Birds of a Feather – a 1970s legal history project

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of LGBT law student activism that began in 1972 – first in Los Angeles, then in San Francisco, Madison, and Buffalo, Spectrum Institute is producing a series of videos, a memory book, and two webinars. 

The 1972 Gay Pride march in Los Angeles. (ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives)

The LGBT student group at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles is hosting a series of events during the week of October 17, 2022.  This includes an alumni panel discussion online on October 18 and a student/lawyer mixer at Zebulon in Los Angeles on October 20.

The Seventies: A Breakthrough Decade for LGBT Rights

This memory book honours the LGBT law students and lawyers who advocated for justice and equal rights in the 1970s and whose accomplishments propelled many social and legal reforms we enjoy today. The book begins with a historical account of the oppressive and homophobic policies and practices that permeated American society in the decades preceding the 1970s. A part of the book consists of biographies of more than 120 pioneering law students and lawyers who openly advocated for LGBT rights in the 1970s, many of whom continued their activism in the 1980s, 1990s, and beyond.

More information about these events is available on their website.

The book can be purchased here

 

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