LGBT Alliances: Collections

Many of the victories in decades—long struggles for LGBTQ equality would not have been possible without the contributions of the many gay and lesbian alliances formed in the second half of the twentieth century. The collections listed below are organizational records from several Lesbian, Transgender and Gay alliances. They allow researchers to track the alliances evolution over the years, internal conflicts, collaboration with other groups, and ultimately gain a deeper understanding of how they helped shape the current state of LGBTQ equality.
  • Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance Archives, ca. 1972-1994

    The Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) was founded in 1972 by a group of supportive women that splintered from the Women’s Liberation Center of Atlanta and the LGBTQ liberation movement to focus and promote specifically on issues of concern to homosexual feminists.

    This collection is distinguished by its comprehensive library of periodicals. The entire run of Atlanta can be found here alongside hundreds of other newsletters, newspapers, and magazines covering bisexual, LGBTQ, feminist, transgender, and progressive issues. Themes include politics, social justice, women’s issues, and religious and spiritual interests. Titles range from widely distributed monthlies to obscure and ephemeral grassroots newsletters.

    ALFA offers a uniquely southeastern perspective on the community and feminist movements in the last decades of the twentieth century. The breadth of the archive renders it pertinent to cultural historians as well as researchers and students studying political history.

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  • Gay Activists Alliance 1970-1983

    This collection of records gives an overview of the militant American homophile movement (the LGBTQ rights movement including LGBT people and their allies) from 1970 to 1983, taken from the now-disbanded, nonprofit Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) members. The GAA was founded in response to the Stonewall riots of 1969, and it was intended to be a militant yet nonviolent organization assembled to promote civil and social rights for LGBT people and the community. It focused on attaining fair employment and housing; fought against laws specifically targeted at gays, bisexuals, and transgender people; and attempted to reduce police harassment. 

    The collection itself is composed of four distinct categories: committee files, topical files, printed ephemera, and international lists of LGBT organizations and publications. The committee files are composed of records from various committees working within the GAA. The topical files include miscellaneous documents of internal record, such as meeting minutes, by-laws, and election questionnaires as well as documents related to the GAA’s LGBT studies research project. The printed ephemera is comprised of articles and press releases issued by the GAA and other homophile committees.

    These records document a key period in the community's attempt to obtain better LGBT civil and social rights. Because the GAA was formed as a direct consequence of the Stonewall riots, the collection of these materials offers essential information of the homophile movement’s shift away from the passive education espoused by preexisting organizations like the Mattachine Society.

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  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Stanford University Records

    The information in Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Stanford University Records comprises one of sixteen collections from the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the world’s largest repository of LGBT materials. These files document the lives of community members and school students from 1940 to 2012, the organizations they founded, the discrimination they faced, and the devastation brought on by HIV and AIDS. Most of the items concern individuals, school students, or group members from California.

    Founded in 1972 as the Gay People’s Union, a gay alliance, formed to advocate and provide support for school students, faculty, and staff at the Stanford campus, the LGBT community as a whole, and those affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. 

    This collection is a vital resource for school students, educators, and anyone researching the many facets of LGBT life for students in California, and other parts of the United States, in the second half of the twentieth century.

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