GLBT Community

Important events in the history of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community at NC State.

GLBT Community

1970s

  • 1/12/1972 Triangle Gay Alliance

    The Technician reported on the founding of the Triangle Gay Alliance.

  • 9/24/1973 Letter to the Editor

    The Technician printed a letter "to the Editor and student body at large" in which an unnamed student identified himself as gay but found it "frustrating and depressing."

  • 4/14/1978 Blue Jeans Day

    Gay and lesbian students at NC State celebrated National Gay Blue Jeans Day. Signs in the Free Expression Tunnel advertising the event were defaced.

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  • 12/14/1978 Gay and Lesbian Christian Alliance

    GLCA became an approved student group at NC State.

1980s

  • 1981 NC State Gay Community

    This group was also known as the State Gay Community and State Gay and Lesbian Community.

  • 4/15/1981 Gay Awareness Day

    Gay Awareness Day was sponsored by the NC State Gay Community student group.

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  • 1981 NCSU Gay Educational Committee

    This student organization came into existence in 1981 and may have been active until 1984.

  • 9/1981 Threats in Free Expression Tunnel

    Threats against members of the NC State Gay Community were painted in the Free Expression Tunnel.

  • 1983 AIDS Information Provided

    The university began offering information about AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) in a pre-recorded message on its teletips telephone information service.

  • March 1986 Minority Affairs Bill

    The Minority Affairs Committee was charged to represent the concerns of African-American, Native American, women, the disabled, and the gay and lesbian community on campus.

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  • 1989 Lesbian and Gay Student Union

    The Lesbian and Gay Student Union was a student group, not an office or building, and it was also known as the Lesbian/Gay Student Union. It came into existence in 1989 and was active until 1996. It may have been the first gay and lesbian student group to receive appropriations from Student Government.

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1990s

  • 4/29/1991 Statement on Sexual Orientation

    Chancellor Larry Monteith issued a statement that sexual orientation would not be relevant to educational and employment decisions.

  • 12/1/1993 World AIDS Day

    The commemoration on the NC State campus included an information resource fair, a prayer service, a reading of names, a collection of food and toiletries donations, and other activities. Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt had been on display in Talley and Witherspoon student centers since Nov. 19 of that year.

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  • 3/3/1994 Anti-Hate Rally

    Several student groups organized an anti-hate rally in Harris Field in response to recent rapes on campus, sexual harassment in classrooms, racist remarks from professors, and anti-gay messages in the Free Expression Tunnel.

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  • 2/23/1995 Barefoot Rally

    The Lesbian & Gay Student Union held a rally on the Brickyard to protest Free Expression Tunnel graffiti telling people to wear shoes every day in support of violence again gay and lesbian people. The graffiti had been painted over announcements for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Awareness Week.

  • Fall 1996 BGLA

    The Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Allies (BGLA) student organization was established. It may have replaced the Lesbian/Gay Student Union (LGSU).

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  • Fall 1996 Project Safe

    Project Safe started to create a "safe, nonjudgmental campus climate" for anyone with questions about gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues.

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  • 10/19/1998 Diversity Statement

    Chancellor Marye Anne Fox issued a statement on "Supporting Diversity and Building the Campus Community through Tolerance of Difference." The statement included sexual orientation as one of several factors in making NC State a diverse student body.

2000s

  • 2001 Delta Lambda Phi

    The NC State chapter of this fraternity was established in 2001.

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  • Fall 2002 Student Senate Resolution on Sexual Orientation

    Student Senate passed a resolution requesting the university to add sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy.

  • Spring 2003 Campus Climate Survey

    This was the first assessment of the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students at NC State.

  • 9/2/2003 Non-Discrimination Policy

    Sexual Orientation was added to the university's Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.

  • 2004 GLBT Subcommittee

    Following a general campus-wide diversity survey, the University Diversity Committee formed a subcommittee to develop recommendations for improving the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, and staff.

  • 2005 Changes to the Non-Discrimination Policy

    The university's Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy stated that transexual individuals would be included in the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex.

  • 2007 AEGIS

    A chapter of AEGIS (Accepting and Embracing Gender Identity and Sexuality) was established on campus.

  • 1/23/2008 GLBT Center Opened

    The GLBT Center opened a new office and officially became a department under the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, after years as a resource in within Campus Activities.

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  • 5/6/2009 First Lavender Graduation

    This has been an annual event since this time.

2010s

  • 9/25/2010 NC Pride Parade

    Members from NC State's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Alliance (GLBTCA) attended the NC Pride Parade and Festival in Durham.

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  • 10/20/2010 Rally supporting GLBT community

    Held in the Brickyard, this rally was the first of what later was called the "Ally Rally."

  • 2011 Diversity Education Week

    First organized by students in spring 2011, this has become an annual event to promote awareness and understanding of diverse cultures and foster intercultural understanding.

  • 8/17/2011 First Respect the Pack event

    Originally held at the Free Expression Tunnel, this has become an annual event to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

  • 10/20/2011 State Not Hate Rally

    Following vandalism of the GLBT Center on Oct. 17, the provost issued a statement condemning this act, and a rally was held on the Brickyard to support the GLBT community.

  • 2012 Gender and Non-Discrimination Statement

    The university's Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy first included gender identity and gender expression.

  • 4/6/2016 HB2

    On Apr. 6 Student Senate passed a bill opposing HB2, the "bathroom" bill regulating access to public facilities, as discrimination against transgender individuals. Later in the month, protests on campus occurred outside bathrooms, and the GLBT Center compiled a list of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus.