Historical Highlight

By Lavender May 9, 2008

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Koreen Phelps. Photo by Sophia Hantzes

Happy 39th Birthday, GLBT Minnesota! We finally have reached Jack Benny’s perpetual age. On May 18, 1969—six weeks before Stonewall, the event we celebrate each year at Pride—Koreen Phelps and Stephen Ihrig founded Fight Repression of Erotic Expression (FREE), Minnesota’s first gay organization. On a sad note, longtime activist Phelps passed away last summer, but her courage four decades ago will inspire us always.

One Response to Historical Highlight

  1. Cynthia Barclay says:

    I was googling Koreen as we grew up together in Minneapolis. We had the same birthday,were born in the same hospital and lived kitty corner across the alley from each other. We celebrated our birthdays together for many years. I was saddened to read that she had passed away. I was also amazed to see that she had become such a strong woman. Although I hadn’t seen her since 10th grade, I will miss her deeply. I am proud to have known her and my heart goes to her family and loved ones.

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