51 Years OUT
The 2020-2021 academic year marks 50 years since the Lawrence Gay Liberation Front (LGLF) in Lawrence, KS initiated litigation to be fully recognized as a student organization at the University of Kansas. Their legacy extended beyond the boundaries of the KU campus, creating a safe(r) haven for LGBTQ+ people around the state and across the Midwest to come together in community. Organized by Kathy Rose-Mockry, Director Emerita of the Emily Taylor Center (and co-sponsored by a number of different campus and community groups, including the Watkins Museum of History and the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity), 50 Years Out! celebrates the monumental achievements of the LGLF, and continues that legacy by sponsoring a series of programs and events which center the past, take stock of the present, and look towards the future.
The original program was set to be included as a part of a large programming schedule for LGBTQ+ History Month in October 2020. The planning team has had to make the tough decision to postpone the program until October 2021. The planning team believes that postponing this event helps to ensure the safety of our campus and community, and allows us to plan for a festive program that honors the legacy of this historic group. Please continue to check back here for an updated list of programs and events for our 51 Years OUT celebration.
Check back in Summer 2021 to check out the preliminary program.