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GLBT History at American University
Transcript of GLBT History at American University
@auglbta_rc February: First Lavender Languages Conference is held at AU. October: Congressman Barney Frank speaks at AU discussing being gay in the 90s. September: The University funded Sexual Minority Resource Center officially opens on campus, offering resources to GLBT Students, Staff and Faculty. It is the precursor to the now GLBTA Resource Center. October: LGBT History Month is celebrated on campus for the first time. The Sexual Minority Resource Center sponsors GLBT events all month. VP of Student Services calls on the Sexual Minority Resource Center Advisory board to explore ways in which “we might alleviate covert and overt discriminatory practices… at American University.” March: The Sexual Minority Resource Center begins offering Lesbian and Gay Awareness programs to classes, dorms, clubs and administrative offices. September: The Eagle publishes an editorial on the Defense of Marriage Act January: The Sexual Minority Resource Center becomes the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center. April: The University hosts trans activist Riki Anne Wilchins to speak about transsexuals and gender deconstruction. April: The GLBTA Resource Center hosts the first annual GLBTA Resource Center Awards Ceremony. February: “At Least 10%” co-sponsors GROW, the Grass-Roots Organization Week to advocate activism and to fight apathy. May: The GLBTA Resource Center hires full-time staff. August : The GLBTA Resource Center becomes a university-funded office under the Office of Campus Life. September: About 30 AU students join in a candlelight vigil in remembrance of a gay student at Gallaudet Eric Plunkett, who was killed in his dorm room for being gay. About 150 Area students were present. September: AU’s glbt student organization changes its name from “At Least 10%” to “AU Queers and Allies" Three members of Logo’s hit show Queer as Folk come to AU and discuss issues facing the glbt community. March: Openly gay cast member of The Real World: Chicago, Chris Beckman comes to campus to discuss the gay community, alcoholism and his experience. April: The GLBTA Resource Center gives out the first Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award to Faisal Alam, a gay Pakistani American who founded the Al-Fatiha Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims. The GLBTA Resource Center adds a Program Coordinator as the second full-time staff member. March: Author Richard Roderigues speaks for CAS on being gay, Hispanic, and an author. October: The GLBTA Resource Center holds the first annual GLBT Studies Colloquium to showcase the academic works of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and alumni from various departments, specifically academic work that focused on GLBT issues. October: The Kennedy Political Union brings gay rights activist Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, to AU to discuss the death of her son and the importance of GLBT Rights. September: AU adds “medically necessary non-surgical treatment for transgender medical conditions” to its student health plan. Mrs. De Baggio distributing Underground March: The AIDS Memorial Quilt is put on display in Bender Arena for three days.