The Long Road Toward LGBTQ+ Rights and Equality in the United States


Dr. Kelly Marino, Sacred Heart University

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In the 16th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “A Rocky Road: The Struggle for Rights in America.” During this program, Kelly Marino, Lecturer in History at Sacred Heart University, will discuss the history of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States beginning in the mid-20th century. In her presentation, she will consider the transition from the homophile campaign to the gay liberation movement. She will talk about interconnections with other social and political campaigns in the 1960s and 70s, the activism and ideology of the movement, the culture of the Sexual Revolution, and the influence of key events such as Stonewall. Her discussion will help to provide context for current events making headlines today.

Dr. Kelly Marino, PhD, is a Lecturer in the History Department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University and Program Director of Women’s Studies. She received her Ph.D. in History from Binghamton University (SUNY) and MA in History from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Marino is a Connecticut native. She is passionate about state and local history as well as women’s history and the history of sexuality. Her research focuses on social and political movements, 20th-century American history, and Gilded Age/Progressive Era America. She writes about reform, minority struggles and activism, and is especially interested in issues of age, education, gender, and sexuality. She is currently working on a book project about advances in women’s higher education and the women’s rights movement in 20th-century America.

Reception following the talk. No charge but a $10 suggested donation is always welcomed. Click here to donate. This lecture sponsored by Virginia and Tom Gunther. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.

Registration required. Please register for each lecture individually. To register for this session please click the Sign Up button or call 203-762-6334. This lecture will be held at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT.