Kelly co-authored Telling Our Lives, which refers to her time with Gay Community News, where her story was originally published. Her book also refers by name to her great-aunt “Aunt Addie” in the chapter called “Beth’s Family Legacy,” thought it doesn’t discuss their relationship.
In a 2010 interview with The Windy CityTimes, Kelly equated being a professor with activism. “Until my involvement with the [Chicago LGBT] advisory council, my principal organizing in Chicago was here at DePaul,” she said. “To build a women’s and gender studies program at a Catholic university is a very specific form of activism, and it really didn’t leave me a lot of time.”
Kelly described herself as a “lapsed” Catholic and said she had misgivings about teaching at a Catholic university, until she discovered that DePaul was serious about diversity hiring. She said that the number of LGBT faculty has grown to the point where “today I know that I don’t know all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty at DePaul.”
Regarding her help with building the LGBT Studies program, she said “What was interesting to me was the lack of opposition.” She credited the “amazing support” from Father Dennis Holtschneider, president of DePaul University since 2004.
Kelly, according to Windy City Times, served as director of the Women and Gender Studies program at DePaul during 1997-2003 and was reportedly a founding member of the university’s LGBT studies program. She said her favorite class is “Lesbian Lives, Politics, and Communities,” which she created and based on Alison Bechdel’s comic strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For.”
According to DePaul’s website, Kelly has taught courses at the Catholic university such as Feminist Theories; Creating Change: Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Politics; Contemporary Knitting: Gender Craft & Community Service; Intro to LGBTQ Studies; Sexual Justice: Lesbians, Gays, and the Law; and Queer Pioneers.