Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Reproductive Freedom

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 23, 2020

Access to Abortions at City Hospital On August 16, 1974, when a St. Louis City resident (“Jane Doe”) had complicated health problems, doctors at the public City Hospital No. 1 told her to obtain a medical abortion elsewhere before returning for a needed hysterectomy. This required her to undergo ...

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ACLU-MO History Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Equity

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 8, 2020

LGBTQ+ Equity In 1972, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri’s new executive director, Joyce Armstrong, prioritized building relationships with local gay and lesbian groups. She spoke to the Mandrake Society, St. Louis’ first gay rights or “homophile” organization, and coordinated with leaders at the gay-...

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Holobaugh in History

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 2, 2020

What’s in a Name? At Washington University in St. Louis, a yearly ceremony honors “students, staff and faculty, and St. Louis community members who live and lead authentically and perform direct advocacy and service to LGBTQIA* communities.” This award is named the Holobaugh Hon...

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Love is Love in the Library

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 14, 2020

The exhibit It’s Complicated: Documents of Love features items related to love drawn from the Department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.

From love letters and poetry, to romantic comics, dance cards, and heartbreak, many stories and relationships are highlighted -- i...

Marching with Pride

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 21, 2019

In honor of #Stonewall50, Pride month, and to help add facts to the conversation in St. Louis, check out this online timeline local Pride of milestones. 

The Life and Mystery of Poet Elizabeth Jennings

By Analeah Rosen on April 2, 2019

Poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926 – 2001) led an extraordinary life: the only woman to join the Movement (an English group of poets dedicated to an anti-romantic aesthetic); publisher of twenty-six books of poetry in her lifetime; colloquially known in her later life as the bag-lady of poetry due to ...

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Spanish and Latin American LGTBI authors and topics

By Daria Carson-Dussan on March 13, 2019

Two Spanish Publishers, Dos Bigotes and Editorial Egales, specialize in Spanish and Latin American LGTBI authors and topics yet Dos Bigotes does state ‘we believe that good literature is of interest to all types of readers, beyond issues of gender and sexual identity.”  Peruse some of their...

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, The Griot Museum of Black History is hosting a series of events Saturday February 9, 2019.   As part of The Griot’s observance of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Erise Williams and De Nichols will come together to discuss their mir...

LGBTQ history and Black History Month

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

The Zebra Lounge is one of  800+ locations connected to LGBTQ history that are documented online in  Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis.  In the 1980s the popular gay men’s bar advertised with a motto “a beautiful blend of Black and White.” This was more than a clever advertising play on t...