Duke University LGBT Task Force
Established in 1991 by President H. Keith H. Brodie, the Duke
LGBT Task Force makes ongoing assessments of attitudes and conditions throughout
the University regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and
The LGBT Task Force also makes recommendations for changes and seeks implementation
of these recommendations on issues such as (1) the University-wide environment
for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, and faculty;
(2) appropriate supportive services for such students, staff, and faculty;
(3) educational programs for the entire University community; (4) other matters
affecting the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community members
For more information about the Duke LGBT Task Force, please contact cochairs
Sara-Jane Raines (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Damon Seils (email@example.com).
- 1989: Board of Trustees adds "sexual preference" to the
- 1991: President Brodie establishes the Task Force on
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Matters (later amended to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
- 1994: Duke extends "same-sex spousal equivalent"
(domestic partner) benefits to employees
- 1996: Arts and Sciences Council approves Program in the
Study of Sexualities
- 1996: Duke hosts NC Gay Pride Celebration
- 1996: Center for LGBT Life staffed with half-time director,
moved to larger headquarters
- 1998: Duke hosts Southeastern Conference for LGBT College
- 1999: Center for LGBT Life staffed with full-time director
and assistant director
- 2000: Duke Chapel allows same-sex union ceremonies
- 2001: President Keohane endorses the SAFE program
- 2004: Center for LGBT Life moved to new area that doubles
- 2007: Board of Trustees adds "gender identity"
to the nondiscrimination policy and changes "sexual preference"
to "sexual orientation"