The Georgia Tech Pride Alliance serves the LGBTQIA and Ally community on campus and beyond. The collection also documents the Georgia Tech Gay Academic Alliance, the Gay Alliance, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA). The records include correspondence, email, reports, charter and by-laws, marketing materials, meeting minutes and agendas regarding the business and activities of the student organizations. The records also hold reports, meeting minutes and agendas, emails and memorandum documenting Georgia Tech policies including the Aids Task Force and subcommittees.
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The Georgia Tech Pride Alliance records contain correspondence, email, reports, charter and by-laws, marketing materials, meeting minutes and agendas regarding the business and activities of the student organization and its predecessors Gay Alliance and Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA). The records also hold reports, meeting minutes and agendas, emails and memorandum documenting Georgia Tech policies including the Aids Task Force and subcommittees.
The Georgia Tech Pride Alliance organization succeeds other student groups and intitiatives concerned with serving the LGBTQIA campus community. Founded on January 27, 1977, the Georgia Tech Gay Academic Alliance promoted a positive Gay awareness within the Georgia Tech community by providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas concerning homosexuality and gay lifestyles. The Georgia Tech Student Activities Committee approved the group’s charter for recognition as a student organization on May 18, 1978 and shortened the name to the Gay Alliance. The Gay Alliance met every two weeks to provide support to members of the Georgia Tech community who identified as gay and to offer information concerning homosexuality and Gay issues to the campus community at large. The Student Activities Committee revoked the Gay Alliance charter in 1983 due to inactivity. On February 11, 1988, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) received recognition as a chartered student organization. They incorporated the mission of the Gay Alliance group with networking, speaker series, and volunteer work that served Gay and Lesbian youth and people with HIV/AIDS. The group met weekly and began the annual Georgia Tech Coming Out Week events (COW) and created the “Safe Space” Training Program in collaboration with the Georgia Tech Office of Diversity. While the support for the organization continued to improve, GALA faced resistance on and off-campus, which is documented in the records. GALA renamed itself as Pride Alliance assuming the membership and role of its predecessors. Pride Alliance continues to serve the LGBTQ and Ally communities on and off Georgia Tech's campus through programs and events.
The records of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance were donated to the Georgia Tech Special Collections and Archives by officers of the organization. Accession #2002.089 and #2014.060.
Amanda Pellerin processed these records in Spring 2018.