‘The Queer Freedom Struggle’ at SMSU March 25

Published Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Kevin Leonard, a professor of history at Western Washington University, will give a talk, “The Queer Freedom Struggle: Before and After Stonewall” from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 in Charter Hall 201 on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

The focal point of the discussion is the Stonewall Riots, which occurred in June 1969. The riots were a series of spontaneous and violent acts by members of the gay community against police raids. These occurrences took place at the Stonewall Inn, in a neighborhood located in Manhattan, New York City.

The riots are most commonly recognized as being one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Leonard will discuss the LGBT struggles before and after the events at Stonewall.

The presentation is sponsored by The SMSU History Club; GLBTA; Philosophy Club; Veterans Club; and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.