and backlash as the LGBTQ community, more visible than ever, continues to struggle for genuine equality in American society.

This exhibit features historical materials from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center’s Alternative Press Collection, the Foster Gunnison, Jr. Papers, and the University Archives, as well as examples of contemporary queer popular culture.

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