Two items discovered at the LGBT Archives at VCU pertain to its Gay Alliance of Students.
One is an October 23, 1974 letter addressed to Miss Brenda Kriegel, then the spokesperson for the Gay Alliance of Students.
The group had requested official registration as a student group at VCU, but this letter from the Dean of Student Life informed Kriegel that VCU’s Board of Visitors had denied their request.
Ultimately, the group filed a lawsuit claiming their rights had been violated. And in 1976, a ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals compelled the group be given space to gather and other basic rights.
The second item is the group’s first newsletter, titled “ The Gayzette” published in November, 1985. Interestingly, 25 cents is handwritten and circled in the upper right corner.
This month, VCU’S College of Humanities and Sciences is hosting a speakers series titled, “Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism” to commemorate the court decision that allowed for VCU’s first queer student organization to exist on campus. This Thursday, Dr. Marc Stein of San Francisco State University, will give the second lecture in the series [...]