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GLBTQ2A Resource Center 15th anniversary, GLBTQ History Month

October 8, 2013

Join Colorado State's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Ally Resource Center in celebrating their 15th anniversary and GLBTQ History Month (throughout October).

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning & Ally Resource Center in the 90s

Colorado State University's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, & Ally Resource Center is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year. 

Director Foula Dimopoulos says that the GLBTQ2A Resource Center (the name and acronym have changed over the years) opened on campus in August of 1998 without the fanfare you might expect.

"The center had no physical space to work in until November of that year," said current director Foula Dimopoulos.

"The staff literally operated out of a closet. There's this enduring joke that we 'had to go into the closet to come out of the closet!'"

Serving community

"Eventually we moved our location from the basement of the Lory Student Center to the first floor, where we became visible to millions of people who passed us in the hallway," said Dimopoulos.

"Initially, our name ended with Student Services. This was changed to Resource Center in 2009 during my tenure to better capture what we offer the campus and the community of Northern Colorado.

"During the renovation of the LSC, we've moved to the LSC West, accessible from the east entrance of the Campus Recreation Center. We're very excited to see the Lory Student Center going through its transformation and anticipate seeing our new space there."

CSU celebrates GLBTQ Month

Gay and Lesbian History Month was established in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a history teacher in Missouri, as a month-long celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history.

Over the years, the month has become more inclusive, celebrating the achievements, milestones, and lives of GLBTQ people and communities. 

“GLBTQ History Month is celebrated every October,” Dimopoulos said.

“Colorado State has several events planned. The kick-off event is Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 p.m., in our current space in the LSC West.

“We’ll have cake and ice cream, and other refreshments. We’ll also have a card for folks to sign. We hope to see everyone there!"

More events are scattered throughout October, including:

  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 3 and 7 p.m., LSC Theatre - The semi-annual SOGLBT Drag Show
  • Week of Oct. 21 - Keynote speaker
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 - Send off at the Morgan Library and Special Collections

Evolution of a name

The word "queer" historically has been, and currently is being used in derogatory ways to put people down and contribute to negative climates. Many in the GLBTQ communities have reclaimed the word queer as a place of power and identity.

The word "questioning" is used in GLBTQ communities to signify to those who are questioning or exploring their sexuality and/or gender identity that they are welcome and that they have a place. Unlike "queer," "questioning" refers to a time of life, rather than an identity.

Contact: Foula Dimopoulos