Saturday, November 9, 2013

Questioning Queer

A recent complaint filed with the Colorado State Attorney General takes issues with Colorado College's use of the term 'queer' as a gender identity option on the college's job application. The story has attracted some media attention and the LGBT Oral History Project was asked to comment. This story should remind us of the importance of dialogue and the continued need to share perspectives.

Take a look at our comments in the HuffPost.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ginger Morgan: "It's Just Who You Are"

I am happy to share this clip of a recent interview conducted with a long-time member of the Colorado College community, Ginger Morgan.

Ginger - who will soon leave her post as the Associate Dean of Students - reflected on her own spiritual and intellectual growth and shared stories from her time at Colorado College. The full interview audio and transcription will be available in Tutt Library's digital repository in the coming months.

We wish Ginger and her family the best of luck on their new adventure!

Interview: Ginger Morgan 

Interview Date: May 17, 2012
Interviewer: Andrew Wallace 

After attending high school in India, Ginger graduated from Colorado College in 1986 with a degree in Political Science. Prior to her latest role as the Associate Dean of Students (2005-2012), Ginger held numerous other positions at CC, including in Summer Programs, in Admissions as an Assistant Director, and as Chaplain. Ginger and her partner are the parents of energetic twins.

Here is her story:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Karl Jeffries: "We Have it Hard"

Dear Readers,
I am thrilled to finally share with you some of the work we have been doing these past months. For too long I have felt like we were sitting on stories that needed to be shared. The voices of Colorado College alumni, faculty, and staff who have contributed their memories to the project thus far are inspiring and moving testaments that shed light on times gone by. They are quant, personal, deep, and loving. They are real, hard, unpolished, sincere, and surprising. I hope you find them as engaging as I have. What follows is an edited and condensed version of one of our first interviews. We hope to communicate the experiences of our narrators in an interesting, engaging, and most importantly, accurate way.

As this project continues to grow I look forward to seeing - and hearing - much more from this community's amazing past. I send sincere thanks to all those who have participated in this work so far and hope that you will continue to follow our progress. Without further ado, please take a listen to our first project interview.

Andrew Wallace

Interview: Karl Jeffries 

Interview Date: October 15, 2011
Interviewer: Andrew Wallace
(complete interview transcript available upon request)

Karl Jeffries came to Colorado College on a scholarship from the small mining town of Urivan in southern Colorado in 1987. If you try to google this place you will find that it doesn't exist anymore. It was designated a EPA Superfund Cleanup site when Karl was sixteen. He moved and graduated from Cortez High school.

Here is his story:
contact us for audio.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

"We don't believe we should legislate what happens inside a church or place of worship, but government should treat all people equally ... It's time to pass civil unions."

-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in his State of the State address, January 12, 2012

In the News

If you have not seen it yet, check out this story that appeared in the October 14th issue of the Catalyst, CC's own student newspaper. Lizzie Schoder speaks to Andrew Wallace about how the project got started and where it hopes to go. Find the article here.

[NOTE: The article mistakenly states that Amendment 2 was voted into law in 1972 and overturned by the  Supreme Court in 1986. Amendment 2 was actually voted into the Colorado constitution in 1992, to be overturned by the Supreme Court in 1996 in the case of Romer v. Evans.]

Introducing "Remember When..."

I am excited to announce a new element of this blog, the 'Remember When' series. Don't dwell to much on the title (I didn't) but do ask yourself the question. Do you remember when in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association decided that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness? Do you remember when the Matachine Society became one of the first organizations fighting for the betterment of the lives of homosexuals? You probably don't. I certainly did not come across this stuff in my high school history classes.

We will be periodically posting vignettes of interesting and important moments in queer history, providing links, videos, and other cool online resources to (hopefully) inspire a curiosity in the past and provide context for our own project interviews when they are published here. Stay tuned for our first posting next week!

And if you know of a historical moment that you think we should feature, by all means send it our way! You could even write the post yourself!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"It's Time" : A Second Try for Civil Unions in Colorado

Thinking historically, as we have been doing here at the history project, can have the effect of distracting us from important contemporary issues facing the LGBTQ community. It is easy to relegate injustice to memory and take comfort in the belief that things are surely better than than were. No doubt things have changed and yes, the progress we have seen in this country has largely been away from injustice and towards more just and equal treatment of non heterosexual Americans. After all, we can watch boys kissing on prime time television and gay men and women can serve openly in the military. Something is changing...

Despite this progress - and I certainly do not mean to belittle the important victories achieved - there is much to be done, much to fight for still. I was reminded of one of these persistent impediments to equality this evening at  a rally for civil unions hosted by One Colorado and the Strong Families Coalition right here at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center. The event brought together supporters and activists from around the state to recognize the official start of One Colorado's 2012 Campaign for civil unions. The rally just happened to coincide with the opening of 2012 legislative session. Hours earlier Sen. Pat Steadman (D- Denver) introduced the Colorado Civil Union Act to the General Assembly.

Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, addresses the crowd at the civil union kick off rally. January 11, 2012.

We heard from community members, activists, mothers, lovers, and allies dedicated to fighting for legislative action that would provide same sex couples those most basic rights currently denied them. As it was iterated and reiterated this evening, it's time for change.