Did you know that long before there was a national movement toward marriage equality, a lesbian couple from Dayton tried to get married – in 1974? Or, that a LGBTQ protest about publishing standards led to the ouster of a local newspaper editor? Or that a women’s music collaborative existed in Dayton?

These and many other aspects of LGBTQ life in Dayton are remembered in a display at the downtown branch of the Dayton Metro Library. The display, marking LGBTQ History Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, is accompanied by explanations around the significance of the memorabilia. Subjects covered include military service, women’s music collaborative, local bars and clubs, and the impact of HIV/AIDS. The display will be up until November 11 before being archived at Wright State University.

The display and LGBTQ History Month will culminate in a recognition event on Oct. 24 to honor pivotal people, places and events in local history for the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ History Recognition
Thursday, October 24
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Brightside Music & Events Center
905 E. Third, St. - Dayton

Honorees Include: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

“LGBTQ history didn’t just happen in the major cities like New York and San Francisco,” said Jerry Mallicoat, LGBTQ Health Initiatives Manager at Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. Mallicoat helped create the display as part of a community group including the LGBTQ Health Alliance, Dayton Metro Library, the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton and PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

“Daytonians contributed a lot locally, from starting the first women’s music and writing group to being in the forefront of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Mallicoat.

Many of the issues the group has been working on focus on improving the social determinants of health, such as employment and housing issues which influence the ability for people to live healthy lives.

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