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Consider Beth Kelly, Ph.D., hired by Depaul University in 1992 in full knowledge of her remarks (below) made in 1979.
She recently commented: "If someone had told me 30 years ago that in 2010 I would be tenured and promoted to a professor as a publicly professed lesbian [and lapsed Catholic] at the country's largest Catholic university [DePaul], I would not have believed them."
The first woman I ever loved sexually was my great-aunt; our feelings for each other were deep, strong, and full.
The fact that she
was more than fifty years older than I did not affect the bond that grew between us.
And, yes, I knew what I was doing - every step of the way - even though I had not, at the time, learned many of the words with which to speak of these things.
liked it, and even though only 8 years old, felt fully responsible for it.
Aunt Addie was a dynamic, intelligent, and creative woman - who refused, all her
life, to be cowed by convention.
In an extended family where women played out 'housewifely roles to the hilt, she
stood out, a beacon of independence and strength.
She was a nurse in France during the First World War, had travelled, read books, and lived for over twenty years in a monogamous relationship with another woman.
lover's death pre-dated the start of our sexual relationship by about two years.
But we had always been close and seen a great deal of each other.
In the summers, which my mother, brother and I always spent at her
seashore home, we were together daily.
In other seasons, she
would drive to visit us wherever we were living, and often stayed for a month or so at a time.…
Although for several years I succumbed to social sanctions against lesbian and childhood sexuality, and felt ashamed for having had such experiences, I have come to realize the need to affirm them as part of the rich texture of both human experience in general and my own conscious reality in particular.Kelly:1979
The three-year relationship between Ms. Kelly
great-aunt ended when Beth's mother caught them doing 'it.'
Who could doubt that Ms. Kelly's
courses enrich Catholic students?
:1979On woman/girl love, or lesbians do 'do it'.
Gay Community News, 3/3/1979.
Why We Endorse the Boycott of th
Elizabeth A. Kelly, DePaul University
Calendar of Events - LWV of Glenview
Speaker: Professor Beth Kelly, DePaul University
LWVE Calendar Events - LWV of Evanston
Speaker: Professor Beth Kelly
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Press Releases - Center on Halsted - Chicago's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
After the screening of the film, a question-and-answer session with Professor Beth Kelly of DePaul University will take place.
Kelly, a member of ACLGBTI, was a college friend of Laurel Hester and served as a consultant to the filmmakers.