Collection Number: 40491

Collection Title: Carolina Gay Association Records, 1974-1983

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract The Carolina Gay Association was founded as the Gay Awareness Rap Group in February 1974. Later that year, the group successfully applied to be a university-recognized student organization and changed its name to the Carolina Gay Association (CGA). The support, advocacy, and social organization met regularly in Craige dormitory. In 1976, the CGA sponsored the first Southeastern Gay Conference and began publishing Lambda, the first LGBTQ+ student publication in the United States. The organization has continued to be active on campus and has changed names several times: Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association (1985-1992), Bisexuals, Gay Men, Lesbians, and Allies for Diversity (B-GLAD, 1992-1998), Queer Network for Change (QNC, 1998-2003), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender - Straight Alliance (GLBT-SA, 2002-2010), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance (GLBTSA, 2010-2012), Sexuality And Gender Alliance (SAGA, 2012 - present). Records include materials related to the group's recognition by the university in 1974, pamphlets, flyers, conference programs, issues of Lambda and LGBTQ student publications from other universities, clippings, and letters to and from the CGA, including correspondence with Chapel Hill aldermen about anti-discrimination policies. Also included is a report on the results of a survey conducted by UNC graduate student Michael Grissom.
Creator Carolina Gay Association.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Carolina Gay Association Records #40491, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received by Daniel Leonard in June 2018 (RT 20180619.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Carolina Gay Association was founded as the Gay Awareness Rap Group in February 1974. Later that year, the group successfully applied to be a university-recognized student organization and changed its name to the Carolina Gay Association (CGA). The support, advocacy, and social organization met regularly in Craige dormitory. In 1976, the CGA sponsored the first Southeastern Gay Conference and began publishing Lambda, the first LGBTQ+ student publication in the United States. The organization has continued to be active on campus and has changed names several times: Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association (1985-1992), Bisexuals, Gay Men, Lesbians, and Allies for Diversity (B-GLAD, 1992-1998), Queer Network for Change (QNC, 1998-2003), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender - Straight Alliance (GLBT-SA, 2002-2010), Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance (GLBTSA, 2010-2012), Sexuality And Gender Alliance (SAGA, 2012 - present).

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Records include materials related to the group's recognition by the university in 1974, pamphlets, flyers, conference programs, issues of Lambda and LGBTQ student publications from other universities, clippings, and letters to and from the CGA, including correspondence with Chapel Hill aldermen about anti-discrimination policies. Also included is a report on the results of a survey conducted by UNC graduate student Michael Grissom.

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Processed by: Jennifer Coggins, June 2018

Encoded by: Laura Smith, June 2018

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