The history of the LGBTQ movement in Ithaca may have been lost forever, had it not been for the efforts of a small team of IC students, staff and alumni who created a self-guided walking tour.
The “Ithaca LGBTQ History Walking Tour,” available on the PocketSights app, documents accounts from local residents and makes them available to the general public. It includes 32 landmarks, such as the Gay People’s Center, which in the 1970s was housed above what is now Viva Taqueria; the location of Firebrand books, an independent publisher of feminist and lesbian literature; and the home of the first peer-led transgender support group in Ithaca, started in 1995.
On April 28, locals and visitors were invited to Textor Hall on the Ithaca College campus where the first self-guided tour of LGBTQ history in Ithaca was officially launched on the locally-produced digital tour app, PocketSights Tour Guide. There, event-goers spoke to the tour’s creators, who then led the walking tour through the Ithaca College campus, downtown Ithaca and Cornell University. The tour will remain available through the app and users can customize their experience.