Spectrum empowers and supports LSU lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities as well as their allies, by providing social support, education, programming, and opportunities to participate in campus and community activism.
Spectrum, formerly GBLSU (Gays, Bisexuals, Lesbians, and Supporters United), originally began as GLSA (Gay and Lesbian Student Association) in the fall of 1977. The first meetings were off-campus, at private locations, due to the nature of the group. At the time, members of the LGBTQ community weren't readily accepted. In 1999, a group of students disconcerted with the mostly non-public nature of the LGBTQ movement at LSU formed Spectrum Alliance, which was intended to be involved in public activism and social change on campus.
During the Spring and Summer semesters of 2005, a group of students gathered to reorganize GBLSU as a primarily social organization. Shortly thereafter, Spectrum Alliance went inactive due to upperclassmen moving on after graduation, leaving no group to tend to the political activism that had been its goal.
In response to needs expressed by the LGBTQ student community, GBLSU decided in Summer of 2008 to restructure itself to include small scale political activism and renamed itself Spectrum, after the defunct activist organization. Plenty of people around campus still refer to "Spectrum Alliance," thinking of the old group -- it was relatively short-lived, but it left a lasting impression!
Since reorganizing in 2008, Spectrum has grown into an organization with over 100 active members, and has successfully organized dinners out, classroom panels, campus-wide forums, lobbying campaigns at the state legislature, and a statewide conference. Whatever your interest is in the LGBTQ community at LSU, Spectrum has a place for you!