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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania Records
1979-2013

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Prepared by Timothy H. Horning

May 2014

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PROVENANCE

The records of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania were transferred to the University Archives in 2002 (accession number 2002: 52) and 2014 (accession number 2014: 20). Some materials from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance (LGBA) were transferred from Van Pelt Library in 1998 (accession number 1998: 47) and added to this collection. 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The records of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania are organized into six series – Diversity Education, Domestic Partner Benefits, General File, HIV/AIDS Awareness and Education, Other LGBT Organizations, and Publications – each of which are arranged alphabetically. 

 

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AGENCY HISTORY

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center at the University of Pennsylvania provides support for Penn’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) students, staff, and faculty. It provides a confidential and non-judgmental place in which to embrace and discuss sexuality and gender. The Center seeks to create a sense of community among LGBTQA persons, engender pride, and provide learning and leadership opportunities. It also provides meeting space for several affiliated graduate and undergraduate student organizations. 

The origins of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center date to 1982. Following a spate of disturbing homophobic incidents on campus, the University hired Bob Schoenberg, a Philadelphia-area social worker and 1968 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work, to become the University’s Gay and Lesbian Program Advisor. Schoenberg was to be a permanent spokesman for the LGBTQA community in the university administration, provide LGBTQA students with mentoring and support, and to serve as the official advisor to Penn’s LGBTQA student group, Lesbians and Gays at Penn (LGAP, which became the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance (GLBA) in 1989). Working part-time, Schoenberg divided his time between the Student Life Office and the University Counseling Service. By the early 1990s, Schoenberg had become a full-time director with a support staff, and the Center moved to new space in 3537 Locust Walk. 

In 2000, two members of the Class of 1985, Larry Goodhand and Vincent Griski, presented a major financial gift to Penn. This gift, coupled with donations from other alumni and friends, allowed for the renovation of a historic 1870s carriage house located at 3907 Spruce Street. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania officially opened in its new building in June 2002. 

 

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SCOPE and CONTENT

The records of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania document thirty-five years of education, outreach and support by and for the University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) students and employees. 

There is considerable documentation of the struggle to achieve medical benefits for the same-sex partners of University employees that took place throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s. There is also documentation of the process to create an official university policy regarding HIV and AIDS during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and documentation of the planning and execution of a diversity education event that took place during Labor Day Weekend in 1990. 

The publication series includes community resource guides, clippings of LGBT-related articles from The Daily Pennsylvanian, OUTlines newsletter, and a supplements to The Daily Pennsylvanian that were produced for the University’s annual Bisexual Gay Lesbian Awareness Days (B-GLAD). The material from the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance consists entirely of Daily Pennsylvanian clippings and was integrated into the clippings sub-series. 

Finally, there is a some documentation, mostly in the form of correspondence, pertaining to other University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia-area LGBTQA organizations. 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Subject(s)

  • Homosexuality and education -- United States
  • University of Pennsylvania. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Center

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INVENTORY

 

Diversity Education 

Box

Folder

Diversity Education Committee 1990 

1

1

Evaluations 1989-1990 

1

2

Facilitators 1989 

1

3

Labor Day Diversity Education Program Committee 1989 

1

4

Multi-cultural Experiences at Penn survey 1990-1992 

1

5

Oversight Committee 1989 (1) 

1

6

Oversight Committee 1989 (2) 

1

7

Program Outlines 1990-1991 

1

8

Publicity 1990 

1

9

Small Group Program 1989 

1

10

Study Process 1990 

1

11

Upper-Class Diversity 1990-1991 

1

12

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Domestic Partner Benefits 

Box

Folder

Implementation at the University of Pennsylvania 1980-1990 

1

13

Implementation at the University of Pennsylvania 1990-1992 

1

14

Implementation at the University of Pennsylvania 1993-1994 

1

15

Implementation at Other Institutions 1990-1992 

1

16

Implementation at Other Institutions 1992-1995 

1

17

Implementation at Other Institutions 1996-1998 

1

18

Open Enrollment Handbook 1994 

1

19

Report of the Subcommittee on Domestic Partners' Benefits 1992 

1

20

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General File 

Box

Folder

Bisexual Gay Lesbian Awareness Days (B-GLAD) 1986-1994 

1

21

Bisexual Gay Lesbian Awareness Days (B-GLAD) 1995-1997 

1

22

Committee to Review Guidelines on Open Expression 1990 

1

23

Common Agenda 1990-1994 

1

24

Daily Pennsylvanian 1984 

1

25

Housing/ID Cards 1990-1993 

1

26

Military Recruitment 1982-1983 

1

27

National Coming Out Day 1994-1998 

1

28

New Student Orientation 1985-1999 

1

29

Penn Lesbian and Gay Community Retreat 1990 

1

30

Penn Lesbian and Gay Community Retreat 1993 

1

31

Provost's Retreat 1983 

1

32

Reserve Officers' Training Corps 1985-1996 

1

33

Residential Living 1988-1994 

1

34

Sexual and Racial Harassment 1983-1990 

1

35

Wharton School 1995-2000 

1

36

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HIV/AIDS Awareness and Education 

Box

Folder

AIDS and the Penn Family Conference 1993-1994 

2

1

AIDS Brochure 1983-1987 

2

2

AIDS Education Committee 1987 

2

3

American College Health Association AIDS Task Force 1985-1987 

2

4

HIV/AIDS Awareness Month 1991-1995 

2

5

HIV/AIDS Awareness Week 1988-1990 

2

6

HIV/AIDS Task Force 1991-1994 

2

7

HIV/AIDS Task Force: Policy Committee 1993 

2

8

HIV/AIDS Task Force: Policy Committee Data Subcommittee 1993 

2

9

HIV/AIDS Task Force: Policy Committee Minutes 1992-1994 

2

10

Policy Manual 1985-1993 

2

11

Policy Survey Construction and Responses 1992 (1) 

2

12

Policy Survey Construction and Responses 1992 (2) 

2

13

Sources of Data 1992 

2

14

STD Prevention Week 1987 

2

15

University Policies and Guidelines 1992-1994 

2

16

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Other LGBT Organizations 

Box

Folder

Gay and Lesbian Peer Counseling (GLPC) 1979-1990 

2

17

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Law Student Association (LGBLSA) 1995-1996 

2

18

Lesbian Gay Bisexual People in Medicine (LGBPM) 1990-1998 

2

19

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Social Workers at Penn (LGBSWP) 1992-2000 

2

20

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Staff and Faculty Association (LGBSFA) 1986-1998 

2

21

Lesbian and Gay Graduate and Professional Student Association (LG-GAPSA) 1986-1997 

2

22

Lesbians and Gays at Penn (LGAP) 1985-1998 

2

23

Network of Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae Associations (NetGALA) 1986-1994 

2

24

Northeast Lesbian and Gay Student Union (NELGSU) 1985-1988 

2

25

Penn's Eagerly Awaited Radical Ladies (PEARL) 1992-1993 

2

26

Penn Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association (PennGALA) 1984-1999 

2

27

Penn Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association (PennGALA): Alumni Weekend 1984-1997 

2

28

Penn Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association (PennGALA): Steering Committee 1998-1999 

2

29

Philadelphia Regional Intercollegiate Sexual Minorites Alliance (PRISMA) 1984-1986 

2

30

Philadelphia Regional Intercollegiate Sexual Minorites Alliance (PRISMA) 1987-1988 

2

31

Philadelphia Intercollegiate Gay and Lesbian Alliance 1983-1984 

2

32

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Publications 

Box

Folder

Bisexual Gay Lesbian Awareness Days (B-GLAD) Daily Pennsylvanian supplement 

February 1984 

 OS 1

 

October 1984 

 OS 1

 

1986 

 OS 1

 

1987 

 OS 1

 

1988 

 OS 1

 

1989 

 OS 1

 

1990 

 OS 1

 

1991 

 OS 1

 

1992 

 OS 1

 

1993 

 OS 1

 

1994 

 OS 1

 

1995 

 OS 1

 

1996 

 OS 1

 

1997 

 OS 1

 

1998 

 OS 1

 

1999 

 OS 1

 

2000 

 OS 1

 

2001 

 OS 1

 

2002 

 OS 1

 

2003 

 OS 1

 

2004 

 OS 1

 

2005 

 OS 1

 

2006 

 OS 1

 

2007 

 OS 1

 

2008 

 OS 1

 

2009 

 OS 1

 

2010 

 OS 1

 

2011 

 OS 1

 

2012 

 OS 1

 

2013 

 OS 1

 

Brochures 1987, no date 

3

1

Community Resource Guides 

1996 

3

2

1998 

3

3

2000 

3

4

2001-2002 

3

5

2004 

3

6

2006 

3

7

2009 

3

8

no date 

3

9

Daily Pennsylvanian clippings 

1977-1982 

3

10

1982-1983 

3

11

1983-1984 

3

12

1984-1985 

3

13

1985-1986 

3

14

1986-1987 

3

15

1987-1988 

3

16

1988-1989 

3

17

1989-1990 

3

18

1990-1991 

3

19

1991-1992 

3

20

1992-1993 

3

21

1993-1994 

3

22

1994-1996 

3

23

1996-1999 

3

24

OUTlines newsletter 

Volumes 1-3 1989-1993 

3

25

Volumes 4-5 1993-1995 

3

26

Volumes 6-7 1995-1997 

3

27

Volumes 8-9 1997-1999 

3

28

Volumes 10-11 1999-2001 

3

29

Volumes 12-13 2001-2003 

3

30

Volumes 14-15 2003-2005 

3

31

Volumes 16-17 2005-2006 

3

32

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