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Guide to the Rice University Queers and Allies records, 1981-2013 UA 326
In 1979, future Houston mayor Annise Parker gave Rice professor, Dr. Chandler Davidson, a note with a phone number on it. He then called and heard a man say: "the gay students on campus want to form an officially recognized student group." Davidson agreed and sponsored the group, which took the name The Rice Gay/Lesbian Support Group (RG/LSG). The organization maintained this title until 1986 when it was renamed Gays and Lesbians of Rice (GALOR).
To be more inclusive, GALOR became Pride in 1994. The members wanted to include not only gays and lesbians, but also bisexuals, transgendered people, and allies. During the 2003/2004 academic year, some Pride members created a new group called GATHER (GLBTQAs Advancing Towards a Harmonious Environment at Rice). The impetus for creating GATHER came from the Coach Ken Hatfield controversy in which the football coach made public statements about how he might treat homosexual players. Where Pride served a social function on campus, GATHER had a more social activist thrust. GATHER even had a meeting space in the Wellness Center. Finally, in September 2007, Pride and GATHER joined to become Queers and Allies (Q&A).
Currently, the group sponsors GLBTQ-themed film showings, sponsors speakers, and organizes an annual drag show at Willy's Pub.
This record group charts the history of Queers and Allies through correspondence, minutes, special projects, and memorabilia.
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Some materials are restricted due to the sensitive information contained therein. Each restricted folder is labeled. Access to these records requires written permission from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduates. Contact Woodson staff for instructions. Materials will be restricted until 2063.
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Rice University Queers and Allies records, 1981-2013, UA 326, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
Donated by Amanda Mills and Jessica Williams in 2013. Materials donated by Laura Sawyer in 2014.
Additional materials are expected for this collection.