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.

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It’s O-Week, so we’re digging through some recent UChicago queer history!

The Chicago Performers Exporting Gender Blending performed the Bathroom Avengers Hot Ass Sexy Show! as part of the 2003-2004 campaign for gender neutral bathrooms at the University of Chicago.

Anybody for an encore?

p.s. The Office of LGBTQ Student Life maintains a list of gender-neutral and single-user restrooms on campus, here.

Source: QueerAction Campaign: Gender Neutral Bathrooms website.

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