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Cain and Hevel Highlight Legacy of Committee on Gay Education

Tim Cain and co-author Michael Hevel highlight an important and precedent-setting piece of the broader history of LGBTQ+ student rights on college campuses.

The article, published in Review of Higher Education, follows the committed a struggle of the Committee on Gay Education (CGE) at the University of Georgia. Relying on archival documents, contemporary media coverage and subsequent scholarly literature, Cain and Hevel set the events during the 1970s at UGA in context and make the case for their importance to the embattled community and to later gay rights successes.

The efforts of CGE gave LGBTQ+ organizations standing at colleges and universities, set legal precedents for future victories, and increased visibility and awareness of people who identify as LGBTQ+ on campus.

The work of CGE reached beyond Athens. Cain and Hevel write, "[T]he lawsuits these student organizations won not only ensured their existence on campus but also shaped the larger legal trajectory for LGBTQ civil rights in the nation."

Read the full article, “Gay People Pay Activity Fees Too”:
The Committee on Gay Education’s Pioneering Legal Victories at the University of Georgia at

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Monday, September 20, 2021 - 8:06am

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