The Roots of Gay Liberation in Minnesota
F.R.E.E. was Minnesota’s first queer organization. It stands for “Fight Repression of Erotic Expression.” The group began on May 18, 1969 when Koreen Phelps and Stephen Ihrig started a community class at the Coffeehouse Extempore on the West Bank in Minneapolis, entitled “The Homosexual Revolution”. KFAI’s Dixie Treichel speaks with LGBTQ historian Noah Barth about F.R.E.E. and the lives of these activists.
(Archival audio credits: Koreen Phelps interview, 1993, excerpts courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society; Stephen Ihrig interview, 2018, excerpts courtesy of Noah Barth)