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Discover the GLBTQ Archives at Burritt Library

Check out the Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Collection
The library has been working steadily on digitizing our GLBTQ Archives. You can view the digital collection which contains past years of the CT Gay and Lesbian Film Festival materials including posters, photos, and trailers of the films!  The 2011 festival begins May 26th and runs until June 4th.  For more information on the festival and showtimes, please visit

Also available in the collection are interviews with some of Connecticut’s prominent activists in gay and lesbian rights.  All films and interviews are part of our Gender Equity Collection in the Special Collections section of the library.  Please check back, we are adding new material all the time!

Since Stonewall Exhibit

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception



Thursday, June 4, 2009

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elihu Burritt Library, Special Collections

Central Connecticut State University

There will be a lecture by Elizabeth Kaminski (CCSU Sociology) and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by May 29, 2009 to:

Frank Gagliardi


This June will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 members of the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. This time, unlike previous raids, the gay community fought back. Rioting broke out and continued for five days ending on July 2nd.

The New York Times thought so little of the raid they buried the story on page 33 the following day. Probably no one realized at the time that this event would become the iconic symbol of the gay civil rights movement. This uprising marked the beginning, as the Advocate stated, “of a movement to decriminalize, demedicalize, and devillainize us ( i.e., gays and lesbians).”

To mark this anniversary, materials will be on display during the month of June, from Burritt Library’s extensive collection of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender books, newsletters, periodicals, ephemera and archives.