Professor lectures over history of L.G.B.T.Q community in OKC


Cali G. Lindsay

Volunteer Reporter —

Professor Aaron Bachhofer, Ph.D. gave a lecture on the history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Queer subculture in Oklahoma City from 1945 to present on Oct. 1 at RSC.

“This is an exciting time for LGB students,” Bachhofer said. “The political and economic advances are moving at warp speed to equality; something I thought would take decades.”

LGBTQ mercenaries are making amazing strides towards equality, Bachhofer said. There is a petition against SQ 711, an amendment banning same-sex marriage, reaching the Supreme Court this year.

 

Bachhofer said there are many organizations such as the Oklahoma Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, Oklahoma City Aids Walk and SISU Youth. SISU Youth is a place dedicated to provide resources to displaced youth due to sexual orientation.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 20 percent of homeless youth are LGBT. Homelessness increases the likelihood of becoming a victim of sexual abuse.

Although there is discrimination, it is not nearly as violent or intense as it was a decade or two ago and the media has accelerated the spread of stories, Bachhofer said.

He said his friends experiences inspired him to start his research on the history and community of LGBTQ. Bachhofer used newspapers, legal records and interviewed many individuals to trace the gay community to before World War II. He gave numerous examples of popular establishments that allowed homosexuals to feel comfortable and express themselves openly.

 

 

 

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