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LGBTQ Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Student Organizations

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For current information and news, see the student group Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA).

Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association

Carolina Gay Association Records, 1974-2014 (bulk 1974-1983)

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.

Lambda : the newsletter of the Carolina Gay Association

*materials about these organizations also appear in the LGBTQ Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1975-2014

Campus Y

Campus Y of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1860-2005 (bulk 1950-2005)

The Campus Y organizes programs focused on gender and sexuality issues. Included in their collection are files on Advocates for the Empowerment of Women of Color (AEWC), People Organized for Women's Empowerment and Rights (POWER), Women's Forum, Rape-Free Zone, and Women Against Rape as well as photographs of a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Parade.

GLBTSA Flyer from 2006

GLBTSA flyer