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Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76: The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s First Gay Student Group



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond Va. 23284


In 1976, VCU's first LGBTQ student group, the Gay Alliance of Students, secured official recognition as a student organization following a two-year legal struggle. That victory was an important step on the path toward inclusion and acceptance for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty at VCU.

This event, part of the Humanities Research Center fall speaker series, examines that pivotal 1974–76 struggle. Hear about the lawsuit from alumni who share memories of that struggle and of life for LGBTQ students in the '70s.

Also, see the companion exhibit, "Celebrating 40 Years: The Gay Alliance of Students' Legal Journey to Recognition," which features materials from Special Collections and Archives.

This event is immediately followed by a reception and the 2016 Burnside / Watstein LGBTQ Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m.

Admission is free and all are welcome, but please register so we can seat you in the VCU Libraries' reserved section and provide complimentary parking in a VCU lot.


Registration is now closed.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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