• 07 Sep 2013 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The search for the next candidate for the Fund for Reunion Fellowship in LGBT studies has begun! This 3 year post-doctoral fellowship is paid for by FFR/Princeton BTGALA and administered by the Society of Fellows in the Council for the Humanities. Find out more at
  • 13 Aug 2013 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Jeanne Brossart, 78, passed away peacefully at home on June 30, 2013. She was a pioneer at working for non-discrimination of gays and lesbians in the public health nursing field. She entertained us for several years in our newsletter with reports from a trip across the United States in an RV. I will miss her adventurous spirit in our community.

    Read the obituary here:
  • 04 Aug 2013 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Pam Voekel '85 writes: "Attorney Teresa Renaker (MHC '86) is back in the national news this week, this time for striking a blow for transgender equality in the workplace. She also recently won a major case that will change pension law for same-sex couples for the better. Go Res!"

    On July 8, 2013, the Complaint Adjudication Office of the Department of Justice (DOJ) found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) discriminated against firm client Mia Macy on the basis of her transgender status in its decision not to hire her as a Ballistics Forensic Technician at its Forensic Science Laboratory in Walnut Creek, California. Ms. Macy is now eligible for back pay, back benefits, and attorney’s fees, among other remedies, and the ATF must take steps to prevent future discrimination. For more information, see the final decision here.

  • 02 May 2013 10:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Carla Tomaso '72 and Mary Hayden '70 have been together since they were students at Mount Holyoke. Carla talks about her new book, her life with Mary, and her experience as a third-generation lesbian in this wonderful interview in the Advocate.

  • 24 Apr 2013 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Sandy Clockedile '88 and Marie Bacchiocchi '88 are dealing with a serious bone cancer diagnosis for Sandy. You'll have to create an account with Caring Bridge, or log on via Facebook, to read her story and her journal. 

  • 24 Apr 2013 9:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 175th anniversary website was updated in April to include more remarkable alums, and two of the added people were out lesbian alums.

    We are happy and proud to see them listed there! Congratulations, Joan and Ginny!
  • 21 Apr 2013 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The purpose of our group is to welcome LGBT alumni, faculty, and students 21 and over who harken from the Ivy League schools, Seven Sisters schools, Little Ivies, Public Ivies, MIT, and Stanford as well as their partners and friends, for social, educational, and professional networking. Also welcome are those with outstanding personal abilities, intellect, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes. The fundamental rule for the group is personal integrity and mutual respect so that we learn, grow, and, most importantly, have fun. We will start with small impromptu events for now. You are also welcome to organize other meetup opportunities through the group.
  • 06 Apr 2013 12:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Mount Holyoke College, a private women’s college in South Hadley, only admits students who are legally women, according to Lynn Pasquerella, president of the college. She said that the college relies on applicants to tell the school their gender.

    Pasquerella said that while Mount Holyoke seeks to be as inclusive as possible, the college believes that if they admitted transwomen, they would run afoul of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination but has an exception for single-sex colleges.

    “We’re constrained by the law,” Pasquerella said. “If someone is not legally female, we can’t admit them and keep our federal funding.”

    Pasquerella said that Mount Holyoke is discussing the implications of transgender students with other women’s colleges.

    “We are first and foremost committed to being a women’s college,” she said.

    The admissions policy at Mount Holyoke has not been challenged by any applicants, Pasquerella said.

    Read the whole article here:

  • 05 Apr 2013 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Anne MacKay, passed away on April 26, 2012 at the age of 84. In 1970 she sent a letter to her college's alumnae magazine about being gay at Vassar, but the editors rejected it. That inspired her to continue documenting the experiences of lesbians at Vassar, and in 1993 her first book, Wolf Girls at Vassar: Lesbian and Gay Experiences 1930-1990, was published. Anne helped found the Lesbian and Gay Alumnae of Vassar College. When asked what advice she would like to pass on, she said, "What I know is that I think the most important word is 'let's.' Let's do it. Let's try. Let's go. And things don't happen because people don't imagine them. And if you can imagine something, you can get everybody to help you do it."

    A Vassar alum wrote in her obituary in Lesbian Connection: "Fare thee well, Anne, I love you. As one of the many Vassar Wolfgirls whom you inspired and encouraged to come forth and create a vital lesbian and gay community at Vassar, I miss your gentle, warm and deeply intelligent guidance."

  • 28 Mar 2013 11:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Calliope Wong, a high school senior from Connecticut, has twice sent an application to the prestigious all-female Smith College, but her papers have been returned without even an official admissions review.

    It's not her grades or SAT scores, but her self-identity as a transgender female.

    Wong, 17, was born male, which her family indicated on her federal application for financial aid in order to coincide with her Social Security number. But her admission materials describe her as female.

    Smith has told her it cannot process her admission application as a female because the gender markers on her forms conflict.

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