Museum of Sonoma County Virtual Program – The Lesbian History of Sonoma County

Thu, June 25, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us via Zoom for a lecture and Q&A with Tina Dungan and Shad Reinstein, creators of the Sonoma County LGTBQI Timeline. They will be discussing the unique history of lesbians in Sonoma County and how these women have made an impact on our community.

In the 1970s, the Women’s Movement and the Stonewall Riots combined to impact the nation and the world. Many lesbians began to dream of creating their own communities. During that time, an influx of lesbian women moved to Sonoma County, creating a vibrant community in the area. These women opened businesses and produced theater and musical events. Women’s Studies programs were created at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College, two of the first such programs in California. Lesbians from Sonoma County helped lead the political fights that were happening with the Briggs Initiative/Prop 6, which sought to ban gay/lesbian people from working in public schools.

Tina and Shad collaborated to create the Sonoma County LGBTQI Timeline which premiered at PRIDE 2018. As they research the LGBTQI history of Sonoma County, the timeline continues to expand. This year, they have created two talks: The LGBTQI History of Sonoma County as well as The Lesbian History of Sonoma County.

Tina Dungan is a lifelong resident of Sonoma County who came out as a lesbian in the early 1970s while a student in the first Women’s Studies Program at SSU. Since 2007, she has been working with others through the Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County to capture the cultural and political history of that community. Dungan also teaches a class based on the Sonoma County LGBTQI Timeline through the Older Adults Program at SRJC.

Shad Reinstein came out shortly after Stonewall and has been involved in local and national LGBTQI culture and politics. She has been researching lesbian history for several decades. She co-produced the documentary film, Mom’s Apple Pie, the History of the Lesbian Mothers’ Custody Movement. She is now researching a lesbian community from the 1930s. Her work with Tina on the Sonoma County LGBTQI Timeline has helped her understand the history and culture of Sonoma County, her new home.

Pre-registration for this free virtual program is required.
Registration is limited. ​​To ensure an enjoyable viewing experience for all, we ask that microphones remain muted and questions be asked in the chat section only.

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