• Kalos Society, 1980s, Richard Nelson Collection, GLBTQ Archives, Central Connecticut State University

  • Metroline cover, 1991, Vol. 14 No. 9, GLBTQ Archives, Central Connecticut State University

  • Kiss-in at Central Connecticut State University, Metroline, October 1990, GLBTQ Archives, Central Connecticut State University

  • Matchbook from Nick’s Café, Hartford, CT. CHS collection, gift of Lynn Ferrari, 2018.8.1.42.

A Brief History of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community: A Traveling Exhibit and Digital Timeline


Developed by the Connecticut Historical Society in partnership with Central Connecticut State University, this traveling exhibit consists of eight pop-up banners. The exhibit explores the idea of the LGBTQ community becoming a community, finding its voice, moving from invisibility to visibility, and moving from an underground existence to a claimed communal identity. The banners will be on view at the following locations (additional exhibit venues will be added here):

April 2019: Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University

May 31-June 8, 2019: Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival at Cinestudio, Trinity College

June 13-August 3, 2019: Connecticut Historical Society

Coming soon! A digital timeline will include additional stories from Connecticut’s LGBTQ history.

The Connecticut Historical Society is grateful to this project’s donors. Special thanks to our project sponsors below:

Duff Ashmead & Eric Ort
Louis Lista & Paul DeVeau
Dan Sullivan & Rob Biddleman




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