Remembering Gay Liberation Pioneer Barbara Gittings

Irvine -- On our next Subversity show, we look back at five decades of activism of gay liberation pioneer Barbara Gittings, who died last Sunday at age 75 in Pennslyvania. She edited the lesbian publication, The Ladder, demonstrated for homosexual rights with homophiles in the 1960s (even in front of the White House), was featured in many early gay documentaries (including Before Stonewall), and became known for her activism in the Task Force on Gay Liberation in the American Library Association. Though not a librarian, she loved books and sought creative ways to infiltrate libraries with gay and lesbian literature at a time when gay people were considered sexual perverts.

The show host was honored to be on the same panel with her just three months ago at UCLA's library school. We bring you her talk at that session as she talked about how she managed to get gay literature into America's libraries and to wake up the U.S. library establishment.

She is survived by her longtime partner, Kay Tobin Lahusen

The show airs from 9-10 a.m. Monday February 26, 2007 on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, California, and on the web via

Photos of UCLA November 17, 20006 Library & Archive OUTreach symposium:

Philadelphia Gay News:
Pioneer Barbara Gittings dies

Bay Area Reporter:
Gay rights pioneer Barbara Gittings dies

The Washington Post:
Gay Rights Pioneer Barbara Gittings, 75
(from Bloomberg News)

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Daniel C. Tsang
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