Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

In February 1980, members of the Gay and Lesbian Student Education Union (GLSEU) applied to become a club on campus. When the NOCCCD Trustees denied their application, the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in with a lawsuit which sought to compel the trustees to extend recognition to the homosexual club. On advice of their lawyers, the trustees responded by withdrawing recognition of all clubs in May. In this photo, Karen Schmidt, the 17-year-old head of the GLSEU, is shown addressing the trustees in a March meeting. At the meeting, the GLSEU received a lot of community and student support, but one individual, Lori Carbine, a mother of three, spoke out against the club and brought out an anti-GLSEU petition signed by 218 FC students.
Tags: gay, rights, clubs