In the mid-1970s, the Carolina Gay Association, which evolved into
the Carolina Gay and Lesbian Association in the 1980s, was a major
LGBTIQ presence on campus for many years.
In 1998, the Queer Network for Change was born; however, because of
the negative connotations surrounding the word "queer" that the time
and its unwillingness to seek out straight allies, the group only
saw floundering success.
The GLBT-SA was conceived in Pamela Conover's Politics of Sexuality
class in the spring of 2002 by straight ally Alice Newton.
"I never felt comfortable at QNC meetings," says Newton, who
graduated last year.
She, along with several of her LGBTIQ friends, including current
GLBT-SA Unity Conference Director Trevor Hoppe, wanted to form an
organization that brought the straight and LGBTIQ communities
Since its inception, the general body has become more and more the
driving force behind the GLBT-SA. Business meetings aren o longer
held in secret, as they originally were, and general body members
have become more active in planning events like Coming Out Week.
Last year the club suffered from organizational problems and took a
month-long hiatus, but it returned stronger than ever in Spring
2004. The club revitalized LAMBDA, the oldest student-run LGBTIQ
magazine in the nation, and formed an activist organization, the
Committee for a Queerer Carolina.
"This year the GLBT-SA is coming into maturity," says Hoppe, citing
the production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and the strong
interest from students of all ages as a sign of the club's progress.