The 1990s

August 1990

GLA changes its name to Miami University Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance (MUGLBA). This is the first time bisexuality is fully recognized for the group. MUGLBA moves its official offices to Shriver Center, placing it in the Student Activities Suite along with ASG (Associated Student Government), BSAA (Black Student Action Alliance). 

June 1990

The Board of Trustees adopts the University’s “Policy Asserting Respect for Human Diversity,” which proclaims, among other principles, Miami’s commitment to establishing respect for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

October 1991

The Domestic Partner Benefits Task Force formed at the request of the Faculty Welfare Committee. Original members were Paul Anderson (Chair), Ann Fuehrer, and Bob Phillips. Others who later worked on the Task Force have been Jim Creech and Kate McCullough.

November 1992

The Domestic Partner Benefits Task Force completes its report, recommending that Miami provide the same benefits to employees with domestic partners that it provides to employees who are married.

February 1993

Miami’s Human Relations Commission endorses the principles of the Domestic Partner Benefits Task Force.

August 1993

The dedication of the Robert Phillips memorial garden and outdoor meeting area behind Irvin Hall. Bob Phillips was an openly gay faculty member who was an original member of the Domestic Partner Benefits Task Force and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Speakers at the dedication included President Paul Risser and also Bob’s partner.

October 1993

The Faculty Welfare Committee endorses the Domestic Partner Benefits Task Force report.

 March 1994

The Lesbian Avengers, another group that formed on campus, staged the first “kiss-in,” a public display of women kissing women and men kissing men on campus.

April 1994

The MUGLBA dance held at Bachelor Hall Courtyard gets egged.

April 1994

University Senate passes a resolution in support of domestic partner benefits.

May 1994

Chameleon folds because a few hateful students infiltrated the group and ruined its confidentially.

September 1994

The University Faculty Assembly concurs with the Senate resolution in support of domestic partner benefits.

October 1994

University President Paul Riser writes a letter to the Board of Trustees in which he reports on the action by Senate and Faculty Assembly but says he will not propose a change in policy to the Board. Since this decision, the Domestic Partner Benefits Task Force has met from time to time with Miami Presidents and other University administrators to discuss full or partial implementation of partner benefits, but it has not made any substantial progress.

September 1995

Anti-gay activities escalate on campus. “Gerbil Fest” poster and “H82BGAY” license plate campaigns become a new Miami tradition with campus conservatives.

October 1996

Upon their May 1996 graduation, Monifa Porter and Leif Mitchell endeavored to build an alumni organization for the Miami University gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) community. Their efforts came to fruition by Homecoming Weekend 1996, which marked the first meeting of 1809 Lambda Alumni.

December 1997

First year Miami students organize the first National Day of Silence (movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them. on campus.

January 1997

GLBA collaborates with a wide-array of multicultural organizations to take over Warfield Hall and place demands for diversity initiatives and change on campus.

September 1998

The Miami University phone book publishes the names of faculty and their partners. The phone book also begins to cross-references names by partner.

September 1998

An Ally/Safe Space program and training begins for all resident assistants and hall directors

February 1998

Miami hosts a Matthew Shepherd Vigil and several participants of that vigil were targeted and harassed.

January 1999

Miami University allows gay and lesbian faculty and staff to form a web page and be listed under university organizations. A listserv is also established to provide better communication among Miami’s GLBT community.