LGBTQ Activism

This chapter documents the LGBTQ Rights Movement from the Stonewall riots in 1969, which were instrumental in mobilizing gay activist groups, through the empowering 1970s which saw the first openly gay public official elected to office and the blockage of California’s Proposition 6 which would have banned homosexuals from teaching in public schools, to the sobering 1980s and the AIDs epidemic, which increased stigma and discrimination for LGBTQ groups. The 1990s and 2000s included both achievements and setbacks, establishing safe spaces but also seeing bans from military duty. In 2015, a landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, declared gay marriage a constitutional right. Collections represented in this exhibit include:
Caesar’s Showbar Collection, 1980-2012
David’s House Compassion Records, 1987-2004
Gay Student Organization Files, not dated
Spectrum Student Organization Files, not dated
Jan Waggoner Suter Papers, 1954-1985
Toledo Area Gay and Lesbian Alliance Newsletter, 1983-2019
Toledo Lucas County Health Department Collection, 1990-2005
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Abstract/Description: This chapter documents the LGBTQ Rights Movement from the Stonewall riots in 1969, which were instrumental in mobilizing gay activist groups, through the empowering 1970s which saw the first openly gay public official elected to office and the blockage of California’s Proposition 6 which would have banned homosexuals from teaching in public schools, to the sobering 1980s and the AIDs epidemic, which increased stigma and discrimination for LGBTQ groups. The 1990s and 2000s included both achievements and setbacks, establishing safe spaces but also seeing bans from military duty. In 2015, a landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, declared gay marriage a constitutional right. Collections represented in this exhibit include:

Caesar’s Showbar Collection, 1980-2012
David’s House Compassion Records, 1987-2004
Gay Student Organization Files, not dated
Spectrum Student Organization Files, not dated
Jan Waggoner Suter Papers, 1954-1985
Toledo Area Gay and Lesbian Alliance Newsletter, 1983-2019
Toledo Lucas County Health Department Collection, 1990-2005

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University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio, United States