The Ferment of the Late ’70s: VD, Anita and Disco
The late 1970’s marked a period of responses and engagements that nationalized the gay liberation movement on a new level. Though looking at responses to the spread of VD among gay men, Anita Bryant and the Save Our Children campaign, and the phenomena of disco, “Ferment of the Late 70s” explores how these played a part in laying foundations for being able to respond to developments in LGBTQ life and politics the 1980s and beyond.
Games We Play
Continuing through November 2017 in the Library Reading Room, Games We Play highlights LGBTQ-themed board and trivia games that began being produced in the 1980s. These include C’est La Vie, a lesbian version of LIFE where the goal is to get to the Lovely Lesbian Retirement Villa, Gay Weekend, where the player goes around the board picking up tricks, Gay Monopoly where players can buy streets in various gay neighborhoods around the county and instead of buying houses or hotels, the players purchase bars and bathhouses. Trivia games include Gay Trivia, D.Y.K.E. (Do You Know Enough) and That’s So Gay. The exhibit includes a brochure of trivia questions for you to take and share with others.
Continuing its run through March 2018 in Howard Brown Health Clark Waiting Room, Cartooning AIDS features the political cartoons of Danny Sotomayor and looks at how issues surrounding AIDS were engaged through political cartoons, comic books, trading cards, and ‘zines for the purpose of political critique, education, and awareness.
Continuing its run in a condensed form in the Walgreens Pharmacy display area. John Daniel Hagenhofer who worked as a WPA artist, painter, illustrator, cartoonist, and designer. His collection includes over 70 drawings (the earliest from 1936), over 200 photographs from the mid-1930s, and correspondence with his brother from the early 1950s. The exhibit includes a selection of his art.