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A Queer Past: The Emergence of LGBT+ Student Organizations in Middle Tennessee

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dc.contributor.advisor Norkunas, Martha Odom, Quinlan Day 2020-05-01T19:01:22Z 2020-05-01T19:01:22Z 2020
dc.description.abstract In 1979, Middle Tennessee saw the formation of the Student Coalition for Gay Rights (SCGR) at Austin Peay State University (APSU). The Student Coalition for Gay Rights became the first LGBT+ student organization to receive official recognition at a public institution in Tennessee. Almost ten years later, MT Lambda emerged at Middle Tennessee State University. In my thesis, I look at the history of both organizations and examine the processes they went through to enact change on their campuses. I rely on student newspapers, university documents, and legal records to better understand how these two organizations formed, the arguments used to invalidate their existence, and the ways the SCGR and MT Lambda pushed back. Both organizations were fighting for visibility within their own communities, much like LGBT+ student organizations across the United States.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject American history
dc.title A Queer Past: The Emergence of LGBT+ Student Organizations in Middle Tennessee 2020-05-01T19:01:22Z
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.contributor.committeemember Holloway, Pippa
dc.thesis.degreelevel masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University M.A.
dc.contributor.department History en_US

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