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Studying Duke and Durham's LGBTQIA+ History

Your Librarians

Laura Micham, Curator, Gender and Sexuality History Collections and Director, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, Rubenstein Library (

Brief Overview

Front cover of the Fall 2010 issue of Womyn: The Queer Experience featuring an illustration of the Lady Blue Devil taken from a 1970s brochure about Duke's women's athletics program.This session traces the rich history of LGBTQIA+ communities at Duke and in Durham. From the formation of the Duke Gay Alliance in 1972 to the ongoing work of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), queer people on and off campus have created socially, spiritually, and politically active communities for many years. 

In this session, learners will explore these communities through their newsletters, magazines, and other publications.

Learning Objectives:

During this session, you will:

• Practice textual and visual analysis using magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals.

Explore the history and culture of LGBTQIA+ people at Duke as well as in and around Durham.

• Analyze the ways that LGBTQIA+ communities used newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals to communicate, advocate, and celebrate.

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Our Approach to Classes at the Rubenstein Library