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Gender, Love, and Sexuality Alliance (GLASA) Collection

Identifier: SCA-0094

Scope and Contents

The GLASA collection comprises the group's varied ephemera, notes, and other materials over the years of its operation. The bulk of the collection is a set of twenty-three journals kept in the GLASA office between 1987 and 2017. GLASA members were encouraged to contribute writing to these journals. Entries vary from upkeep/general updates from club officers to stories to drawings to brief hello messages. Long-form correspondence between members is common among entries, particularly for members who could not attend regular meetings or get-togethers.

Additionally, the collection contains one marble journal from a GLASA member's classwork, eighteen photographs from events during the 2014-2015 academic year, as well as materials from various CUNY Pride events from 2010- present, including one event book related to a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on campus in 2010, various materials from CUNY PrideFest, one program from Stonewall 50: Remembering Transpeople of Color Panel Discussion on July 27, 2019.


  • 1987

Conditions Governing Access

Access to files containing personal information are subject to restriction for up to 6 years from creation. Restriction is lifted on January 1st of year following 6th year from creation.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Biographical / Historical

The Gender, Love, and Sexuality Alliance (GLASA) has operated on-campus since at least the mid-1980s (exact start date uncertain). It is unclear if GLASA is related to/ an evolution of the Gay Student Association, which served a similar role of community building in the 1970s.

Over the years, the organization has worked in a myriad of capacities under the broad umbrella of improving campus life for queer students. The earliest journal in the collection begins in February 1987, and is the first such journal used by the club (then calling itself GLU, the Gay and Lesbian Union.) At the time, a wave of activist energy was about to break forth in relation to queer New Yorkers and the AIDS crisis. Less than a month after the club's first entry, the direct-action group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) formed at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. ACT UP, alongside other organizing and service groups during the period, would have tremendous impact on queer communities in New York by presenting a powerful coalition of activists fighting to secure improved care and access to medications for people with AIDS (PWAs). As many PWAs were gay men, bisexual and transgender people, and lesbians, the enthusiasm generated by the AIDS justice movement was a catalyst for a younger generation of queer organizers, including several GLASA members. 1987, thus, was a year of enormous consequence for GLASA and the queer community at large.

During the early years that the journals cover, the club adopted several functions on campus. The club maintained a room in the student union where members could regularly meet and develop relationships with other queer and allied students. Additionally, the group planned actions on-campus akin to those of ACT UP, Queer Nation, Women's Health Action and Mobilization (WHAM!), and other contemporary organizations that ranged from tabling to disruptions to challenge homophobia on-campus.

The club room was vandalized on several occasions by antigay actors, and posters for GLASA events were frequently torn down during this period. By the mid-1990s, club members were also regularly traveling together for organizing meetings and actions such as the 1993 March on Washington, as well as less formal group trips to Fire Island and other locales outside the city. SEEK professor and Lesbian Herstory Archives co-founder Joan Nestle regularly spoke with and informally advised the group. At some point during this time, the group's name was altered to the Lesbian and Gay Union (LGU) before reverting back to GLU.

The club was well embedded in local Queens queer life. A contingent marched every year in the Queens Pride Parade, and club meetings were posted in the Long Island Gay Community Center's monthly calendar. It is unclear if non-students ever attended meetings as a result of this public promotion.

By 2002, the club changed its name to GLASA (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance). The group became less involved in direct action or overtly political events, while still advocating for greater safety and acceptance on-campus. Adam Rockman, then the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, served as the group's advisor. He was succeeded in this capacity by JC Carlson, then-Manager of Events Services.

Sometime before the 2013 school year, the group changed its name once more to PRISM: The Sexuality and Gender Alliance. In 2017, the group changed its name back to GLASA, now standing for the Gender, Love, and Sexuality Alliance.

In an interview with the Knight News, 2017 GLASA President Jordan Mendoza said of their activities: "It’s a club where people will grow and the more people learn about the issues that arise in the LGBT+ community, the better their understanding will be on how to solve these problems."

As of November 2022, GLASA is temporarily unchartered on campus, with plans to resume the club in the future.

For more information on GLASA, see club Instagram, Facebook, and 2017 article in the Knight News linked above.


2.42 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger boxes and one flat box)

Language of Materials



The Gender, Love, and Sexuality Alliance (GLASA) is a student association at Queens College. GLASA functions as a space for LGBTQ+ students to interact in community with one another. The collection primarily consists of the club's journals, as well as supplemental materials related to GLASA events.


Materials in the Journals series are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

GLASA journals from 1987-2014 were donated by Jacque Etienne, GLASA President, on behalf of and in collaboration with GLASA as a whole on April 23, 2014. Journals from 2015-2017 were additionally transferred by J.C. Carlson, Associate Director of the CUNY LGBTQI+ Consortium and the Queens College Student Life Events Manager/LGBTQI+ Programs Coordinator, in 2019. Additional ephemera from GLASA events from 2010-2019 was collected by Special Collections and Archives staff. 

Processing Information

Materials in the Journals series reordered chronologically. Supplementary materials organized on item level.

This collection was processed thanks to the generosity of the Freda S. and J. Chester Johnson Civil Rights and Social Justice Archives Endowment.


GLASA Journals
Dani Stompor
December 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us