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Early Gay Liberation Movement at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1971-1978
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UDA Recognizes Gay Lib

The Union Drive Association (U.D.A.) Recognizes Gay Liberation, November 7, 1973

UDA recognizes Gay Liberation

UDA recognizes Gay Lib

Although a quorum of members were not present, the Union Drive Association (UDA) main cabinet held a meeting Monday and passed a bill concerning recognition of the Gay Liberation Alliance (GLA).

A quorum, according to Robert's Rules of Order, must be present when roll call is taken in order to conduct a meeting. Main cabinet defines a quorum to be two-thirds of the members. Because 17 of the 48 house members were absent, a quorum was lacking.

Gary Coop, Norman House representative, presented a bill requesting "recognition and sanction to the GLA," by main cabinet.

Currently, the GLA is not recognized by the Organization and Recognition Control Committee (ORCC). GLA is going before the committee next quarter to ask for recognition, Coop said.

"The basic idea of the bill was to test vote grass root support for GLA," he said.

The bill does not ask for financial backing of main cabinet, but supports that GLA is a "bona fide organization" according to Stephen Court, GLA member.

ISU Volunteer representatives, Lue Baker and John Anderson, gave a slide presentation on volunteer programs available to Iowa State students. ISU Volunteers serve as the "campus clearing house for campus activities" by suggesting group projects and individual activities to volunteers, Baker said.

Programs presently needing volunteers, the speakers said, are the Mitchellville Girl's Training School buddy program and musicians to help at the Marshalltown Old Soldiers Home.

In other business, UDA President Jim Bruzek said no decisions have been made as to the future of the Tea Room in South Friley.


The UDA is the Union Drive Association. It consisted of three dormitory groups - Friley Hall, Helser Hall, and Westgate. Friley was known for serving the worst food on the planet in the 1970s. It was the largest university dorm complex in the country from its initial construction date until the 1960s.

The dorms at Iowa State, at least in the 1970s and earlier, were subdivided into houses, which grouped together about 30 to 50 or so people from a floor or region of the dorm into what essentially functioned the same as a fraternity for them.

Steve Court was one of the first guys still living in the dormitories (if not the first) to be publicly out of the closet while still there; he lived in Norman House in Helser Hall (which was in the U.D.A.). I believe Dave Wolz and Steve Duhr also fell into this admirable group at one point. I had to admire their courage for doing this, as I couldn't imagine living in the dorm with the pressures of being openly gay. I was pretty amazed things worked out as well as they did for these folks.

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