The History of the LGBT Family Equality Movement to be Preserved at Yale University
Family Equality Council, the national organization that represents the three million parents in America who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their six million children today announced an agreement to deed all historical materials related to the organization and its role in the LGBT family equality movement to Yale University. The agreement ensures the preservation of more than thirty years of materials related to the founding, growth and expansion of Family Equality Council and documents the organization's ongoing efforts to advance equality for families with LGBT parents.
The Family Equality Council records include correspondence, planning documents, Governance Board minutes, annual reports, publications, and financial documents. The materials will arrive in Manuscripts and Archives, a department within the Yale University Library, in early 2014, after which work will be done to prepare them for research. They will be part of a growing collection of primary source materials documenting the history of LGBT people at the local, national, and international levels. The acquisition is a result of a generous donation from a long-time supporter of the Family Equality Council.
Family Equality Council is one of several family advocacy organizations across the country whose history has been documented in a project supervised by George Chauncey, Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies and co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities. The goal of the project is to document the history of the LGBT family equality movement in the US. The oral histories, document surveys, and timelines generated as part of the project are being preserved in Yale's Manuscripts and Archives, which also holds the papers of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the litigation group that won the right of same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and other states, and Love Makes a Family, a group that worked to secure the legal recognition of LGBT-headed families in Connecticut. As part of the project, Yale University has provided Family Equality Council with one of the first tangible results of the preservation effort - a historical timeline that traces the legal and cultural history of the LGBT family equality movement. That timeline can be found at www.familyequality.org/timeline.