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Annual Events and Programs

We encourage LGBT alumni to support our campus partners, who work hard every day to improve the lives of LGBT alumni and students at Cornell and beyond. If you would like to get involved, or learn more, please contact the program leader, or CUGALA’s Campus Engagement committee.

CUGALA volunteers plan a wide variety of events throughout the country, and these are the programs that happen annually. We hope you will join us!

  • January: Student-Alumni Networking Event – Multiple colleges/universities, New York City
  • April: Steven Siegel Award Celebration, New York City
  • May: Lavender Graduation at Cornell, Ithaca
  • June: 
  • Cornell Reunion Social, LGBT Resource Center Open House, and Human Sexuality Collection presentation of new additions to the Collection, Ithaca
  • PRIDE events: each CUGALA region will host a PRIDE event
  • December: Holiday Party – New York City

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Celebrating the Legacy of Steven Siegel '68


A lifetime of selfless service: Steven Siegel accepting his Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award (2011).

Each year, CUGALA awards a distinguished person the Steven Siegel '68 Award. Steve led CUGALA for nearly three decades. As CUGALA’s leader, he helped create and expand the Human Sexuality Collection at the Cornell Library and the LGBT Resource Center on campus, among other projects.

In 2011, he was named one of six recipients of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, Cornell’s highest honor for alumni volunteers. Steve showed his dedication to Cornell in many ways. He was a longtime member of the Cornell Hillel Board of Trustees and the Cornell Alumni Association. He also served as the president of the Class of 1968, member of the Cornell University Council, the general chair of the New York City chapter of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, and a member of the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations. Steve worked as the library director of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan for many years. He was also active in a number of archivist and genealogical organizations.

His longtime partner Rob Selden, though not a Cornell graduate, was at least as knowledgeable about Cornell and its alumni as Steve. When Steve was named the new class president at the Class of ‘68 40th Reunion, his CUGALA brothers and sisters were amazed and moved. When Rob was called to stand next to him on the dais as his partner, some of them might even have wept, since during Steve's years at Cornell, few people were out, and gay and lesbian people were considered mentally ill.

Steve passed away on January 21, 2012 after battling cancer for over a year. 

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CUGALA works with the following organizations and Cornell units and divisions:

Alumni Groups

Cornell Departments


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CUGALA in the News

News Coverage

2013 Mar 11 - Cornell Daily Sun: "University Reflects on Shift in LGBT Presence on Campus"
2012 Jun 25 - New York Magazine: "Slideshow: NYC Goes All Out for Gay Pride Parade"
2012 Jan 9 - Cornell Chronicle: "Students and alumni collaborate to serve their communities"
2012 Jan/Feb - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Six Receive Frank H. T. Rhodes Awards"
2011 Sep/Oct - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "For Gay Alumni, Another Reason to Be Proud"
2010 Jul 8 - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Cornell Goes to the Dance, and Alumni Celebrate"
2010 Jul - Ezra Magazine: "Big Red Spirit shines through 'CU in Central Park'"
2010 Jan 12 - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Welcome to the Cornell Alumni Association (again)"
2006 Jul 28 - Cornell Chronicle: "CU in the City: The bold, the beautiful and the 'Bard'"


2012 May/Jun - Cornell Alumni Magazine: Alma Matters: "In Memoriam: Steve Siegel '68"
2012 Feb -  "How CUGALA Got Started & The Early Years" by Art Leonard '74
2012 Jan 23 - Leonard Link (blog): "A Brief Remembrance of Steven W. Siegel"
2011 Jul/Aug - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Remembering Arthur Laurents '37"
2011 May 5 - New York Times: "Arthur Laurents, Playwright and Director on Broadway, Dies at 93"
2010 Sep 18 - New York Gallery Tours (blog): "Why I Lead Monthly Gay & Lesbian Art Gallery Tours
2009 Sep 14 - The Alligator (blog): "Being gay at a Cornell fraternity in the 1970s"
1999 Aug - Paul Glover Essays (blog): "Cornell's Activist History and Future"
1990 Jul 27 - New York Times: Corrections to "Robert Alan Roth, Lawyer, 40"
1990 Jul 12 - New York Times: "Robert Alan Roth, Lawyer, 40"

Records of Cornell's LGBT History

2010 Jul 9 - Cornell Alumni Magazine: "Dana Beyer '74 aims to be first transgendered American elected to statewide office"
2003 Apr - Journal of the History of Sexuality: "History of the First Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual College Student Groups
1997 May/Jun - Cornell Magazine: Letter to the Editor Re: "Sex in the Archives"
1997 Mar/Apr - Cornell Magazine: "Sex in the Archives"
1989 - Haftan M. Eckholdt '87 Papers - interviews of Cornell Student Homophile League Founders
1983 Jun 27 - New York Times: "Homosexuals' Parade Dedicated to AIDS Victims"
1980 Jun 30 - New York Daily News: "12,000 gays march in parade for rights"
1979 Dec - Cornell Alumni News: Letter to "Gay Alumni"
1971 Mar 1 - Cornell Daily Sun: "GLF Concludes Boycott of Bar"
1970 Dec 4 - Cornell Daily Sun: "Boycott Morrie's"


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