LGBTQ acceptance, 50 years after Stonewall

By Keely Sexton

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots that sparked the LGBTQ movement, Lucy James-Olson ’22 talked to Delaware’s News-Journal with three other LGBTQ-identified people, each representing a different generation, about how the movement has progressed — and how far it has yet to go. 

As a student at Mount Holyoke, James-Olson said, they experience a freedom to explore gender and an openness from the community that is both enlightening and empowering. 

“[L]iving in this environment has enabled me to explore my gender in ways I did not even know I wanted to explore it,” they said. “It is a space where I feel comfortable and safe to express my gender and ask people outright to use my pronouns and am unapologetic about correcting and educating people.”

Read the article.

Related News

This is a close-up headshot of Kijua Sanders-McMurtry smiling.

Sanders-McMurtry on Lowery Institute board

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, vice president for equity and inclusion at Mount Holyoke, is now on the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute board of trustees. 

This is a photograph of Mahua Moitra speaking impassionedly before Parliament.

Turning back the tide

Mount Holyoke College alum Mahua Moitra ’98 offers advice on defeating the regressive Bharatiya Janata Party and its ruler, Narendra Modi.

Dolores Huerta and Carmen Yulín Cruz smiling into the camera

Dolores Huerta to speak at Mount Holyoke

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, will be in conversation with Carmen Yulín Cruz at Mount Holyoke College. 

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart to speak

Mount Holyoke’s Kijua Sanders-McMurtry will be joining child-safety activist Elizabeth Smart in a special dialogue for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Rep. Bush and Nina Turner, two Black female legislators, smile into the camera

Cori Bush and Nina Turner to give public talk

Rep. Cori Bush will be in conversation with former State Sen. Nina Turner and Carmen Yulín Cruz from Mount Holyoke College about racial justice. 

Find more stories >