DVD: An oral and visual history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 60 interviews of those in the community and their straight allies. Interviews conducted by Jeff Smith.
Milton E. Ford (1942-2014), professor of liberal studies at Grand Valley and founding director of the university’s LGBT Resource Center, joined Grand Valley’s faculty in 1973 and celebrated receiving his 40-year service award in December 2013. A compassionate teacher and lifelong researcher, Ford will best be remembered for leading efforts to integrate the LGBT community with university academics and its student life. Ford also served as faculty advisor to Out N About, Grand Valley’s gay/straight student alliance, and as a trainer for Allies and Advocates. The files used for Ford’s personal reference include photographs, correspondence, teaching materials, and copies of different changes made to monograph. The collection also includes materials from conferences Ford attended, as well as information that pertains to the opening and operations of the LGBT Resource Center.
This collection relates to the local and Western Michigan gay and lesbian community since the 1980s and includes a series of 10 oral history interviews. At Grand Rapids Public Library; Grand Rapids History & Special Collections; Oral Histories
Michigan Nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain and administer 650 acres of undeveloped land in Walkerville for the use and benefit of women and girls (former location of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival)
Master's Project in Education: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) safe zone or ally trainings are increasingly common in higher education since the 1990s but reinforce normativity and fail to provide skills and tools for creating systemic change. This project summarizes the history and future potential of social justice allies in higher education and provides a model network of faculty, staff and students committed to mutual teaching and learning and collective action for a socially just campus.