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LA: Coming Out West: The Real Story Behind the Birth of the Modern LGBT Liberation Movement
Rare Opportunity! Tour the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries followed by a discussion with pioneers of the early Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement

Cost: $5 (cash or check at the door, includes intercollegiate wine reception); Free Parking;
attendees are also encouraged to make a donation at the door to the ONE Archives Foundation
Please RSVP: Using the form to the right, indicate School(s) and Degree Year(s) under "Organization"

Historians often call Los Angeles the cradle of the American gay movement. In 1950, years before anywhere else in the country, Los Angeles gave birth to the first gay organization in the United States, the Mattachine Society, and continued to lead the charge towards national gay liberation with the publishing of ONE Magazine. On June 28, 1969, the “Big Bang” occurred in New York City with the Stonewall Rebellion – three days and nights of rioting, when gay people, for the first time, militantly fought back against their oppression. Stonewall’s ripples went out over the entire country, pressing forward the history-changing Gay Liberation Movement.

Honoring the need to preserve this history, please join us for a tour of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest LGBTQ archive in the world. The tour will be followed by a discussion of pre-Stonewall Los Angeles activism with Jeanne Cordova and Troy Perry - two LGBT pioneers who were in the middle of it all. This can't miss event will be moderated by USC Professor of Gender Studies Christopher Freeman. The University of Chicago LGBT Alumni Network will host a reception after this intercollegiate event.

Where: 909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007
When: Saturday, July 12th; 4pm – 6pm (Tour starts promptly at 4pm)
Parking: Free

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Featured speakers
Jeanne Córdova has devoted her life to LGBT activism. She began 43 years ago as the Los Angeles-chapter President of the Daughters of Bilitis – the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States. She also served as editor of The Lesbian Tide – the first national lesbian newspaper. Today, she continues her tireless work as chair of the national lesbian conference, “Butch Voices L.A.”

Rev. Troy Perry has been an international leader in LGBT civil rights and the quest for marriage equality for the last 45 years. In 1968, he founded the Metropolitan Community Church and performed the first public same-sex wedding in the United States the following year. On June 28, 1970, Perry co-founded Christopher Street West in order to create the first-ever annual Pride Parade.

Event Contact
Stephen Tapert AM'02

Staff Liaison
Eric Hornik


Event Information
Saturday, Jul 12 2014 at 4:00pm - 6:00pm [ iCal ]
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States of America
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Look Who's Coming:
Judith Branzberg
Andreas Andrea
Georgetown 2003
Nicholas Austin
OUT@SPE / Sony Pictures Ent.
Lynn Ballen
Bill Bednarz
guest of Stephen Tapert
Ken Bennett
Heather Carmichael
University of California, Berkeley
Christopher Coleman
The OUT Agenda (Radio prog at KPFK)
Jeanne Cordova
Jessica Davies
Huntington Library
Gregorio Davila
Guest of Rev. Troy Perry
Spencer Downing
UChicago AB 90
Mike Eber
Kirk Frederick
Kate Fultz Hollis
UChicago AB'82
Leigh Garner
Andrew Garside
Guest of Danny Rosa
James Gilliam
Rita Gonzales
Doug Greco
Joe Hankins
UChicago, PhD'09
David Hensley
Gordon Hollis
UChicago AM'73
Alejandro Huerta
Stanford '02
Helen Irwin
David Kane
Seth Katz
Stanford AB 74 Berkeley JD 81
William Koelsch
University of Chicago
Michael Laughlin
Michael Mahern
B.A. 72, M.B.A. 73
Myron Meisel
University of Chicago
Tracy Moore
Marcos Najera
Center Theatre Group
Damon Northrop
Mario J Novoa
Film Bliss Studios
Jenny Pizer
Troy Radar
Mark Reinecke
UChicago, AM'81
Mike Resnick
Danny Rosa
UChicago, AB'13
Amy Ryan
UChicago AB'72
Margaret Smith
Stephen Tapert
UChicago, AM'02
Eric Thomsen
Olaf Thomsen
McNally Smith College of Music
Dick Wagner
Desiree Washingnton
Washington Law Firm
Carolyn Weathers
Dr. William Weddington
guest of Mark Reinecke
Del Whan
Greg Williams
Doreena Wong
... a total of 52 guests.