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Title:Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network records
Date:1987-2001
Location Code:72/4, FF5/D2
Reference Code:M86
Extent:1.7 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records document the activities of the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network, including labor and political advocacy, fund raising, education, and public relations. Records include meeting minutes and supporting materials, administrative records, correspondence, photographs, and subject files.
Historical Abstract:The Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network is a Boston-based, non-profit, membership organization established in 1987. It campaigns for lesbian and gay liberation, fights against homophobia in the labor movement, and educates the lesbian and gay community about the importance of unions, organized labor, and the struggles of working people. The Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network has provided support to mainstream union campaigns, represented gay issues at various unions' meetings, and campaigned for domestic partner benefits and non-discrimination language in employers' policies. Among its greatest achievements is its role in forming a national organization for lesbian and gay labor rights, Pride At Work, in 1994. Pride At Work became a constituency group of The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in 1997, and the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network is now considered a local Pride At Work organization
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Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network
  • Pride at Work (Organization)

  • Gay labor union members -- Massachusetts
  • Gay rights -- Massachusetts
  • Gays -- Employment -- Massachusetts
  • Gays -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Massachusetts
  • Homosexuality in the workplace -- Massachusetts
  • Labor unions -- Social aspects -- Massachusetts
  • Lesbians -- Employment -- Massachusetts

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Materials:

The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activist Network , which is accessible at: http://wayback.archive-it.org/1747/*/http://gallan.org/

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Natalie Garza, June 2003

Scope and Content Note

These records document the activities of the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network, such as political and labor advocacy, fund raising, education, and public relations. Well documented events and programs include the fundraiser in support of the United Farm Workers and Fenway Community Health Center, the campaign to defeat the anti-gay referendum in Massachusetts in 1990, the campaign against Governor William Weld, participation in the Stonewall conference in New York in 1994, and the organization's 10th anniversary celebration. The bulk of the materials concern the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network meetings, including flyers, announcements, and minutes. Additional materials include administrative records, correspondence, a few photographs of activities, and subject files. Also documented are meetings to plan a national labor organization. Memorabilia includes a queer labor T-shirt, a cap commemorating a meeting of Pride At Work, and bumper stickers.

Historical Note

The Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network is a Boston-based, non-profit, membership organization that was established in 1987. Beginning as a series of potluck meetings to meet other gay and lesbian union activists, the group's focus soon led to serious discussion about issues such as being out at work and in the union. It became evident that the needs of gay and lesbian workers were not being addressed, so the group decided to promote a pro-gay agenda within the labor movement. To this end, the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network adopted the dual mission of struggling for lesbian and gay liberation and against homophobia in the labor movement, and educating the lesbian and gay community about the importance of unions, organized labor, and the struggles of working people.

Since its inception, the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network has worked on a range of projects that reflect the mission of the organization. Members have been visible in the labor community, providing support to campaigns of mainstream unions, such as that of the local teamsters against Burke Distributing Company. Members also have spoken at union meetings and brought gay and lesbian issues to the forefront of the labor movement. Additionally, the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network members have campaigned for domestic partner benefits, bargained for non-discrimination language in company policy, and worked on legislative and political campaigns.

Of particular interest are the local projects in which the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network was involved, including the benefit for the United Farm Workers and Fenway Community Health Center in 1989. This event brought together the two sides of the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network, the labor community through United Farm Workers and the lesbian and gay community through the Fenway Community Health Center. In 1990 the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network was occupied with three major campaigns: the Committee to defeat the anti-gay referendum, negotiations with Fenway Community Health Center to build its new building with union labor, and the Walk for Life. In 1992, the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network worked with other unions to organize a forum on HIV in the Healthcare Workplace. In 1994, it joined with several other organizations in a campaign to defeat Governor William Weld.

Among the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network's greatest achievements is its role in forming a national organization for lesbian and gay labor rights. In 1993, the group joined with gay and lesbian union activists from California, New York, and Washington, D.C. to begin the process of establishing a national movement. At the Stonewall Conference in New York in June 1994, Pride At Work, the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender labor organization was established. Pride At Work became a constituency group of The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in 1997, and he Gay and Lesbian Labor Activists Network is now considered a local Pride At Work organization.

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BoxTitleDate
General
1, FF5/D2Activities (27 folders)1987-2001
1,2,3Memorabilian.d.
1Related Activities and Organizations (2 folders)1991-2000
1Statement of Purposen.d.
Pride at Work
1March on Washington and The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Reception1993
1Nationaln.d.,1996-1999
1New England (5 folders)1994-2000
1Organizing Committee for a National Lesbian and Gay Labor Coalition1992-1993
1Stonewall Conference1994
Subject Files
1California Gay Labor1991-1993
1Domestic Partner Benefits1991-2000
1Domestic Partner Bill: Massachusetts1997
1Gay and Lesbian Almanac Project 1994
1Gay and Lesbian Issues in Boston1991-2000
1Gay and Lesbian Labor in Boston1987-1994
1New York Gay Labor1991-1992