In 1971, two quarter-time employees walked into a closet-sized room in the Michigan Union and taped a simple sign to their door. The sign, scribbled in black sharpie, read “Human Sexuality Office.” Jim Toy and Cindy Gair had no idea that this simple and revolutionary act would be the spark of a 40 year tradition of serving the needs of University of Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally-identified communities. The office has since grown in both staffing and space, and has evolved in its portfolio of program offerings and outreach efforts, but the basic, fundamental, core work of the Center remains constant: to build a community where people can be their most authentic selves and to facilitate the growth of the community through education, outreach, advocacy and resources.
The Spectrum Center celebrated its 40th anniversary in many ways, hosting the MBLGTACC conference in February, hosting various film screenings, and culminating in an 'alumni weekend' that brought hundreds of alumni and students together to celebrate the past and plan for an even brighter future.
We hope that these commemorative videos and pictures help you recapture the weekend!
Alumni/Student Connections, Presenations, Rainbow Tailgate