Denver Gay Liberation meeting poster
This poster advertising general meetings for Denver Gay Liberation by the Gay Coalition of Denver at the Denver Free University is from February 1971, per the date written on the back, right-hand corner. The Gay Coalition of Denver group was one of the first LGBTQ+ rights groups formed after the riots at Stonewall in 1969. The group was a grassroots organization founded in Denver by Gerald Gerash, Lynn Tamlin, Terry Mangan, and Mary Sassatelelli. This specific poster also advertises the Gay Coffeehouse in Denver, which is likely referring to Approaching Lavender. Approaching Lavender “was a welcome alternative to the bars. According to Gerald Gerash, Denver Free University donated its building where [the Gay Coalition of Denver] offered weekend evenings of movies, guest speakers, women’s nights, poetry readings, live music and a variety of entertainment.” In 1977 The Denver Gay Liberation group later went on to establish a gay community center in Denver, which is now known as The Center on Colfax. This poster is a significant and excellent display of the efforts of LGBTQ+ people to gather and create community in Denver in the early 70s, during the beginning days of the Gay Rights Movement.
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Found in an unprocessed ephemera collection possibly acquired in the 1990s by Stan Oliner.
Printed on front: Denver Gay Liberation / *General Meetings Fridays 7:30 PM / Gay Coffeehouse Sundays 1:00 PM - 1:00 AM / *125 E. 18th AVE. at Sherman / (Denver Free University BLDG.)