Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The spark that lit the flame of the modern movement of LGBT liberation came in June of 1969, when a police raid on a gay bar in New York was met with sudden, violent, public opposition. Following an era of staunch conformity and fear, 60s counterculture allowed for the oppressed to fight back, and Pride has been a national topic ever since. The years following this event have seen a massive change in the way that America handles LGBT issues, from legality, to marriage, and mental health, and there is still a long way left to go. Dr. Gary Bailey, Professor of Practice at Simmons College School of Social Work, will outline the last 50 years of LGBT history. Following the presentation, a panel discussion with Lexington residents from a variety of age groups will share LGBT coming-of-age experiences within the different eras of a fast-changing world. Co-sponsored with LexPride and Greater Boston PFLAG.