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Last Detroit Mattachine Society Officer Comes To Ann Arbor

By | 2014-10-09T09:00:00-04:00 October 9th, 2014|Michigan, News|

By BTL Staff

In honor of LGBT History Month, the remaining officer of the Detroit Area Council of the Mattachine Society, Jerry “Jai” Moore, will share his memories and experiences with gay activism in Ann Arbor. Professor Gayle Rubin will also share her remarks at the University of Michigan event.

Detroit’s Mattachine Society offered sanctuary to gay and lesbian Detroiters who sought to organize in the 1950s and 60s, a time when homosexuals were arrested, institutionalized or ostracized. Members of the group, including Moore (who served as officer from 1958-1960), were instrumental in the social change that would sweep the nation in the latter half of the 20th century and beyond.

The Detroit Mattachine records are currently a part of the Joseph A. Labadie Collection at U of M’s library.

Moore and Professor Rubin will speak from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100), 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor.

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