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Marilyn McConnell papers

Identifier: NA-201

Scope and Contents

This collection contains editions of Ambush, Southern Voice, and Impact newspapers, for which Marilyn McConnell often contributed columns and articles. The collection also contains photographs, posters and publication materials for gay and lesbian events in New Orleans, and video interviews with prominent members of the lesbian community. The A/V recordings in this collection include recordings of speakers, awards, and performers at Celebration, a gay and lesbian conference held in New Orleans in the early 1990s. Also included is footage of the 1993 March on Washington for lesbian, gay, and bisexual equality. There are also home videos of the Gulf Coast Womyn's festival, the founding of Camp Sister Spirit, and interviews with Charlene Schneider.


  • 1993 - 2000


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Biographical / Historical

Marilyn McConnel was born in Tampa, Florida on August 9, 1933. McConnell attended nursing school in Orlando, and then lived for short periods of time in New Orleans, Memphis, and New York. McConnell moved to New Orleans permanently in 1961, and met her partner, Jody Gates, in 1973. McConnell and Gates took an active role in the feminist and gay liberation movements, and participated in many civic and political organizations and campaigns. McConnell was a staff writer for Impact, a New Orleans gay newspaper, where she wrote a column called “Lesbian Voices.”

A dedicated activist for LGBT and women’s rights, McConnell served on several New Orleans based committees, including Mayor Sidney Barthelemy’s Advisory Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues, the New Orleans PFLAG Scholarship Committee, and the Human Rights campaign. McConnell was also a member of the Lesbian and Gay Political Action Committee (LAGPAC), the Forum for Equality, the New Orleans chapter of PFLAG, and the Human Rights Campaign. She also served as a keynote speaker at Celebration ’94, an annual gay and lesbian conference held in New Orleans. She also volunteered with Grace House New Orleans, Lazarus House, the Surrogate Parent Program of Orleans Parish Schools, and the Senior Olympics Basketball team of Tucson.


7 Linear Feet (The collection consists of a total of 8 boxes. Currently, Box 7 is located in a small box inside of Box 6.) : 8 total boxes including oversized and smaller boxes.

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Repository Details

Part of the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Collection Repository

Newcomb Institute
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Suite 341
New Orleans LA 70118 USA US