Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s


In this lecture, historian Marc Stein examines the litigation that occurred in the 1970s after more than a dozen public colleges and universities in the United States denied official recognition to LGBT student groups. Stein, a specialist in the history of sexuality, social movements, and constitutional law, focuses on the ways in which these educational institutions used state sodomy laws and the criminalization of sex to justify their ultimately unsuccessful attempts to suppress LGBT student organizing.

About the speaker:
Marc Stein, the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University and a faculty member at York University from 1998 to 2014, is the author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972(University of Chicago Press, 2000), Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012). He also served as the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of LGBT History in America (Scribners, 2003) and the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality titled “U.S. Homophile Internationalism” (2017). His next book, Documenting the Stonewall Riots: A Primary Source Reader, will be published by NYU Press in 2019.

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