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State Delegates Approve Bill Forcing Universities to Fund Discriminatory Groups

January 31, 2013 Comments off

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 80-19 today to approve HB1617, a bill that would invite any religious or political university student group to discriminate as they please and still require the campus to providing them funding and access to campus facilities. This would make LGBT students particularly vulnerable to discrimination because universities’ protections for sexual orientation are not enforceable under Virginia law. Click here for more information.

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Athlete Ally Founder to Speak on Campus

January 16, 2013 Comments off

Hudson Taylor founded Athlete Ally in January of 2011. An athlete all his life, Hudson experienced demeaning humor in high school and college athletics, but befriended LGBT people when studying theater and Interactive Performance Art at the University of Maryland. Seeing the juxtaposition between the theatre department and the locker room, Hudson felt it was imperative that he confront a side of sports that no athlete should be proud of: sports marginalize LGBT athletes, coaches and others through systemic homophobia and transphobia. Hudson decided that he could no longer watch from the sidelines as his athletic culture isolated and segregated LGBT athletes and betrayed the integrity and diversity at the heart of athletics.

When Hudson wore an LGBT equality sticker from the Human Rights Campaign on his wrestling headgear, he encountered criticism from his peers, but received positive attention from the media. Following his presence in the media, Hudson received hundreds of emails from parents and closeted athletes. This experience inspired him to found this non-for-profit organization, with the mission of educating, encouraging and empowering straight athlete allies to combat homophobia and transphobia in sports.

Hudson Taylor to speak @ W&M
January 28th @ 9pm
Sadler Center – Commonwealth Auditorium

WM GALA Celebrates 25 Years In Wren Great Hall; W&M President and Rector Attend

November 1, 2011 Comments off

William and Mary GALA’s Silver Anniversary celebrations filled Homecoming weekend, October 21-23 2011, in ways the Founders could have never foretold in 1986. From the opening Birthday Party and Reception on Friday night in the Botetourt Gallery at Swem Library, through the Saturday night banquet in the Wren Building’s Great Hall, to Sunday Brunch, all events went as exactly as planned with great attendance. The Banquet was sold out, with the Great Hall’s limited seating capacity proving to be the barrier to several members who had hoped to get a last minute seat.

College officials were very much in evidence throughout the weekend, including past Dean of the Library Connie McCarthy, the newly-installed Dean Carrie Cooper, Rector of the College (and GALA member) Jeff Trammell, and President of the College, Taylor Reveley.

The Directors’ Cup was presented, for only the third time since it was created in 1993, to Gary Cowling for extraordinary accomplishment in his career as well as for being the longtime organizer of the William and Mary Alumni team for AIDSWalk New York.

Thanks to Margaret Cook, Assistant Director at the College’s Center for Student Diversity, we have a full photo gallery covering the weekend’s events. We also have a new video gallery with video taken at the events.

Welcome

August 13, 2011 Comments off

2011 “Silver Anniversary” Homecoming Schedule

August 13, 2011 Comments off

25th Anniversary Logo
Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of W&M GALA
one of the first gay and lesbian alumni associations in the country, founded 1986

Friday October 21st, 7-9pm, Swem Library’s Botetourt Gallery

Birthday Party and Reception (with cake, of course)
the premiere of a new documentary on GALA, and a special literary guest
Botetourt Gallery, Swem Library
Admission Required

Saturday October 22nd, 6-9pm, The Sir Christopher Wren Building

25th Anniversary Cocktail Hour and Formal Dinner
Great Hall of the Wren Building
Admission Required

The Celebration Continues
Private Residence, off-campus
9pm-1am

Mailings have gone out to members for whom we have a correct mailing address. If you haven’t received yours, or if you are not currently a member but would like to join us, you may download the package of information and registration form here. Hotel reservations may be made now, asking for the GALA group rate, by calling the Williamsburg Clarion Hotel Historic District, at 757-229-4100.

Discovery of Wren Building Dependency Structure Opens New Story of African-American Role

August 13, 2011 Comments off

For the second summer in a row, archaeologists at William and Mary have opened new chapters in the history of African-American slaves in Colonial Virginia. Last year, it was the determination that the ROTC office building is the oldest known structure built for the education of African-American children.

This year, while surveying the open area to the south of the Wren Building for sidewalk repairs, they have discovered the foundations of a substantial dependency structure that may have been a kitchen, laundry and/or living quarters for the slaves that made academic life possible for the William and Mary students and professors of the early eighteenth century.

Sidewalk construction has been postponed while the College raises money for a full scale archaeological dig that they hope will be conducted next summer to determine the exact size of the building and purposes it served.

WM GALA Now Choice on ‘my1693’

July 19, 2011 Comments off

As of July 11, 2011, users of the William and Mary Alumni Association’s social networking platform, my1693, will be able to choose W&M GALA as an affiliation choice in their menu of College related interests. News of this change will be mailed to all members in the upcoming general mailing for dues renewal and Homecoming scheduling, but users who currently are part of the my1693 community are encouraged to log in and make that change now. If you’re not currently part of the my1693 community, GALA encourages you to join.

GALA has striven for decades to establish ties and cooperative relationships with the Alumni Association, and this is a major step forward in these efforts. Special thanks go to Karen Cottrell, Executive Vice President of the Alumni Association, and Jeff Trammell, GALA member and rising Rector of the Board of Visitors for making this happen.