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GLBT History at American University

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by AU GLBTA Resource Center on 19 November 2011

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Transcript of GLBT History at American University

1972 1976 The Gay Liberation Front in DC takes over Kay Spiritual Life Center in protest. 1976 Lol hey Rachel & Matt GLBT History at American University 1965 1966 1969 1970 1973 1974 1977 1979 1983 1987 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1998 1999 2000 2001 2003 2005 2006 2008 2009 The Mattachine Society of Washington (MSW) organized a series of meetings with local clergy, held at American University, which led to creation of the Washington Area Council on Religion and the Homosexual. A key participant was Dr. Leroy S. Graham, Methodist Chaplain of American University. Underground an underground newspaper distributed by an undergraduate, Mrs. De Baggio, is banned from campus by the administration. The article was banned for being inappropriate due to its contents which included "homosexuality, civil rights, sex, narcotics and astral projections.” Franklin Kameny, the president of the Mattachine Society of Washington speaks at Kay Spiritual life center: The Homosexual Dilemma: What Every Heterosexual Should Know. He is the first out speaker on American University’s campus, and perhaps the first to speak at any DC area university. The Gay Liberation Front in DC takes over Kay Spiritual Life Center in protest. May: DC Board of Education, at the time the District’s only popularly-elected political body, bans discrimination against gay and lesbian students, teachers, and public school staff. November: Ten men begin to meet off campus at a private home on Nebraska Avenue. This marks the first gay organization at AU. DC Mayor Harold Washington, signs Title 34, an earlier iteration of law currently known as the DC Human Rights Act. Frank Kameny, one of the first, large gay rights leaders of the 1960’s, speaks during a class on social deviance. The first on campus Gay Organization is formed and becomes the AU Gay Community. Lesbians at American University however partner up with George Mason University’s lesbian community to form their own queer women organization. AU Gay Community sponsors Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran in the Air Force who was dismissed for coming out. Forty students attended. AU Students march for equality on the national mall with thousands of others demanding legislation. A DC Superior Judge upholds that Georgetown University does not need to extend recognition to gay students. DC Court of Appeals finds for the plaintiffs in GPGU (Gay People of Georgetown University) vs. Georgetown University, ruling that the University cannot deny recognition to its gay student groups. Twenty AU Human Diversity League members attend the march to the Capital for Gay Rights. Antidiscrimination proposal sent to AU counsel. AU Senate Passes Equal Opportunity Clause that adds orientation, appearance, marital status and political affiliation to comply with DC laws. AU is the first area college to do so. May: The Gay and Lesbian Community at AU protests the University’s sanctioning of ROTC members giving out information on campus as a discriminatory organization. September: Anti gay graffiti is found in Hurst Hall on posters. A mix of feminist/ethnic/and homophobic slurs such as “fag” and “thanks for AIDS”. Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/AUGLBTARC And/or check out our website at american.edu/glbta And follow us on Twitter!
@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.
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