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LGBTQ civil rights exploration continues in April

Posted 03/15/18

Journey to EqualityFitchburg State University’s Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library is sponsoring a series of programs this spring that explore gender and equality.  Journey to Equality: The LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement will provide timely, relevant and engaging LGBTQ programming to the campus and North Central Massachusetts. All events are free and open to the public. 

This series is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In April, the series continues with a talk by Fitchburg State Professor Katherine Rye Jewell entitled “Journey to Equality: The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement.” The talk will be given at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. Using a historical and political lens, Jewell will discuss pinnacle moments of the LGBTQ civil rights movement that helped secure basic rights while highlighting the work still needed to achieve true equality for the LGBTQ community. Jewell is the author of Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Southern Conservatism in the Twentieth Century. A specialist in American political history, she is currently writing a book on the history of college radio that examines regulation and the politics of the culture wars. 

The events return to the Fitchburg State campus for a queer poetry reading and open mic night at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall. Four featured poets will read original and seminal LGBTQ poetry. Those attending are welcome to read their original or favorite queer poem. Featured poets will include Hannah Larrabee, Rage Hezekiah, Jade Sylan and Hannah Baker-Siroty. The event is co-sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance at Fitchburg State.

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