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      A place to call home

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      Fans of the Transcripts podcast — a project of The Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies that first launched in June 2020 — have something new to get excited about: another new podcast episode. In the recently released Episode 2 of, Transcripts focuses on trans people of color housing activists who were interviewed for the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP). 
      When this poster was created for the 1974 Pride weekend, some details — a women’s dance, a possible church service, and a softball game — were not yet decided.

      The March of Pride

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      Posters and programs demonstrate the growth of Pride celebrations in the Twin Cities over the years. These materials and more about Pride from the Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies can be found in the Libraries' UMedia collection.
      GAZE-TV — four images from the TV show.

      Viewing GAZE-TV

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      Working remotely during the pandemic has had its benefits — including time for Tretter Collection staff to improve access to its GAZE-TV collection by writing meaningful descriptions of episodes, making them easier to find in search. GAZE-TV was a Twin Cities public access program that ran from 1986 until the early 2000s and was hosted by Brad Theissen.
      Bob Jansen

      A place of their own

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      To get started in his career, Robert “Bob” Jansen first had to be fired. After the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth fired him from teaching in their theater program, he sued the college. Jansen won and he used the settlement money to establish the Main Club for gay people in 1983. The bar became not only a watering hole but also a center for the gay community. Now Jansen is honoring that history by remembering the Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies in his will.
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      Highlighting trans activists

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      The Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota has just released the first 20 interviews from Phase Two of the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP). The activists featured in Phase Two of the TTOHP are working to overcome barriers that trans people experience in the areas of housing insecurity, police violence, health care, and other justice issues.
      Some of the frontline responders who are part of the HIV/AIDS Caregivers Oral History Project.

      Look for the helpers

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      The HIV/AIDS Caregivers Oral History Project is a new digital resource, part of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, includes 34 recordings and transcripts of interviews with individuals who have worked to provide services to HIV+ people and people with AIDS in Minnesota.

      A conversation with Lisa Vecoli

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      Lisa Vecoli is retiring as curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies. She talks with Kris Kiesling, director of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, about her tenure at Tretter, which included winning two national awards, adding, the Michael McConnell Papers, and developing and managing the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project.

      Transgender project funded for phase 2

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      The Libraries has received $266,000 from Tawaini Foundation to fund Phase 2 of the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP) — a project intended to empower transgender individuals to tell their story, while providing students, historians, and the public with a richer foundation of primary source material about the Transgender community.

      Transgender project posts 13 videos

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      As we recognize Transgender Awareness Month, there is much to celebrate in terms of awareness for the transgender community; however, there are also urgent issues that must be addressed that directly affect transgender lives. We here at the Tretter Collection have recently posted the first videos from the Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project.
      A photo of the 1973 Pride march in Minneapolis showing 100 people marching on Nicollet Mall led by a "Gay Pride" banner.

      Time for Pride!

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      Pride festivals are a commemoration of the community uprising triggered by police raids on the Stonewall Bar in New York in 1969 – usually credited with being the start of the contemporary fight for GLBT civil rights.
      A panoramic photo showing four staff people dwarfed by the 80 boxes of the recently processed Outfront MN collection.

      ‘It Was Exhilarating!’

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      By Lisa Vecoli Curator of the Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Every month the curators provide a report of our activity so...

      When The History You Find Is Your History

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      by Garrett Hoffman, PhD student in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. My assignment was to investigate connections between an aspect of the history of American...

      History In The Marriage License

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      I spend a lot of time looking at old things. Some of my colleagues work with items hundreds of years old. In the Gay,...

      Re-release party for “Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence” May 9

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      You are cordially invited to a book release party of "Lesbian Nuns," featuring co-editor Nancy Manahan. Join us for a book release party to celebrate...

      The Happiness of Simple Things

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      Life is best when simple things bring us pleasure. And last week I had a wonderful day, topped off by my getting a new...

      Dear Abby and Dear Ann helped form attitudes on GLBT issues

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      Pauline Phillips, better known as "Dear Abby," passed away this week at the age of 94. Her support for gays and lesbians is noted...

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