History at Luther

Here's a timeline of LGBTQIA+ events at Luther College:

  • 1972 - the Human Relations Committee of the Community Assembly (a governing body on campus) created the Human Sexuality Subcommittee. The subcommittee's ultimate goal was "to make it possible for every person on this campus to look at every other person not as male or female, not as homosexual or heterosexual, but as a human being."
  • 1979 - the LGBT support group AWARE was first organized quietly in 1979 to be a support group for gay and lesbian students.
  • 1984 - AWARE becomes more publicly known, although it is not recognized as an official student organization; initially they applied to be one, but ultimately withdrew their application because student orgs were required to produce lists of officers and members, and AWARE wanted to protect the privacy of its members. 
  • 1988 - Members of the Human Relations Committee become aware of gay students being harassed and work on developing strategies to combat this. Panels and discussions on human sexuality, including discussions of homosexuality, are held to educate campus, as well as sessions about AIDS; the committee recommended these panels be held on an annual basis. Other recommendations the committee makes include better interpersonal training for RA's, harassment guidelines, and appointing a faculty advisor to AWARE. 
  • 1993 - AWARE sponsors the trip of 40 Luther students and staff to Washington D.C. for the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. After the march, the student organization FLAG (Friends of Lesbians and Gays) was founded on campus to serve as an educational resource for all interested in promoting equal rights.
  • 1995 - Alumni magazine announces that AWARE is working with the Alumni office to create the AWARE Alumni Resource Network (AARN), to put current students in AWARE in contact with alumni. 
  • 1999 - FLAG changes its name to GLBTA (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Allies) .