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Gay and Lesbian Education Fund records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2052

Collection Scope and Content

This collection of materials focuses on the establishment and the work of the Gay and Lesbian Education Fund located in Washington, D.C. (GALEF). Originally established in 1980 as the Gay Activist Alliance Education Fund (GAAEF), the goals set forth by the organization was to help educate the general public, specifically the straight community, about gays and lesbians by sponsoring and supporting events and programs.

Housed in 9 document boxes, the collection measures approximately five linear feet. The collection covers the period from 1977-1995. The bulk of the collection is dated from 1980 to 1988. Among the items in the collection are correspondence to and from the various board members, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence with affiliate groups, clippings, advertisements and a videotape of the former cable TV show "One in Ten."

Dates

  • 1977-1994

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

The Gay and Lesbian Education Fund was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1980. Originally called the Gay Activists Alliance Education Fund, an offshoot of the Gay Activists Alliance, the organization's mission was to secure full rights and privileges for gays by educating heterosexual American citizens about gay concerns. The founding members of the organization were Harvey Yampolsky, Mayo Lee, Delores Cole, Alberto Bastida, Aundrea Scott, Vince Turner, Alexa Freeman, Michael Waters and Tom Ainora. GALEF located its registered office at 1469 Church St. NW. Melvin Boozer, one of the incorporators of GALEF's by-laws and president of the Gay Activists Alliance, was the initial registered agent at this address. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, GALEF took part in and supported various projects to help further their ideals. A few of these projects were aimed at the college student population at campuses such as George Washington, Georgetown and American University.

In the early 1990s, the organization was involved in a highly visible and controversial Metro advertising campaign. The campaign was intended to create awareness that homosexuals were also people with families. The controversy was centered on how the ads were presented with the use of derogatory terminology used perhaps for shock value and to demonstrate the hurt people may feel when those terms are used to refer to them.

By the mid-1990s, GALEF was continuing its practice of supporting individuals or groups with projects that helped further the crusade for equal rights for gays.

Extent

5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Collection documents on the establishment and the work of the Gay and Lesbian Education Fund located in Washington, D.C. (GALEF). Originally established in 1980 as the Gay Activist Alliance Education Fund (GAAEF), the goals set forth by the organization was to help educate the general public, specifically the straight community, about gays and lesbians by sponsoring and supporting events and programs.

Collection Organization

Organized into seven series: Board of Directors, Meeting agendas and minutes, Administrative files, Publications, Audio/Visual, Affiliate organizations, and Miscellaneous.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to The George Washington University by GALEF in 1999.

Processing Information

This finding aid was revised in 2022 to address homophobic terms used in the Historical note at the collection level. The terminology was deemed not necessary for description and since it was written by previous staff the note was edited to remove the offensive terms and paraphrase the note to provide the same message. Previous versions of this finding aid are available. Finding aid before revision in February 2022 for Gay and Lesbian Education Fund records

Title
Guide to the Gay and Lesbian Education Fund records, 1977-1994
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2022 February 28: Finding aid revised to remove homophobic descriptive language. See the processing information note for more information

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America