Gay and Lesbian Education Fund records
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."
- Creation: 1977-1994
- Gay and Lesbian Education Fund (Organization)
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This collection is open for research.
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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.
5 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
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.
Organized into seven series: Board of Directors, Meeting agendas and minutes, Administrative files, Publications, Audio/Visual, Affiliate organizations, and Publications, publicity, and office records.
The collection was donated to The George Washington University by GALEF in 1999.
Reparative Description Project
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
Series 7 Publications, publicity, and office records was originally titled miscellaneous. A project in 2023 added more descriptive titles to the series and folders within the series all of which were also titled miscellaneous. It is unclear why the materials in this series were not added to existing series since the subjects and record types seem repetative. But since ths processing was done years ago by staff no longer with Special Collections no interfiling has been done.
- Guide to the Gay and Lesbian Education Fund records, 1977-1994
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
- 2022 February 28: Finding aid revised to remove homophobic descriptive language. See the processing information note for more information