News clippings, journal articles, pamphlets, flyers, printed materials from activist organizations, photographs, a videocassette
and a DVD relating to pioneering lesbian activists Barbara Gittings and her partner of 46 years, Kay Tobin Lahusen. Active
from the 1960s, Gittings marched in the first gay rights demonstrations at the White House, Pentagon and Independence Hall;
she worked with Frank Kameny to persuade the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental
disorders; and she headed the Gay Task Force of the American Library Association from 1971 to 1986. The collection contains
articles by and about Gittings and Lahusen; subject files covering a variety of topics, such as religion, mental health and
education; and printed material from several activist organizations, including the Gay Task Force of the ALA, the Homophile
Action League, the Mattachine Society, the Gay Activist Alliance and the National Gay Task Force.
Barbara Gittings was born on July 31, 1932, in Vienna, Austria, where her father was stationed as a United States diplomat.
Returning to the U.S., the family eventually settled in Wilmington, Delaware. She entered Northwestern University and soon
came out as a lesbian. She left Northwestern after her freshman year, settled in Philadelphia and supported herself with clerical
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