LGBTQ+ Domers

LGBTQ+ Domers tells the fascinating story of progress and setbacks for the LGBTQ+ community at Notre Dame. From informal gatherings of LGBTQ+ in South Dining hall to a report to the Board of Trustees in the 1990s expressing the need for an LGBTQ+ organization of campus, the 4 to 5 movement in the early 2010s (which created the first recognized LGBTQ+ student organization on campus), the End Hate @ND campaign, and the adding of gender identity into the Discriminatory Harassment Policy in 2020 (but no change on the Non Discrimination Clause) to the continued struggle for LGBTQ+ acceptance at Notre Dame, we have an incredible story to tell. A story of push back by the administration, organizing around issues, and working to make our community more accepting of those in the LGBTQ+ community.

The book will tell the stories of Notre Dame alumni, faculty, staff, and current students from their past 50+ years and the slow movement towards a more accepting campus.  With the hope this book becomes a record keeping of history, a light of hope for future progress, and an idea of where we need to go from here. We want to hear your stories of what it was (and is!) like to go to Notre Dame as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. We want all types of stories from every corner of the Notre Dame campus and from every section of the vast LGBTQ+ community.

What is a story?

Possible Guiding Questions:

  • Was there a particular moment that defined your experience being LGBTQ+ at Notre Dame, for the better or the worse?

  • Was there a particular instance in which you felt the Notre Dame community supported you as a member of the LGBTQ+ community? Was there a time in which Notre Dame made you feel alienated?

  • Did you personally have an LGBTQ+ community to confide in while you were at Notre Dame? Did you feel nervous that this resource would be available before coming here?

  • Were there any resources/clubs/etc. that made you feel particularly accepted or supported you on your journey to acceptance?

  • Did being LGBTQ+ influence the people you formed relationships with?

  • Was there any common theme that seemed to stick with you throughout your LGBTQ+ experiences at Notre Dame?

However, it is your story! We encourage you to write what feels the most authentic and best conveys your narrative and style.

"My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love."
— John 4:7‐8