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2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York which kickstarted the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement in the United States.

Join Dr. Lillian Faderman for a lecture and discussion of the history of the struggle for LGBTQ rights in the U.S.  Throughout the history of the US., the societal forces of law, religion, the professions, and customs caused unspeakable oppression to LGBTQ people and their rights. LGBTQ were classified as criminals, people who were mentally ill, depraved sinners, and deserving of irrational hatred.

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How did LGBTQ people develop a culture of resistance to confront and survive such brutality? Who were the brave activists and unsung common folk who fought back and paved the way for the revolutionary changes of the post-Stonewall era?  What is the state of the current struggles for equality?

Professor Faderman is the curator of the current exhibit LGBTQ + San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs at the San Diego History Center, the first-ever LGBTQ exhibit in Balboa Park and one of the first major LGBTQ exhibits in the country. The exhibit is scheduled to run from July 2018 to January 2020.

Professor Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian and LGBTQ history and literature” , as well as ethnic history and literature. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship. Dr. Faderman's work has been translated into numerous languages including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Turkish. She is the author of the New York Times Notable Books, Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the PresentOdd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, and The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. Her latest book Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death is being hailed as an elegantly written, well-researched and compelling account of the first openly gay person elected to public office in the United States. 

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Parking is underground and free with 2-hour validation. The Central Library is one block from the Park & Market stop on the Trolley Blue and Orange lines.  Bus routes 11 stops right in front of the library.