As part of the university’s signature heritage observance months, Georgia State’s Cultures, Communities & Inclusion team is marking LGBTQ+ History Month this October, and you are invited to join in on the celebration!
LGBTQ+ History Month observes the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning communities, and was first celebrated in the United States in 1994.
Check out the event highlights and helpful resources below!
2023 events to be announced
History at the University Library: LGBTQ+ Archival Collections
The University Library Archives hold a treasure of holdings, from papers to photographs and oral histories, from LGBTQ+ people who called (and call) Atlanta and the South home. Multiple collections of materials from organizations and the personal papers of individual persons help tell their stories.
While some of the materials in the Gender & Sexuality Collections are available only in the library's reading room, there are a lot of materials that you can access 24/7 through the library's Digital Collections search system.
Selected materials from the following collections are available online through the Digital Collections search system:
- Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project documents LGBTQ+ history in Atlanta, Georgia, and the South.
- Poet, psychotherapist, activist, and original member of the Radical Faeries, Franklin Abbott's papers include extensive personal correspondence, conference proceedings, printed and audio-visual items, and materials related to his published works.
- Thomas Crim Jr. Papers include editorials, articles, and letters to the editor from the Augusta Chronicle, about gay rights, and smokers' rights.
- Jim Blyth Buffalo Chips scrapbooks document the activities of the Buffalo Chips gay clogging group.
- Andrew Wood Papers document Atlanta-focused ACT UP activities and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
- LGBTQ Institute’s Jim Allen Papers highlight Pride events and ACT UP and Cracker Barrel protests.
- Terri Wilder Papers focus on HIV/AIDS as it affects women and children.
- Ron Lambe Running Water scrapbooks document Radical Faerie activities at Running Water Farm, in Bakersville, North Carolina.
- Mike Maloney OutTV Atlanta includes more than 200 tapes of raw footage from OutTV Atlanta – a local news and entertainment TV show that ran from 1999-2001.
- LGBTQ T-Shirt Collection brings together textiles from all of the Gender and Sexuality collections.
- Unitarian Universalists Lesbian and Gay Community Newsletters document the organization’s activities from 1982-1990.
- The Athens Gay/Lesbian Alliance Newsletter documents the organization’s activities from 1984-1985.
For Now and the Future
The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
The GSRC provides services including programming, workshops, organizational support and mentoring. Programming and services focus on all identities within the LGBTQIQA and varying gender communities. The GSRC welcomes all faculty, students and staff who would like to serve as allies for the LGBTQIQA and varying gender communities as well, or those with an interest in learning more.
Search for LGBTQ+ student organizations by keyword at the Panther Involvement Network.
Pride, Respect, Inclusion, Support, Movement
The mission is to contribute to and support a welcoming and inclusive university community for sexual and gender minority faculty and staff through community building, education, mentorship, and advocacy.
Institute for Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
The Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Georgia State University has been chartered since 1994, although its history reaches back to the 1970s when a small group of committed feminist faculty members began meeting to address women’s issues. Today, WGSS offers a cutting-edge academic program focusing on three areas: globalization, sexuality studies and social change.