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Student Organizations. Gay Straight Student Alliance Records

Finding Aid & Inventory

The Gay Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) was an advocacy group on campus, founded as the Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) in 1990. This collection contains materials documenting GSSA's work and community members. Materials include a petition and newspaper clippings regarding Wake Forest's decision to ban same-sex unions on campus, a timeline displayed by the LGBTQ Center about the GSSA, brochures, programs, and artifacts.

Biographical and Historical Note

Wake Forest's Gay Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) was founded as Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) on December 3, 1990. GSSA focused on advocacy and education, as well as creating a space for LGBTQ students on campus. In 1999, members from student groups including GSSA, Black Student Alliance, and Jewish Student Organization created a temporary advocacy group called Student Association for Equality (SAFE) to protest the University's decision to ban same-sex unions in Wait Chapel.

Collection Overview

This collection contains materials documenting GSSA's work and community members. Items include a petition from the Student Association for Equality, protesting Wake Forest University's decision to deny a same-sex union from occurring on campus, newspaper clippings describing the controversy, a timeline about the GSSA, award plaques, a t-shirt, and other resources and brochures offered to students.

Collection Inventory

  • AIDS memorial quilt event promotional poster (2002) Box 3 Item 2
  • Aids Care Service, Inc. service award to WFU GSSA plaque (undated) Box 4 Item 3
  • The Front Page Directory: A Business Directory for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community  (1998) Box 1 Folder 8
  • Gay and Lesbian Support Group flier (circa 2012) Box 1 Folder 5
  • GSSA Presidential Award plaque (2003-2010) Box 4 Item 5
  • "How to Make a Panel" brochure (2006) Box 1 Folder 10
  • Perry L. Patterson Award plaque (1998-2010) Box 4 Item 1
  • Photographs (circa 1990-2001) Box 1 Folder 6
  • Same-sex union in Wait Chapel controvery clippings, Winston-Salem Journal  (1999) Box 1 Folder 9
  • "A Service of Covenant: Celebrating the Union of Wendy Scott and Susan Parker" program (2000) Box 1 Folder 7
  • Student Association for Equality clippings (1999) Box 1 Folder 11
  • Student Association for Equality petition (1999) Box 1 Folder 12
  • "That's Mr. Faggot to You" t-shirt (undated) Box 4 Item 2
  • Timeline: Alumni quotes (circa 2012) Box 2 Folder 6 Box 1 Folder 1
  • Timeline: Backlash to the GSSA (circa 2012) Box 1 Folder 3
  • Timeline: Campus activism (circa 2012) Box 2 Folder 5
  • Timeline: Chris Cooper materials (circa 2012) Box 2 Folder 1
  • Timeline: First Winston-Salem Pride Parade (circa 2012) Box 1 Folder 2
  • Timeline: Images (circa 2012) Box 1 Folder 4
  • Timeline: Martin Price materials (circa 2012) Box 2 Folder 2
  • Timeline: Same-sex union in Wait Chapel (circa 2012) Box 2 Folder 3-4
  • Anti-Westboro Baptist Church petition from Old Gold and Black, sponsored by GSSA (1998 October) Box 3 Item 3
  • Wil Hawk, GSSA founder, celebrating with Perry Paterson plaque (2001 October) Box 4 Item 4

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Student Organizations. Gay Straight Student Alliance Records
ID
RG8.22
Date [inclusive]
1998-2012, undated
Extent
3.64 linear feet  2 document boxes, 1 record carton, 1 oversize box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2018 October
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Student Organizations. Gay Straight Student Alliance Records (RG8.22), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

Related collections in ZSR Special Collections and Archives include:

  • Office of the Provost. LGBTQ Center Records (RG22.3)

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