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 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender

At the 1985 annual conference in San Diego, eight delegates decided to "officially" go to dinner together to the Chart House for a "night on our own" dinner.

Those delegates were:

  • Ray Myers, University of Utah
  • Barb Kistler, Colorado State University
  • Mims Harris, Colorado State University
  • Mick Ellis, Cornell University
  • Ed Stansil, Emery University
  • Dick Scott, San Francisco State University
  • Warren Wiese, Moorhead State University
  • Colette Berge, North Dakota State University 

The group had a great time together, and yet it was much bigger than good company and conversation. It was the seed of creating the GLBT Concerns Committee. Kistler and Ellis agreed to write a proposal requesting ACUI officially recognize the committee. Berge presented the proposal to the Executive Board in 1985. The board accepted the proposal. At the next conference, there were 16 at dinner, followed by 32 the year after, then more than 120 at Petunia's Restaurant in New Orleans in 1988. The trend continued and dinners for this community and its allies are offered at each annual conference. 

Educational content was also presented at the annual conference regarding homophobia in the 1980s, bringing more awareness to the community.

Updated March 6, 2013
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