Posted May 20, 2019
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
Sunday, June 9
Thursday, June 20
Saturday, June 22
Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, June 30
Saturday, July 24
Tuesday, August 20
By Steven Louis Brawley
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.
By Steven Louis Brawley
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