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Rochester’s Rich History: The Rochester Gay Liberation Front
May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
By the mid-1970s gays and lesbians had formed over a thousand affiliated organizations throughout the country. These new organizations exerted pressure on state legislatures, city councils, schools, the media, churches, and countless professional organizations.
The Rochester Gay Liberation Front, located at the University of Rochester campus, was part of this national process of demanding gay and lesbian rights. Among their many achievements, the GLF created a newspaper we still know today as The Empty Closet. These local activists brought into existence, in just three short years, a separate, cohesive gay and lesbian community.
This is their story, The Rochester Gay Liberation Front.
Timothy D. Judd is an experienced history teacher and educator, writer and researcher of Gay and Lesbian History and the Countercultural movements of the 1960s, with a focus on the Rochester Gay Liberation Front. B.S. in History from SUNY Brockport, M.S. in International Studies from St. John Fisher College.
This program is offered in conjunction with the Stonewall: 50 Years Out exhibit, on view at the Central Library through July 20. Sponsored in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.