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Summer 2019 Calendar

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As the 50th anniversary of Stonewall is commemorated across the globe, join the Project this summer at a series of presentations to explore how the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ has responded to national events.

Saturday, June 1

Trailnet Bike Tour

St. Louis County Library (Florissant Valley)

Sunday, June 9

Missouri History Museum

Thursday, June 20

Kirkwood Public Library Teen Program

Saturday, June 22

St. Louis Public Library (Schlafly)

Renegade Queer STL History Tour

Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, June 30

St. Louis PrideFest (north side of Solider's Memorial)

Saturday, July 24

St. Louis County Library (Lewis and Clark)

Tuesday, August 20

Hamburger Mary's Bingo

2019 Anniversary Series: 1979 WU Gay Pride Weekend

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Beyond Stonewall: St. Louis' LGBTQIA+ History

1979 Gay Pride Weekend at Washington University

April 18, 2019: As the 50th anniversary of Stonewall is being commemorated, the Project is focusing on local anniversaries of historically significant events that have framed St. Louis vibrant LGBTQIA+ history.

April 20 marks the 40th anniversary of Washington University's 1979 Gay Pride Weekend. This was one of several events, including the 1979 March on Washington that occured later that year, that led to St. Louis hosting its first official Pride events in April 1980.

Project contributor Jim Andris has researched and documented the 1979 events at Washington University. Take a moment to learn about this St. Louis LGBTQIA+ historical milestone. Stay tuned for future 2019 anniversary year commemorations and features.

Link to Andris article and research.


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PrideSpeak Feature

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By Steven Louis Brawley

February 24, 2019: The Project is honored to be featured by PrideSpeak, a new photojournalism project on Facebook capturing LGBTQ stories from across the nation.

Milestones to Remember in 2019

By Steven Louis Brawley
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February 21, 2019: Throughout 2019, the Project will be acknowledging a series of important milestones in local LGBTQIA+ history. Here is our current inventory of anniversaries. Please let us know of any others. Stay tuned for some exciting news about the various regional events that will be taking place to commemorate these milestones.

50th Anniversary of:

  • Founding of the Mandrake Society
  • St. Louis' Stonewall – Halloween Night Arrests
  • Opening of Left Bank Books
  • Death of Robert Rayford

40th Anniversary of:

  • Founding of Growing American Youth
  • 1979 March on Washington (St. Louis participation)
  • Washington University's Pride event
  • Planning for St. Louis' first Pride events and first Soulard Mardi Gras events
  • Firebombing of Mor or Les bar
  • Premiere of "Gay Talk" program on KADI radio

30th Anniversary of:

  • Crowning of St. Louisan Roger Platt (Vicki Vincent) as Miss Gay America
  • Premieres of KDHX FM Radio's "Coming Out of Hiding" Program and KRJY FM Radio's "Lambada Reports" Program
  • Premiere of "Some of My Best Friends Are" by Joan Lipkin, the first known piece of gay and lesbian theatre performed in St. Louis

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