A history of GLAPN
The Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN) was formed in October 1994 by community-based historians to preserve the history of sexual minorities in our community.
GLAPN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by Thomas Cook and friends in October 1994.
Impetus for founding GLAPN came from Allan Berube and his national series of workshops, advocating the need for communities to start efforts in preserving their gay and lesbian heritage.
GLAPN maintains strong alliances in the LGBTQ community, striving to discover, preserve and share the diverse heritage of all colors of the LGBTQ rainbow.
GLAPN rose to the challenge of starting an archive in Oregon that scholars and writers could access when documenting and researching queer source materials of historical interest.
We were fortunate at our beginning to partner with the Oregon Historical Society, a private archives foundation in Portland with a mission to preserve Oregon’s collective cultural heritage. This relationship would present a dual benefit: GLAPN's collections would be stored in perpetuity as a public trust, and the Oregon Historical Society could open a new library section dedicated to queer studies.
Over the years, GLAPN has become a respected resource, and as times have changed, interest in queer history has increased. GLAPN has, from time to time, conducted gay history walking tours, sponsored panel discussions, and helped other queer organizations in their own archiving efforts. The archive at OHS has become a welcome resource for scholarship. Researchers and writers have made use of the GLAPN collections for content, thus continually expanding the collection’s overall reach and value.
GLAPN Board of Directors, 2017
Robin Will, President
Robin (he/him), a native Oregonian, spent his working years in the publishing industry in the Pacific Northwest, both as a writer/editor, and on the production management side of the business.
Ampersand Crates, Secretary
Ampersand (they/them) holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science. They have both volunteer and paid experience in local LGBTQ youth programs, and are currently developing information about the history of programs for queer youth in the Portland area. Quite recently, they devised a way to get GLAPN’s collection of oral histories organized and online.
Ismoon Maria Hunter-Morton
Ismoon (she/they), a past president of GLAPN, holds advanced degrees in library science and history. She created the library at Portland Q Center and the archives at Cascade AIDS project, and was appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber as a Trustee of the State Library in 2013.
Allen (he/his), another former GLAPN officer, holds a Masters Degree in Library Science, and has been heavily involved in archival work at Cascade AIDS Project for several years.
Danni (genderqueer, pronouns vary) is retired from a career in information technology. He is a veteran community activist, including years with the Northwest Gender Alliance and police/community work through the Sexual Minorities Round Table in Portland. She is currently chair of the Oregon Chapter of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), is chair of Clackamas County PFLAG. Danni/y is also a member of the Basic Rights Oregon Education 501c3 board.
Now retired from a career in Portland’s business community, Harold (he/him) has been a leader in the gay community since the mid-1970s when he became the first African American elected Emperor of the International Court System. He has participated in countless charity benefits and is considered to be the region’s foremost authority on Rose Court (ISRC) history and traditions. Harold has received international recognition for his charity work.
Pat (she/her) currently teaches the Queer History Capstone class at Portland State University, in which GLAPN is involved. She is one of GLAPN’s founding members (1994) and past officers, and was active in the campaign to gain spousal benefits for same-gender employees at Tektronix. She holds a Master’s in History from Portland State; her dissertation was on the Oregon Citizens Alliance Ballot Measure 9 of 1992.
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