A Brief History of Connecticut's LGBTQ Community


LGBTQ Timeline

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Historic Timeline of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community

Throughout its history, Connecticut’s LGBTQ population has moved from leading hidden, solitary lives to claiming visible, powerful, valuable, and contributing places in society. This timeline explores the history of that experience: stories of oppression and resilience, tragedy and triumph. This project (a digital timeline and traveling exhibit) is a partnership with Central Connecticut State University and the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. The timeline was based upon the work of Richard Nelson. It was further developed by CCSU 403 students and will continue to grow. Learn more about the traveling exhibit.





Please help us continue to develop and evolve this living timeline!

LGBTQ Timeline Entry Submission

  • Name
  • Email
  • Entry Title
  • Timeline Category
  • Please include date/year if possible

Project partners:

Central Connecticut State University HIST 403 class, “Exploring GLBTQ Archives”
Professor William J. Mann
Anna Fossi
Eve Galanis
Ria Amerson
Joshua Bouchard
Kacie Brennan
Lauren Cavaliero
Sara Conlon
Chelsea DiNeno
Michelle Gil
Jayme Hebert
Elizabeth Klopp
Daniel MacNeil
Kevin Milewski
Carrie Mott
Nicholas Palomba
Katherine Samuels
Victoria Troche
Christina Volpe
Connecticut Museum of Culture and History
Ilene Frank, Chief Curator/Chief Operating Officer
Andrea Rapacz, Director of Exhibitions & Collections
Ben Gammell, Exhibit Developer
With special thanks to Richard Nelson, whose timeline of Connecticut LGBTQ history provided a basis for the students’ research.
The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History 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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