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LGBTQ Resources at Buley: Home

A research/resource guide that highlights library material related to LGBTQ issues and literature


Some people would prefer that their reading and intellectual exploration on topics related to LGBTQ issues remain their own personal business.

Please know:  The library has no mechanism to keep track of what patrons access online and maintains no records of what has been checked out after it's been returned.

Historic Dates and Calendar Events

2017-18 Events and Festivals
GLAAD Media Awards (28th annual)
Saturday, May 6, 2017 (New York, NY)
Saturday , April 1, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA)
recognizes the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media 
April 21, 6:30-11:30 Anthony's Ocean View, New Haven
Gay Pride Month, June
During June there are many pride events all around the country to recognize the impact that LGBT people have had in communities everywhere.  June also commemorates the Stonewall riots which occurred in NYC at the end of the month in 1969.  On the first anniversary,  "Christopher Street Liberation Day" was held and included the first gay pride march -- from Greenwich Village to Central Park.  (Hartford and New Haven host festivals in September)
June 2-10, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
The nine-day Connecticut LGBT Film Festival has been presented annually in early June since 1988. This event, Connecticut’s longest-running film festival, holds a special place in our state’s cultural landscape, bringing the community together to introduce, celebrate and rediscover the ideas and values that make the LGBT community unique.
LAMBDA Literary Awards (29th annual awards ceremony)
Monday, June 12, 2017 (NYU, New York)
from the Awards website: "The Lamda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.  The Awards ceremony has consistently drawn an audience representing every facet of publishing."
July 5-August 18, Hartford, CT
Queer Academy is a summer program designed for queer and ally youth leaders, aged 15-20,  in the Greater Hartford area. This program will provide a range of activities designed to empower them as community leaders and social justice activists. 
Gay Games 10  August 4-12, 2018 (Paris, France)
From the Gay Games website: "The Gay Games are the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all...Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best, since 1982 the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship."
September 6-10
Hartford Capital City Pride will celebrate their third annual PrideFest that includes a week-long celebration of events in various locations throughout Hartford. The activities include music, a themed Pride party, a bar crawl, and much more!
LGBT History Month: October, 2017
First celebrated in 1994 and founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson, October was chosen since it was already the month of NCOD, established in 1988.
October 11, 2017


    The following timeline facts related to LGBTQ history were gleaned from Wikipedia and are not individually cited.  Many librarians (myself included) think of Wikipedia as a "curiosity satisfyer" and a good starting place for generating ideas for research papers--it is generally NOT considered an appropriate source for academic research. The Wikipedia Timeline begins in the prehistoric year 9660. For help following up on any of the topics mentioned here see a reference librarian or feel free to contact me (info on the right)
  • 1958 – The United States Supreme Court rules in favor of the First Amendment rights of a gay and lesbian magazine, marking the first time the United States Supreme Court had ruled on a case involving homosexuality.
  • 1964 – The first photograph of lesbians on the cover of lesbian magazine The Ladder was done in September 1964, showing two women from the back, on a beach looking out to sea.
  • 1966 – The first lesbian to appear on the cover of the lesbian magazine The Ladder with her face showing was Lilli Vincenz in January 1966.
  • 1967 A raid on the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles, California promotes homosexual rights activity. The Student Homophile League at Columbia University is the first institutionally recognized gay student group in the United States.
  • 1969 – The Stonewall riots occur in New York
  • 1970 – The first Gay Liberation Day March is held in New York City; The first LGBT Pride Parade is held in New York
  • 1973 – The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II)
  • 1974 – Kathy Kozachenko becomes the first openly gay American elected to public office when she wins a seat on the Ann Arbor, Michigan city council
  • 1975 ; Leonard Matlovich, a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force, becomes the first U.S. gay service member to purposely out himself to fight their ban;
  • 1977 – Harvey Milk is elected city-county supervisor in San Francisco, becoming the fifth out American elected to public office. 
  • 1978 – San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone are assassinated by former SupervisorDan White; 
  • 1980 – The United States Democratic Party becomes the first major political party in the U.S. to endorse a homosexual rights platform plank
  • 1982 – Laguna Beach, CA elects the first openly gay mayor in United States history;
  • 1983 – Massachusetts Representative Gerry Studds reveals he is gay on the floor of the House, becoming the first openly gay member of Congress;
  • 1984 – Berkeley, California becomes the first city in the U.S. to adopt a program of domestic partnership health benefits for city employees; West Hollywood, CA is founded and becomes the first known city to elect a city council where a majority of the members are openly gay or lesbian
  • 1985 –Actor Rock Hudson dies of AIDS. He is the first major public figure known to have died from an AIDS-related illness.
  • 1987 – AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power(ACT-UP) founded in the US in response to the US government’s slow response in dealing with the AIDS crisis.
  • 1988 -  National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. 
  • 1991 - The red ribbon is first used as a symbol of the campaign against HIV/AIDS. The first lesbian kiss on television occurred; it was on "L.A. Law" between the fictional characters of C.J. Lamb (played by Amanda Donohoe) and Abby (Michele Greene)
  • 1993 - Ban on gays serving openly in the military: ( Don't ask, don't tell, repealed 2010), Melissa Etheridge came out as a lesbian, The Triangle Ball was held; it was the first inaugural ball in America to ever be held in honor of gays and lesbians, Roberta Achtenberg became the first openly gay or lesbian person to be nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate when she was appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity by President Bill Clinton.
  • 1994 - Homosexuality no longer an illness: American Medical Association
  • 1995Rachel Maddow became the first openly gay or lesbian American to win an international Rhodes scholarship.
  • 1996 - Restriction of LGBT partnership rights: (DOMA)
  • 1998 - Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay or lesbian non-incumbent ever elected to Congress, and the first open lesbian ever elected to Congress, winning Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district seat over Josephine Musser, murder of Matthew Shepard
  • 2006Kim Coco Iwamoto became the first transgender official to win statewide office in Hawaii.
  • 2008 -  Same-sex marriage laws:p assed and came into effect: in California (May–Nov 2008) and Connecticut
  • 2010 - End to ban of gay people in the military passed,  Mary Albing became the first openly lesbian minister ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving the Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer on the south side of Minneapolis.[
  • 2011 - Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of California and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles became the first same-sex couple chosen to share the first kiss upon a U.S. Navy ship's return.
  • 2013Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly announce support for same-sex marriage on 9 May, Same Love, a hit single from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, became the first Top 40 song in the U.S. to promote and celebrate same-sex marriage, US Supreme court strikes down defense of marriage act
  • 2015 - United States Supreme court legalizes same sex marriage nation wide
  • 2016 - Deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history when 49 people were killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL  
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origianl 8 striped Rainbow, or Gay Pride flag

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CSCU Websites of interest


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Check out the links below to two great resources right here on campus!

LGBTQIA Prism Club

Prism is an undergraduate student club, that works toward educational awareness on the SCSU campus dealing with different sexualities. Members promote acceptance and fairness in campus policies and student attitudes, and above all they maintain a supportive network for one another. (paraphrased from the website)

The SAGE Center  (Sexual and Gender Equality)

The Sage Center aims to transform the university into a safe haven that provides a positive academic, cultural and social environment for all people of sexual diversity including students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and university guests. (paraphrased from the website)

GLBTQ Digital Archives at CCSU This collection includes selected digitized materials from the GLBTQ Archives at CCSU. Materials include videotaped oral history interviews as well as items associated with the Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.