LGBTQ ND: A project in progress


A project in progress: Documenting 20th Century LGBTQ student activism at the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College utilizing Observer Archives.

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Thank you for taking time to read about and understand LGBTQ activism at Notre Dame. As active and engaged viewers of this content, we all have the collective responsibility to elevate these voices, stories, and people, and ensure that the messages of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff at Notre Dame can be heard. The article in this archive contributes to the story of the LGBTQ experience, though not a complete representation in any way, at the University of Notre Dame.

This is a collective story of resilience. A collective story of pride, for one's self and one's community. It is the story of the Notre Dame family. The people mentioned and highlighted in these articles helped build the Notre Dame family, ensuring the LGBTQ Notre Dame community is fully a dynamic, energetic, and equal part of the community. These stories are stories of the unheard and unsung champions of justice at the University of Notre Dame.

Purpose Statement:

This website is meant to document as many articles that I could gather in order to provide a comprehensive database of news articles related to queer activism on Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Campus. For the users, this website is meant to be a launching pad of resources for further research on queer activism at Notre Dame as well as to educate on the history of change-makers, activists, and justice-seekers who have pushed Notre Dame to become a more just and welcoming place for all.

How To Use The Website:   
Timeline: The timeline provides a chronological visual of all organizations, events, or important issues that are documented in The Observer. Each entry on the timeline includes a short description of the organization, event, or issue. Users and researchers can use this timeline to visually understand the timeline of queer activism on campus.

Link to Enlarged Timeline (I recommend enlarging)

Table: List organizations or important events that are documented in The Observer. Each row has a category of event, the dates this organization or event were active, the number of unique articles The Observer discusses about them, and a link to each organization or event’s personal page on the website. Each of those pages includes a photo related to the organization, an overall description of the organization/event, and its own table documenting all articles discussing that organization or event. Those tables include the article title, the date it was published, an article category, a short description of what the article discusses, and a link to the newspaper that contains the article. Users and researchers can use these articles for further education on specific issues, organizations, or events, analyze the news coverage of the topic, or other uses that contribute to the fight for queer rights and liberation.

PowerPoint: This PowerPoint contains fifteen influential events in queer activism at the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College. As the note on the second slide discusses, this is not a ranked list of news stories, but rather highlights fifteen unique stories in queer history at Notre Dame that have shaped how the University of Notre Dame approaches and supports queer students today. Users and researchers can use this PowerPoint to get a general understanding of very influential events at Notre Dame that sparked petitions, rallies, op-eds, and other forms of activism for a general education on 20th Century queer activism and life at the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s.

This project is incomplete and does not fully encapsulate the entire scope of LGBTQ activism, much less the LGBTQ experience, at the University of Notre Dame throughout time. There are many voices that may have been missed, silenced, or excluded from telling their stories for a variety of reasons. One hope of this project, among many, is to elevate marginalized voices to allow more voices to speak up--past, present, and future. This sentiment is most eloquently expressed by Lauren F. Klein and Catherine D'Ignazio, co-authors of the book Data Feminism:
"We ask those who find their perspectives insufficiently addressed or their work insufficiently acknowledged view these gaps as additional openings for conversation. Our sincere hope is to contribute in a small way to a much larger conversation, one that began long before we embarked upon this writing process and that will continue long after these pages are through."
(Klein, Lauren F., and Catherine D'Ignazio. Data Feminism, MIT Press, 2020. ProQuest Ebook Central,
Created from ndlib-ebooks on 2020-08-19 13:33:52.)

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