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GLBT History Lesson Marks Grand Opening of GCCR Classroom

GayRVA Staff | September 1, 2009

From the Gay Community Center of Richmond:

GCCRBeth Marschak, historian, author and co-founder of the Richmond Lesbian Feminists will discuss Lesbian and Gay history in Richmond at the grand opening of our new classroom on September 13th. Marschak is one of the authors of the book “Lesbian and Gay Richmond, Virginia (Images of America Series)” along with Alex Lorch. The history of LGBT people in Richmond begins with the first recorded sodomy prosecution in America in 1624 and continues to our present struggle to achieve employment non-discrimination and repeal the marriage amendment.

Beth and her coauthor have compiled a photographic showcase of the events, people, and places that have been a part of this history. Their book contains snapshots from the 1920s and 1930s when avant-garde and gay authors caroused and shared ideas in private homes, previously untold stories from the post-World War II era tell of the rise of the gay cafés in Richmond and the subsequent attempts by the authorities to shut their doors. The attempts to close these bars led to the first public protests in the late 1960s. Beth will discuss the earliest gay organizations in Richmond and early protests and pride festivals.

Beth will be speaking on Sunday, September 13th at 5:00 PM in GCCR’s new classroom facility, and will also be the grand opening of our classroom. Refreshments will be served.  Space is limited.  To reserve your space, please call Ciindy Bray at 804.622.4646, ext. 22, or e-mail volunteer@gayrichmond.com.