LGBTQ history put on display


Northern Star Sophomore finace major T.J. Wolfe checks out the LGBT history display in the Holmes Student Center on Tuesday afternoon.

By Faith Healy

As part of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) history month, the NIU LGBT Resource Center is showing students who’s gay in Hollywood.

The LGBTQ Famous People in History display, located in the Holmes Student Center on the main floor in the display windows by the computer lab, portrays a number of famous people throughout history who identified as LGBTQ. The display will remain up for students to see until Oct. 24.

This display was a new project for the center, said Emma Titus, LGBT Resource Center intern and a graduate assistant in marketing. Titus was in charge of the project and put the display together alongside student group Prism, which helped research information for the display.

“The purpose of the project is to bring attention to different people in LGBT history during our history month,” Titus said. “It is to showcase people who are LGBT in the media, literature, sports, religion and politics. The intent is to teach people that those famous stars they look up to are actually LGBT and to promote education and tolerance.”

The display includes pictures of different famous people, like Andy Warhol, Angelina Jolie, Harvey Milk and others in the LBGTQ community, as well as a brief biography of each person and information about their involvement in the community.

Titus said these people were chosen since they are part of the LGBT community or are strongly believed to be part of the community due to ‘extensive evidence.’

The LGBTQ Famous People in History display drew the attention of students like Jason Pittenger, senior electrical engineer major, and Jesse Hartpence, a senior biological science major.

“I was not aware Drew Barrymore and Angelina Jolie [are] considered bisexual,” Pittenger said.

Hartpence found the display at first glance aesthetically pleasing.

“It’s cool to see all the famous people in [LGBTQ] history,” Hartpence said.