History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 91

91 and take sworn testimony and often used secret informants who often reported innocuous activities like observations of people eating lunch together or wearing flamboyant clothing. Uniformed police were used to pull suspected homosexuals from classrooms and offices for interrogations. There was much criticism of the Johns Committee’s reason for existence as well as their investigative tactics which often disregarded individuals’ civil rights, but the committee was allowed to continue its investigations through the 1964 publication of its report Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida. This controversial publication created a media backlash related to its graphic descriptions and photographs. The Florida Legislature stopped publication of the report and eliminated funding for the committee by 1965. After much pressure related to the state’s public records law, the Legislature placed a copy of the report in the Florida State Archives with all names redacted except for those of the committee, committee staff, and public officials not under investigation mentioned in the report. By this time, numerous UF faculty and administrators were fired and students were expelled based on these investigat ions. It would take many years for UF to recover and move forward from the negative impact of the Johns Committee investigations of the UF lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In the 1980s, UF Lesbians and Gays (UFLAG) and the Gay and Lesbian Student Union (GLSU) formed. These groups formed in the height of the AIDs epidemic in the U.S. GLSU became a registered student group in 1991. In 1993, GLSU changed its name to LGBSU, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Student Union. In 2000, the group became the Pride Student Union. In 1989, the UF Committee on Sexism and Homophobia formed which became the Gay Lesbian Bisexual (GLB) Concerns Committee. In 2000, the Gator GayStraight Alliance formed, and faculty/staff formed the Rainbow Alliance. These groups paved the way for the UF administration to add sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy between 2000 – 2002. In 2002, the LBGT Campus Climate Report was published which lead to the hiring of the first LGBT Affairs Director within the Dean of Students Office. In 2010, gender identity and gender expression were added to the UF non-discrimination policy. LGBT Affairs was a part of the Dean of Students Office. Today LGBT Affairs is within Multicultural & Diversity Affairs under the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Depa rtment histor ies : Multicultur al a n d Diver sity affai rs