Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles

Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A LGBTQ History of the University of Chicago is a research project of the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality that documents the experiences of LGBTQ individuals and communities at the University from the early twentieth century through the present day.

With plans to collect approximately 100 oral history interviews from alumni, faculty, and staff, and to mine local and national archives for a campus exhibition in Spring 2015, students and faculty involved with this initiative are building on the Center's highly successful research project and publication "'On Equal Terms': Educating Women at the University of Chicago" which ran from 2004-09.

Over the next two years, we will use this space to share our findings and highlight the courses, programs, student work, and digital history stories associated with this research.

Image credit: Chicago Maroon collection, University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf7-03416-001, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Who We Follow

Slate takes a look at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (est. 1976) and current challenges around its “women-born women” rule—bringing up questions of queer spaces, inclusion/exclusion, and generational difference.

Probably the biggest difference from when I first started coming is that festi-goers are older. In the ’80s, we probably had five RVs. Now that’s the most congested area on the land—and second is the Over-50s campsite.

I think our current challenge is to encourage young women to come to festival. So many of them are choosing not to come based on their political beliefs about including transwomen, without ever having spent time on the land. We need to find a way to encourage them to come and make a decision based on their experience.

[click here for rest of interview]

Illustration by Alison Bechdel, from the 1991 Dykes To Watch Out For Calendar