Historic Ithaca presented a 2020 Historic Ithaca Preservation Award in the Creative Project category to the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services, in recognition of excellence for the Ithaca LGBTQ Local History Tour. The award recognizes the students, alumni and staff who worked tirelessly to document and preserve the LGBTQ history of the local area.
Luca Maurer, director of Ithaca College’s Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services says the tour was meant to explore the questions of whose stories get told, how and by whom. “How can our ancestors’ lives, activism and advocacy inform our lives today; and how does our past inform our future, and ultimately our liberation,” said Maurer.
“Ithaca College is surrounded by LGBTQ history,” said Maurer. “It is embedded in the fabric of our campus and in the places we call home, but many of the people and places that make up our past have been forgotten, erased, overlooked or ignored.”