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LGBTQ Collection

Title:Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer [LGBTQ] Collection
Inclusive Dates:1972, 1976, 1981-2015
Extent of Materials:14 Hollinger boxes, 1 flat box (20.5"x16"), oversized materials (7 linear feet)
Location:NC Room and map case 2, drawer 13 [miscellaneous collections]
Date of Accession:2010-2016
Donor:Joanne Abel, Carol Anderson, Betsy Barton, Nancy Blood, Meredith Emmett, Joseph Fedrowitz, Amy Glaser, Lucy Harris, Meredith Heil, Luke Hirst, Holly Jordan, Collin Lee (on behalf of the Queer Coalition), Carol Place, Kym Register, Cris Rivera, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University, Steve Schewel, Allan Troxler, and Jaye Vaughn
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR
Processor:Cale McCammon; additions by Kristen Merryman and Lindsey Smith
Description:
Subject Headings:Gay communities--North Carolina--Durham--History--20th century.
Gay liberation movement.
Gulley, Wilbur.
Hate crimes--North Carolina.
Photographs.
Protest movements.
Same-sex marriage--Law and legislation.
Scrapbooks.
Lesbian community--North Carolina--Durham--History.
Transgender people
Abstract:
Scope and Content:The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer [LGBTQ] Collection is an artificial collection consisting of materials from the following donors: Joanne Abel, Carol Anderson, Nancy Blood, Meredith Emmett, Joseph Fedrowitz, Amy Glaser, Lucy Harris, Meredith Heil, Luke Hirst, Collin Lee (on behalf of the Queer Coalition), Carol Place, Kym Register, Cris Rivera, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University, Steve Schewel, and Allan Troxler. The materials reflect the activism of the LGBTQ community of Durham and the Triangle area and concern primarily the following events: the April 12, 1981, Little River beatings and aftermath; the 1986-1988 Gay Pride marches, the 1986 push to recall Mayor Wilbur "Wib" Gulley for proclaiming a week dedicated to anti-discrimination and the LGBTQ community's campaign against the recall, the 1993 March on Washington, and the 2012 protests against Amendment One, which proposed to make same-sex marriage unconstitutional in North Carolina. They consist of newspaper clippings from such publications as the Durham Morning Herald , the New York Times , the Independent Weekly , The Front Page , and Indy Week ; photographs; VHS tapes; digital files; meeting files; flyers; scrapbooks; and posters.
Materials donated by Joanne Abel consist of a scrapbook that compiles newspaper clippings, photographs, and articles documenting the events of 1986, including the Durham County Library's controversial gay pride display, the 1986 gay pride march, and the Gulley recall. Abel also donated seasonal issues, price listings, and updates of the women's music catalog Ladyslipper .
Materials donated by Carol Anderson consist of newspaper clippings and petitions concerning the Gulley recall.
Richard Dillwood and Carrie Hart donated three documentaries; 1) QORDS Camp , 2) Keeping it Queer: Camping and Keeping it Queer: Embodying , and 3) Between Friends and Family .
Materials donated by Meredith Emmett consist of a scrapbook, flyers, photographs, and VHS tapes documenting the 1986 to 1988 Durham gay pride marches. They also include newspaper clippings concerning the gay pride marches and the Gulley recall, as well as Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance meetings notes and files concerning the planning of the marches.
Materials donated by Joseph Fedrowitz include correspondence, newsletters, publications, and administrative information for local LGBTQ organizations including the Triangle chapter of Black and White Men Together, the Triangle Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays, the Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance, and North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious Violence. Information from workshops and conferences on HIV and AIDS and from national events such as the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights as well as publications covering events in the international LGBTQ community are also included. Also contains copies of The Front Page and RFD magazine. RFD is the oldest reader written gay magazine in the United States, printed since 1974. From 1978-1985 it was published in Durham. According to RFD 's website, it is a reader written journal for gay people which focuses on country living and encourages alternative lifestyles. The Front Page is a newspaper serving the gay and lesbian population of North and South Carolina.
Materials donated by Mindy Fraiser include photographs of the North Carolina attendees at the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation
Materials donated by Amy Glaser relate primarily to the organization iNSIDEoUT, a gay-straight alliance youth group. Board materials, programs, event fliers, and photographs, as well as the organization's zines, backwords , are included.
Materials donated by Lucy Harris consist of event flyers, programs, and newspaper clippings that announce LGBTQ musical and theatrical performances.
Materials donated by Luke Hirst consist of a CD version of Meredith Emmett's VHS tapes documenting the 1986 gay pride march, pamphlets directed toward Spanish speakers in the LGBTQ community, Bull City SONG (Southerners on New Ground) materials, Durham Unstalled materials, Amendment One protest buttons and posters written to CD, Cuntry Kings materials, oral histories, and periodicals. Durham Unstalled was a grassroots effort to encourage gender neutral bathrooms in Durham businesses.
Materials donated by Collin Lee on behalf of the Queer Coalition consist of notes, posters, and pamphlets of the Queer Coalition's meetings and social events.
Deirdre Lutz donated the paper Lavender Triangle: Evolution of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement in a North Carolina Community, 1969-1990.
Materials donated by Carol Place consist of the Travis Place catalogs, which feature women's cotton underwear. Place, Ginger Travis, and Georgann Eubanks founded the mail order company in 1983.
Materials donated by Kym Register consist of promotional posters for concerts at the Duke Coffeehouse and, most notably, the Pinhook, where a concert was held in protest of Amendment One.
Materials donated by Cris Rivera document protests against Amendment One through flyers, pamphlets, stickers, and newspaper clippings.
The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University donated issues of The Front Page from 1992 and The Newsletter 1990-1995.
Materials donated by Steve Schewel consist of newspaper clippings and organizational records that concern the planning behind and the events surrounding the campaign against the Gulley recall.
Materials donated by Allan Troxler consist of photographs and newspaper clippings that document the LGBTQ protests in response to the Little River beatings. They also include newspaper clippings, buttons, and posters concerning Durham gay pride marches during the 1980s, the protests against Amendment One and Burroughs Wellcome's AIDS drug, AZT, and various musical performances. Troxler designed many of the posters and buttons himself.
Materials donated by Jaye Vaughn primarily relate to the Cedar Chest organization, which advocates for lesbian women of color.
Related Materials:
Restrictions:There are some restrictions on the photographs within the collection. A selection of them are closed until 2022 due to privacy reasons.
Biographical/Historical Note:While we know the LGBTQ community existed in Durham before the 1970s, little documentation exists. This collection documents the community as it moved more into the public eye, particularly after the Little River beatings on April 12, 1981. Durham County Library North Carolina Collection staff and community partners have created a website exhibit that details the history of the community in Durham that can be found here: durhamlgbtqhistory.org
Condition Notes:
Organization of Collection:The collection is organized by the donor. Within each donor's files, materials are organized either alphabetically or in the order in which they were donated. Periodicals are arranged chronologically by publication date.
Digital files and oversize materials have been separated out and can be found at the end of the finding aid. The digital materials are organized as the creator had them organized and file folder names have been maintained.
Container List
Box 1
Joanne Abel
Loose scrapbook materials: Articles concerning Durham County Library Gay Pride Month display1972, 1986
Loose scrapbook materials: flyers and invitations1986
Loose scrapbook materials: Letters1986
Loose scrapbook materials: Meeting notes1986
Loose scrapbook materials: Newspaper clippings1986
Photographscirca 1986
"Break de Chains of Legalized U$ Slavery"1976
Carol Anderson
Campaign against the Recall of Mayor Gulley petition1986
Miscellaneous materials concerning Gulley recall1986
Newspaper clippings concerning Gulley recall1986
Meredith Emmett
1986 gay pride march: Ads and flyers1986
1986 gay pride march: Durham Citizens for Responsible Leadership statement1986
1986 gay pride march: Triangle Lesbian and Gay Committee materials1986
1987 gay pride march: Ads and flyers1987
1987 gay pride march: Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance meeting files1987
1988 gay pride march: Ads and flyers1988
Durham Citizens for Responsible Leadership notes and drafts concerning Citizens for Traditional Moral Government1986
Gay pride march scrapbook1986-1987
Little River beatings protest negatives and composite sheets1981
Little River beatings protest photograph1981
Newspaper clippings Concerning gay pride marches1986-1989
Newspaper clippings concerning Gulley recall1986
Newspaper clippings: Miscellaneous1982, 1986-1988
Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance letters1986-1988
Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance miscellaneous ads and flyers1986-1988
Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance press release1987
Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance: Testimony before the Human Relations Committee on Violence and Discrimination1988
Report of the Resolution Committee, Durham County Democratic Party1986
Southeastern Lesbian and Gay Conference keynote address1988
"What's Wrong with North Carolina's 'Crime against Nature Law?'" handoutcirca 1986
Box 2
Lucy Harris
Event flyers and programs1996
The Newsletter1989-1991
Newspaper clippings concerning LGBTQ musiclate 1980s-1999
Safe sex brochure1992
Carol Place
Travis Place catalogs 1985-1993
Queer Coalition
Event posters and pamphlets2009-2011
Meeting notes2009
Kym Register
Go! Magazine: The Music Issue2008
Promotional concert materialscirca 2008
Cris Rivera
Campaign against Amendment One flyers and pamphlets2012
Campaign against Amendment One stickers2012
Coalition to Protect NC Families donations2012
Liberty newsletter of the American Civil Liberties Union2012
Newspaper clippings concerning Amendment One2012
Steve Schewel
Campaign against the Recall of Mayor Gulley solicitation1986
Campaign against the Recall of Mayor Gulley: Various organIzational records and mailing lists1986
Citizens for Traditional Moral Government, report of contributions1986
Newspaper clippings concerning Gulley recall1986
Press releases and editorials concerning Gulley recall1986
Meredith Emmett
Gay pride march VHS tapescirca 1986
Gay pride march video on CD
Digital versions of Meredith Emmett's VHS tapes documenting the 1986 gay pride march
Gay pride march video, CD1986
Box 3
Joanne Abel, Ladyslipper catalogs
Seasonal price lists, updates, and issues of the women's music catalog Ladyslipper
1. 1976, Creatix Catalog
2. 1988-1990
3. 1991-1992
4. 1992-1993
5. 1994-1995
6. 1995-1996
Box 4
Joanne Abel, Ladyslipper catalogs
Seasonal price lists, updates, and issues of the women's music catalog Ladyslipper
1. 1996-1997
2. 1997-1998
3. 1998-1999
4. 1999-2000
5. 2001
6. 2002
Political buttons [including Our Day Out June 27, 1981 and Against the Amendment]1981-2012
Box 5
Luke Hirst
Amendment One homemade protest signs CD2012
Amendment One protest buttons2012
Articles and periodicals1988, 2001, 2011, 2013
Includes photocopy of Ian K. Lekus' article "Health care, the AIDS Crisis, and the Politics of Community: The North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project, 1982-1996"
Bull City SONG (Southerners on New Ground)2010
Cuntry Kings2005
Durham Unstalled--Equality NC conference presentation2010
Durham Unstalled--Plumbing code and proposed changes2010
Durham Unstalled--Pride 20102010
Event programs2014-2015
Forum: "Diferentes estilos de vida"2013
LGBTQ Center of Durham steering committee2014
Modern American Queer History2001
Music CD: Des Ark Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker2010
Music CD: Midtown Dickens Fender Extra Hvy2005
Music CD: Midtown Dickens Oh Yell!2007
Music CD: The Butchies 32001
Music CD: The Butchies Are We Not Femme?1998
Music CD: The Butchies Population 19751999
Oral histories with Lucy Harris, Alex Cordova, Neeve Neevel, Amy Glaser, Beth Bruch, Vaness Fixmer-Oraiz, Grover Wehman-Brown, Arthur Herring, Patricia Harris, Erin Linn, Larry Wright, and Jaye Vaughn 2011-2015
Spanish-speaking community programs2012
Queer Coalition
"Queerzilla" labelscirca 2009
Humorous labels that may have been used to decorate a poster or as labels in a party setting
Box 6
Mindy Fraiser
1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation1993
Richard Dillwood and Carrie Hart
QORDS Camp
Keeping it Queer: Camping and Keeping it Queer: Embodying
Between Friends and Family
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture--Duke University
The Newsletter (2 folders)1990-1995
Box 7
Nancy Blood
Feminary notes2013
Newsletter recollections2015
Triangle Area Lesbian Feminists (TALF) recollections2015
DCL Collection
Feminary [Volumes 8-15]1977-1985
Deirdre Lutz
Lavender Triangle: Evolution of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement in a North Carolina Community, 1969-19901991
Jaye Vaughn
Cedar Chest Club materials, including issues of the Cedar Chest Communicator1993-1996
Box 9
Joseph Fedrowitz
Black and White Men Together (BWMT)--Newsletters1987-1992
BWMT--Administrative1988-1989, undated
Contact information for members of BWMT and bylaws for the Triangle chapter of the organization
BWMT--Publications and Mailing1989-1990
Event calendar, the National Association of Black and White Men Together Journal from 1989, flyers, and some promotional material for BWMT.
BWMT--Correspondence1988-1989
Letters regarding events being held by the Triangle chapter of BWMT
Media and art1984-1986
Brochures and information related to the Alternative Media Information Center in New York
International publications1985-1988
Copies of Paz y Liberacion , a newsletter directed toward the Latin American gay community as well as newspaper articles and other publications related to the international gay community
AIDS information and conference materials1985-1987
Material related to the AIDS in the Black Community Conference as well as general information, brochures, and publications about AIDS and those who are affected
Raleigh and North Carolina State University (NCSU)1985-1987
Communication to the Raleigh Human Resources and Human Relations Advisory Committee regarding harrassment issues, vandalism, and violence against citizens of Raleigh because of their sexual orientation. Materials related to a subsequent public hearing on the issue, as well as communication to the NCSU chancellor's office regarding similar problems on campus.
Triangle and National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays (CBLG)1986-1987
Newsletters, correspondence, brochures, meeting minutes, and other material about the CBLG, both in the Triangle and nationally
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights1987
Local and national event plans, brochures, articles, and flyers related to the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
Box 10
Joseph Fedrowitz
Triangle Lesbian and Gay Alliance (TLGA)1987-1988
Publicity material for the 1987 Triangle Lesbian and Gay Pride March and Celebration as well as newsletters, brochures, and other general information about the TLGA
North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious Violence 1987-1994
Newsletters, articles, and other material related to AIDS and race, as well as a 1989 report on violence and hate group activity in North Carolina
HIV Workshop Materials1988
Brochures, manuals, and other materials for HIV workshops sponsored by the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention of the National Association of Black and White Men Together
Miscellaneous materials1986-1990
Letters, journals, publications, and other materials from a variety of LGBTQ organizations not represented in the rest of the Fedrowitz papers
The Front Page1988
Issues of The Front Page , a newspaper serving the gay and lesbian community of North and South Carolina.
Box 11
Joseph Fedrowitz
The Front Page1989
The Front Page and Other Newspapers1990
Front Page issues from 1990 as well as issues of the New York Native, Gay Community News , and BLK .
RFD Magazine1977
A quarterly publication written by readers, focused on alternative lifestyles and country life.
RFD Magazine1978
RFD Magazine1979
RFD Magazine1980
Box 12
Joseph Fedrowitz
RFD Magazine1981
RFD Magazine1982
RFD Magazine1983
RFD Magazine1984
RFD Magazine1985
Box 13
Amy Glaser
Backwords issues2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014
iNSIDEoUT banquet programs 2006-2014
iNSIDEoUT board files2006
iNSIDEoUT board files2006-2007
iNSIDEoUT board files2007-2008
iNSIDEoUT board files2008-2009
iNSIDEoUT board retreats2005-2013
iNSIDEoUT Decade Book2016
iNSIDEoUT events--Rally in Raleigh, YA for Change2005
iNSIDEoUT events--Vamanos!2007
iNSIDEoUT handouts2005-2015, undated
iNSIDEoUT "Update" newsletters2012-2014
Gay-Straight Alliance articles2005
"Race, Your GSA, and You" workshop materials2006-2007
Box 14
Amy Glaser
Triangle Gay-Straight Alliance Network files 2004-2005
Triangle Gay-Straight Alliance Network files2005
Workshop and brainstorming activities2005, 2009, 2014
Allan Troxler
Burroughs Wellcome AZT drug demonstration1988
Correspondence1981
Directory of Progressive Organizations in Durham1989
Gay Men's Folk Dancingn.d.
Gay pride march letters1981, 2010
Gay pride march posters and flyers1981-1987
Gay pride march and recall buttonscirca 1986
"A Lovely Walk" booklet2012
Little River court case1981
Newspaper clippings concerning gay pride marches1981, 1986-1987
Newspaper clippings concerning the Little River beatings1981
Photographs of Little River beatings protests and marches1981
Press statements concerning Little River beatings1981
Our Day Out materials1981
Our South 's prison outreach effort1980
Writings by Troxler1985, 1988
Box 15
Holly Jordan
Sendolo for School Board campaign items2014
Betsy Barton
Articles on AIDS crisis, Gay parents, and US Supreme Court decision on sodomy1986
Library Pride Month exhibit1986
Triangle Lesbian and Gay Pride March materials1986
Wib Gulley recall flyers1986
Wib Gulley recall newspaper clippingsJune-July 1986
Wib Gulley recall newspaper clippings31625
Oversized materials
Box 8
Joanne Abel
Scrapbook1986
Loose scrapbook pages 1-61986
Loose scrapbook pages 7-121986
Oversized Ladyslipper issues
Fall-winter, 1983-1984
Fall-winter, 1990-1991
Spring 1991 Update
Fall-winter, 1991-1992
Fall-winter, 1992-1993
Spring 1993 Update
Meredith Emmett
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights postercirca 1987
Kym Register
Concert posters2007-2012
Cris Rivera
Campaign against Amendment One display2012
Allan Troxler
Oversized photographs of Little River beatings protests1981
Oversized posters1981, 2012
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture--Duke University
The Front Page1992
Luke Hirst
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival poster2015
Map Case 2, Drawer 13
Allan Troxler
Our Day Out posters1981
Amendment One posters2012
Miscellanous oversized handouts
Joseph Fedrowitz
Gay pride march posters1987, 1989
The Front Page1986, 1989
Queer Coalition
Event posters and meetings notes2009
Digital materials
Meredith Heil
Whistlin' Dixie--Queers Sounds, New South, mp42011
Film about queer musicians in the South featuring many Durham bands including Midtown Dickens, Humble Tripe, Bellafea, Mount Moriah, The Butchies, and Pink Flag
Luke Hirst
Cuntry Kings show photographs2005-2006
The Butchies poster and show photographs2012
el Centro Hispano float photographs2009
Marriage equality Day One in North Carolina photographs and video2014
Oral history interview with Beth Stringfield and Cris Rivera https://soundcloud.com/durhamhistory/beth-stringfield-and-cris-rivera-10-17-15
Amy Glaser
backwords issues2007-2014
iNSIDEoUT banquet programs2006-2015
iNSIDEoUT updates2012-2014
Media clippings2005-2013
Photographs and video of iNSIDEoUT events2009-2015
Some photographs are restricted from use until 2022 due to privacy issues. Please see an NC Collection staff member for more information.
Web formsn.d.