Today, we’re highlighting two of the interesting artifacts in the LGBT collection at the James Branch Cabell Library.
The first is a copy of “Our Own Community Press,” Virginia’s major source of gay and lesbian news from 1976 to 1998. Starting as Norfolk’s Unitarian-Universalist Church newsletter, its circulation soon spread statewide. This January 1978 issue featured a piece on Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” campaign, titled, “Anita Comes to DC.”
According to an Anita Bryant Ministries fundraising letter, also found at the archives, Bryant stated, “I don’t hate the homosexuals! But as a mother, I must protect my children from their evil influence.”
Those words mobilized a fight on the other side, like never before, to fight gay oppression.
This month, VCU’S College of Humanities and Sciences is hosting a speakers series titled, “Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism” to commemorate the court decision that allowed for VCU’s first queer student organization to exist on campus. This Thursday, Dr. Marc Stein of San Francisco State University, will give the second lecture in the series [...]