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"We Are/We Have Always Been"

A Multi-Linear History of LGBT Experiences at Bryn Mawr College, 1970-2000

Brenna Levitin, Author
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Town Hall Meeting about Graffiti [1988]

At Bryn Mawr, town hall meetings are often held after large, intense actions relating to issues of diversity. Town halls offer a campus-wide space in which to discuss the problematic occurrences, to process as a community, and to create tangible goals for the future.

In December 1988, directly following the graffiti wars, a town hall was held to discuss the problematic graffiti and its furtive but complete erasure. SGA President and out lesbian Linda Friedrich agreed to help paint over the homophobic and homophile graffiti on two conditions: one, that the college administration document and archive the graffiti; and two, that they hold an open forum to discuss the climate that allowed such actions to percolate.

One alumna recalls that everyone was mad about the pro-lesbian graffiti because it was big and queer, even though the homophobic graffiti was not small. Other students were upset by the administration’s act to paint over the yonic art. The town hall became a heated conversation about the presence of lesbians at Bryn Mawr.
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