Group of people marching with a large banner that reads "Kalos Society"

Kalos Society Protests – GLBTQ Archives, Central Connecticut State University

Throughout history, LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and other sexual and gender identities) people have lived and worked in Connecticut. They have endured and challenged oppression and, to this day, continue to fight for equal rights, protections, and acceptance. Throughout the latter part of the 20th century, numerous activist groups and community organizations formed to advocate for LGBTQIA+ communities and provide legal, social, and medical support. Connecticut LGBTQIA-identifying people include everyday people to children’s book author Maurice Sendak of Where the Wild Things Are to activists like Larry Kramer to doctors such as Ethel Collins Dunham and Alan L. Hart. Historical evidence of LGBTQIA+ people, lives, and relationships can be found in letters, court documents, diaries, and numerous other records. 

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James Merrill House & Writer-in-Residence Program. “James Merrill House,” n.d. Link.
Connecticut Landmarks. “Palmer-Warner House,” n.d. Link.
The Glass House. “The Glass House,” n.d. Link.


Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. “A Brief History of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community,” n.d. Link.


An Act Concerning Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Pub. L. No. Public Act No. 91-58 (1991). Link.


Digital Transgender Archive. “Digital Transgender Archive: Yale University Libraries,” n.d. Link.
Connecticut Digital Archive. “Foster Gunnison, Jr. Papers,” 1994 1945. Link.
Central Connecticut State University Elihu Burritt Library Archives and Special Collections. “GLBTQ Archives,” n.d. Link.
Connecticut Digital Archive. “Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Collection,” 2011 2010. Link.


Mann, William J. “A Brief History of Connecticut Gay Media.” Connecticut Explored, Winter -2021 2020. Link.
Gifford, Emily E. “An Early Advocate for Connecticut’s Gay Community.” Connecticut Explored, Summer 2014. Link.
King, Andy. “An Island in a Rural Sea: Palmer-Warner House as Queer Sanctuary.” Connecticut Explored, Summer 2023. Link.
Clark, Charles T. “Stonington: Poet James Merrill’s House.” Connecticut Explored, Summer 2016. Link.