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  • RSO card 1976 #2
    Image | 1976 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1976 and 1977, the RSO cards recorded the purpose of the group as "Gay Liberation."
  • Gay Illini Constitution
    Multi-Page Item | 4 pages | 1975 | LGBT at UIUCThe Gay Illini was the first of many registered Student organizationss that went on to various names and iterations throughout University of Illinois history. Records indicate that the group by this name, also known as the The Gay People's Alliance, was in effect from 1973 to 1989.
  • RSO card 1971
    Image | 1971 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Liberation group. Under this name, statement of purpose was listed as "To advance the political and social rights of homosexuals through education of the heterosexual community.
  • RSO card 1975
    Image | 1975 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Students' Alliance. Along with the name of the group, the purpose statement changed again, this time to, "foster a sense of pride in homosexual students, to inform the general public on the subject, and to provide an alternative to gay bars."
  • Gay Illini fact sheet updated
    Image | 1983 | LGBT at UIUCDocument describing the various programs started and maintained by the Gay Illini. Updated from 1976.
  • RSO card 1976 card #1
    Image | 1976 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1976 and 1977, the RSO cards recorded the purpose of the group as "Gay Liberation."
  • RSO card 1979
    Image | 1979 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1979, the purpose statement of the group changed to "an organization devoted to legitimacy, respectability, and freedom in same-sex relationships."
  • RSO card 1975 #2
    Image | 1975 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Students' Alliance. Purpose statement changed again in the same year, to "devlop a sense of pride in the gay community and to educate the student body on homosexuality."
  • Mayoral proclamation of Lesbian and Gay Pride Day
    Image | 1989 | LGBT at UIUCChampaign and Urbana were the first cities in Illinois to protect the rights of gays and lesbians under the passage of human rights ordinances. In 1989, both city's mayors declared June 28th to be "Lesbian and Gay Pride Day," largely influenced by the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
  • RSO card 1972
    Image | 1972 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Liberation Front. Noticeable changes from previous card show the addition of the word ""Front" to the group name, and the purpose changed again to "the advancement of gay people."
  • Partial Gay Switchboard governance and policies document
    Multi-Page Item | 4 pages | 1979 | LGBT at UIUCOn January 12th, 1976, the Gay Switchboard opened. The Switchboard remains one of the crowning achievements of the Gay Illini. An important aspect of this documentation is that it points to an understanding of and an openness to both transvestites and transexuals in the "LG" (or "GL") community was an important purpose of the Switchboard and it's policies.
  • RSO card 1977
    Image | 1977 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1976 and 1977, the RSO cards recorded the purpose of the group as "Gay Liberation."
  • RSO card 1970
    Image | 1970 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Liberation group. Under this name, statement of purpose was listed as "To advance the political and social rights of homosexuals through education of the heterosexual community.
  • RSO card 1971 #2
    Image | 1971 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Liberation group. On this card, the staement of purpose changed to "combat oppression."