UVa Pride was founded as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Faculty, Staff & Graduate Student Association in the spring of 1992 to serve the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the University of Virginia community.
While the goals of individual members are diverse, the primary objectives of UVa Pride are to:
Ellen J. Bass
If you are interested in donating in order to support UVa Pride's mission, please mail your check made out to "UVA Pride" by mail or messenger mail to:
UVA Pride, c/o Rick Fleming
ITC - Carruthers Hall
P O Box 400198
Charlottesville, VA 22908-4198
The founding of UVa Pride marked an important advance for sexual minorities at the University of Virginia. Though a comparable student organization has existed since 1972, the faculty and staff worked independently toward the adoption of a policy barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by the University in 1991.
Since then, in addition to the formation of the Association, a number of academic courses have been offered in the history, literature, and psychology of sexual minorities in the United States and other countries. UVa Pride continues to encourage and improve the University's life and work, so as to create an environment supportive of all minorities.
Representatives of UVa Pride meet with the University administration to discuss the concerns of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual faculty and staff and the role of UVa Pride
within the University as a voice of change. UVa Pride is also consulted on issues which directly affect our interests.
U.Va. Pride has been very active in helping to educate and inform the University community and the Central Virginia area on issues such as domestic partnership benefits at UVa, the Commonwealth's anti-gay (Sections 20-45.2 and 20-45.3 of Virginia's Code of Law), and has been active in working with Equality Virginia.
The group had its first meeting on May 12, 1992, in Pavilion VIII. Bernard Mayes pronounced the meeting an historic occasion at the University. A diverse group of about 20 men and women from different parts of the University attended.
After introductions, general discussion ensued about the goals and activities of the organization. Some of the ideas that were raised were as follows.
The group agreed to meet again early in the fall, and to organize a reception in honor of lesbian, gay and bisexual faculty and staff members new to the University, to be held during mid- to late September. In the meantime, Charlotte Patterson agreed to organize an informal meeting of those interested in academic curriculum and library resource issues at some point during the summer months.
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