Red River Freethinkers

This one should be special! 1984 was a much more difficult time for gays and their supporters in Fargo so Jon Lindgren’s Proclamation of a Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week made many people in Fargo very angry. The public reaction built over time, so that at a City Commission meeting after his repeat of the proclamation in 1985, 500 people appeared to discuss the proclamation and police were present.
There have been some questions, so note that we pay for the room and there is no charge to attend.

Abstract for Jon’s talk.
Since its founding, Fargo has undoubtedly been a home for gay and lesbian citizens. They were an underground society, recognized by no public official or public body. They lived in Fargo’s cold shadows. In June of 1984, Fargo Mayor Jon Lindgren issued North Dakota's first Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week Proclamation.

The controversy that ensued during the 10 years in which the proclamations were issued became so intense that no such proclamations have been issued since he left office. Jon will discuss how he came to make those proclamations and his experiences during those times.

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  • Jeffrey E.

    I look forward to Jon's talk so much, as so many have in the area. Please, like me, add your questions here so Jon can have a moment to prepare for them... Jon, my question is...why did you choose to care, when not caring would have left you with an easier office?

    January 17, 2014

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