The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement

In celebration of LGBT History Month and in partnership with the UCR LGBT Resource Center, the UCR Library will launch its new exhibition program with a poster display entitled The History of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement. Created by the ONE Archives Foundation located in West Hollywood, California the material "explores the incredibly inspiring journey of the LGBTQ Civil Rights movement" beginning in the 1940s. Accompanying the exhibit are books and scholarly work from UCR faculty in the area of LGBT Studies, and other related volumes from the UCR Library collection.

From the start of "gayborhoods," to the Lavender Scare, the Stonewall Riots, the national pride movement, and the AIDS crisis, The History of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement exhibition complements UCR's own history in supporting the LGBT community. In 1993, UCR was the first campus in the state of California to open a professionally-staffed LGBT resource center and, in 1996, the first to offer an LGBT studies minor. We are proud to be the first public university in the nation to offer gender-inclusive housing, to co-found T*Camp — the first intercampus retreat in the nation for trans/genderqueer and gender questioning college students, and to found the BlaqOUT Conference — the first college conference in the nation serving Black/African American students and students of African descent who identify on the LGBT spectrum.

The History of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement exhibition will open on October 12, 2015 in Rivera Library on the University of California, Riverside campus. For more information, please contact Sara Fitzgerald, Communications Stewardship Director for the UCR Library. *