LGBTQ History at Georgetown University
The LGBTQ Resource Center occupies a special place in Georgetown's history, as well as in the world of Jesuit higher education. There has been a long and storied history of push for LGBTQ recognition on campus starting with the civil rights lawsuit of 1979, led by students at the Law Center and Main Campus, whose historic ruling led to the official recognition of the right to form a student group in a Catholic institution. The ruling included ALL other Catholic schools (except the Catholic University of America). Established in July 2008 after a long struggle sparked by hate crimes on campus, the Out for Change Campaign led by student body resulted in a crucial historic moment for Georgetown when President DeGioia, in his Townhall address on LGBTQ Issues in October 2007, announced the formation of Working Groups that eventually led to the recommendation to establish a standalone LGBTQ Center within the Division of Student Affairs. The LGBTQ Center is unique: it is the first institutionally funded standalone center at a Jesuit or Catholic school. In its first decade, the Center's Founding Director, Sivagami "Shiva" Subbaraman received boxes of materials related to the struggle of LGBTQ students on campus from various places; namely from various alumni and from the lawyers who did the Pro Bono work for the lawsuit in 1979, among others. This Archive is a collection of all those materials that were submitted to the Center. The collection also houses information about all the programming and events organized by the Center from 2008-2021.