Exhibit and panel Oct. 4 explore "The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s First Gay Student Group"September 30, 2016
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 milestone 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 all about the lawsuit and its times from alumni who will share memories of that struggle and of life for LGBTQ students in the '70s.
- "Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76: The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s First Gay Student Group" will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall (Room 303). It will be followed by a reception and networking opportunity.
- The 2016 Burnside / Watstein LGBTQ Awards Ceremony will take place in the Lecture Hall at 3 p.m. and also be followed by a reception.
- Admission to both is free and all are welcome.
- "Inside the fight to win VCU’s official recognition of the university’s first LGBTQIA student organization" from University Public Affairs offers the detailed story and explores this historic moment through in-depth interviews with student leaders of the time.