Rich Magill papers
Scope and Contents
The Rich Magill papers contain research materials and notes, articles, letters to the editors, and other material related to Magill’s career as an activist, writer, and publisher. The collection also includes minutes and other organizational materials from the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues and the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus. Magill was a member of both the committee and LAGPAC, and worked closely with other activists and local politicians on the Civil Rights Ordinance that passed in 1991. The collection also includes research notes, data, and other materials related to the publication of Exposing Hatred, a report published by LAGPAC about hate crimes against lesbians and gay people in New Orleans.
- Magill, Rich, 1946 - 2016 (Person)
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Access is unrestricted.
Conditions Governing Use
Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Biographical / Historical
Rich Magill was born in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated high school in Prattville, Alabama. After attending the University of Alabama, Magill entered the United States Air Force and then worked in construction until 1986, when he moved to New Orleans. In New Orleans, Magill quickly joined the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC) and became active in the attempt to lobby the city council to pass the anti-discrimination ordinance. He was added to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues by Sidney Barthelemy. Magill authored Exposing Hatred on behalf of LAGAPAC that examined homophobia and hate crimes in New Orleans. The publication helped convince reticent city council members to add language prohibiting discrimination on basis of gender or sexual orientation to the city’s Civil Rights Ordinance. In addition to his work for LAGPAC and the Advisory Committee, Magill also helped organize Gays and Lesbians Initiative to Educate Republications (G.L.I.T.E.R.), published the Big Easy Times, authored multiple editorials, and was a member of several regional and local organizations advocating for a variety of causes from Civil Rights to Veterans issues.
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Language of Materials
When possible, Rich Magill's original order and file names have been preserved. Two series, Mayor's Advisory Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues and Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus, have been created to arrange the bulk of the collection. Other organizations and issues have been arranged in either Subject files or General files.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Stewart Butler
Processed by Andrew Mullins, III. Data entry by Madison Hayes.
- Civil rights -- Louisiana -- New Orleans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Gay community -- Louisiana -- New Orleans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Louisiana -- Social life and customs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- ACT/UP New Orleans
- AIDS activists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Anti-discrimination laws -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- 20th century Subject Source: Local sources
- Gay and lesbian movement Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus.
- New Orleans (La) -- Newspapers Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- New Orleans (La) -- Politics and government Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
- Political activists -- Louisiana -- 20th century Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Upstairs Lounge (New Orleans, La.)
- Vieux Carré (New Orleans, La) -- Politics and government -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Rich Magill papers finding aid
- Andrew Mullins, III
- 2017 Sep 27
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