An exhibit showcasing the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender life on the UO campus is on display through October in the Eugene Airport, located on the first floor near the baggage claim. The exhibit is entitled “Creating Change: Forty Years of LGBT Activism at the University of Oregon” and was created to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the UO Standing Committee on LGBT Concerns.
The documented history of LGBT life on campus started in 1969 with the creation of a student group, the Gay People’s Alliance. The GPA was the first gay student group founded at any college or university on the West Coast. Years later, an atmosphere of homophobia on campus led to discrimination that was eventually addressed by the task force established by President Myles Brand in 1989. The president’s task force was charged with analyzing the degree to which discrimination based on sexual orientation existed on the university campus and how it negatively affected the lives of students, faculty and staff. The Task Force was also charged with creating a plan to reduce or eliminate intolerance, insensitivity, and discrimination against gays and lesbians on the campus, and to create a more accepting environment. A detailed timeline is included in the display that chronicles the history of LGBT history on the UO campus.
The exhibit includes a copy of the presidential task force, as well as posters, photographs, reports, artifacts, and images from the student yearbook, the Oregana.