Stonewall, Past and Future

On June 21, an overflow crowd of some 400 people attended a forum at the CUNY Graduate School auditorium entitled, “Twenty-Five Years After Stonewall: Looking Backward, Moving Forward.” Five panelists were asked to consider the meaning of twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and to use their diverse experience and perspectives as the basis for a general commentary on the history and future of the lesbian and gay community. The five panelists were Cheryl Clarke, poet and Rutgers University Dean; CLAGS Director Martin Duberman; pioneering activist Jim Kepner, co-founder of the International Gay and Lesbian Archives; Joan Nestle, co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives; and Carmen Vazquez, community activist and newly-appointed Director of Public Policy for the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center. Karl Bruce Knapper, president of the Board of Frameline and program director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers at Stanford University served as moderator for the diverse, yet interlocking perspectives offered by the panelists. The event was jointly sponsored by CLAGS, the OUT Fund for Lesbian and Gay Liberation of the Funding Exchange, the Astaea National Lesbian Action Foundation, and the Working Group on Funding Lesbian and Gay Issues.