Did you know that Ithaca:
• is the site of one of the 1st public declarations of the American bisexual movement
• played a crucial role in marriage equality
• was one of the 1st cities in the US to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation
• is where one of the 1st student-organized sit-ins for LGBTQ rights took place. ...and more!
Ithaca and Tompkins County hold unique and meaningful roles in local LGBTQ history and culture, as well as in the national LGBTQ rights movement and for communities across the globe.
Bars and public spaces have been sites of LGBTQ resistance and resilience for decades. But many of the people and places that make up our shared past have been forgotten, erased, overlooked, or ignored. This LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning) local history tour is designed to preserve some of the rich stories and heritage of our Ithaca community. It’s for anyone wanting to learn about our local LGBTQ history and culture.
Not in Ithaca? Nearby but the weather is too cold/snowy/Ithaca-y to venture outside? Don't feel like a walk, bike ride or drive right now? You can take the tour from anywhere in the world! Type "Ithaca" into the search bar in PocketSights, and scroll down the results to this photo to find our tour! Select "Use in Virtual Tour Mode" when the pop-up box asks. You can take the tour from the comfort of your own home or office, whether you're in Trumansburg NY, across the country, or even Antarctica!