A Guide to the Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Collection, 2010-2011

A Guide to the Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Collection

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Collection
Creator - Interviewee
Buckheit, Carol
Creator - Interviewee
Glezen, Becky
Creator - Interviewee
Glezen, John
Creator - Interviewee
Holmes, Susan
Creator - Interviewee
King, Fleurette
Creator - Interviewer
Love, Valerie
Creator - Interviewee
McHaelen, Robin
Creator - Interviewee
Pawelek, Josh, Reverend
Creator - Interviewee
Reyna, Bessy
Creator - Interviewee
Ryker, Karen
Creator - Interviewee
Stanback, Anne
Inclusive Dates
2010-2011
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Abstract
The collection consists of 11 oral histories with leading activists in Connecticut who have been a part of the marriage equality movement as well as been engaged in other forms of LGBT activism in the state and beyond. The interviews were conducted by Valerie Love, Curator for Human Rights and Alternative Press Collections, between July 2010 and April 2011. Six of the eleven interviews have been transcribed and are available.
Call Number
2011.0076
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Archives & Special Collections staff (January 2013)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Name of narrator] Interview, Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries. Transcripts in the collection should be cited as follows:

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Transcripts resulting from interviews conducted for the project were deposited as an oral history collection in the Archives & Special Collections by the project coordinator in 2011.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Name of narrator] Interview, Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Collection. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries. Transcripts in the collection should be cited as follows:

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Human rights

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History

In 1991, Connecticut became the third state to pass a comprehensive anti-discrimination law concerning sexual orientation in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit. This law barred employers from refusing to hire a person, discharging them, or discriminating against employees because of their sexual orientation. The  Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) ruled in November 2000 that transgendered people may be protected under the law’s prohibition of sex discrimination.

In October 2000, Connecticut passed a co-parent adoption law, which created a legal process for second parent adoption, regardless of gender. This law allows an existing parent (biological or adoptive) to agree to the adoption of his/her child by another person, including a same gender partner, who shares parental responsibility for the child.

In April 2005, the Connecticut General Assembly passed, “An Act Concerning Civil Unions” (Public Act 05-10), which made  Connecticut the second state (after  Vermont) to allow civil unions for same-sex couples. Civil unions are a legal status parallel to marriage at the state level, which allow committed same-sex couples to obtain the state level benefits of marriage.

On October 10, 2008, Connecticut joined  Massachusetts and  California to become the third state to allow same sex-couples to marry. The  Connecticut Supreme Court released a ruling in the case,  Elizabeth Kerrigan et al v. Commissioner of Public Health et al, overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, stating:

“We conclude that, in light of the history of pernicious discrimination faced by gay men and lesbians, and because the institution of marriage carries with it a status and significance that the newly created classification of civil unions does not embody, the segregation of heterosexual and homosexual couples into separate institutions constitutes a cognizable harm. We also conclude that (1) our state scheme discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, (2) for the same reasons that classifications predicated on gender are considered quasi-suspect for purposes of the equal protection provisions of the United States constitution, sexual orientation constitutes a quasi-suspect classification for purposes of the equal protection provisions of the state constitution, and, therefore, our statutes discriminating against gay persons are subject to heightened or intermediate judicial scrutiny, and (3) the state has failed to provide sufficient justification for excluding same sex couples from the institution of marriage.”

For more information, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) has information on LGBT rights in the state of Connecticut.

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Scope and Contents

Transcripts of six of eleven interviews conducted are available online or in hard copy. Interviews conducted by Valerie Love. Transcriptions produced by MediaScribe and edited by Valerie Love.

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Project background

The Marriage Equality and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Activism in Connecticut Oral History Project was a pilot project of Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Libraries. The collection consists of 11 oral histories with leading activists in Connecticut who have been a part of the marriage equality movement as well as been engaged in other forms of LGBT activism in the state and beyond. The interviews were conducted by Valerie Love, Curator for Human Rights and Alternative Press Collections, between July 2010 and April 2011. Funding for this project was provided by the UConn Libraries Strategic Planning Team, and the Treibick Family Public Outreach Fund in Human Rights. Thanks to Martha McCormick and Heidi Muir of Mediascribe for their transcription work.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Interviews 2010-2011 

Box

Anne Stanback [31 pages] 2010 

Anne Stanback (PDF file, 184 KB), 2010

1

Carol Buckheit [31 pages] 2010 

Carol Buckheit (PDF file, 183 KB) , 2010

1

Bessy Reyna and  Susan Holmes [19 pages] 2010 

Bessy Reyna and Susan Holmes (PDF file, 151 KB) , 2010

1

Reverend Joshua Pawelek [21 pages] 2010 

Reverend Josh Pawelek (PDF file, 163 KB), 2010

1

John and Becky Glezen [29 pages] 2010 

John and Becky Glezen (PDF file, 180 KB), 2010

1

Karen Ryker [25 pages] 2011 

Karen Ryker (PDF file, 146 KB) , 2011

1

Robin McHaelen [17 pages] 2010 

Robin McHaelen (PDF, 1.7 MB), 2010

1

David Knapp 2011 

Box

Fleurette King [40 pages] 2011 

Fleurette King [PDF, 3.9 MB], 2011

1

Gannon Long 2011 

Shawn Lang 2011 

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Cassette

Interviews 2011   28.0 Item 28 sound cassettes (60 min.) : analog

2011-0076