Attorneys and plaintiffs in three cases affecting LGBTQ rights speak to the media outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after oral arguments, in Washington, D.C., October 8, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)

Gerald Bostock Archival Collection to be Displayed at University of West Georgia

The Invisible Histories Project (IHP) and the University of West Georgia (UWG) recently announced that archival items from Gerald Bostock, the plaintiff in Bostock v. Clayton County, were donated to be put on display in UWG’s Special Collection in Ingram Library.

In 2013, Bostock was fired from his job in the juvenile court system. Three years later, he sought legal recourse, alleging workplace discrimination due to his sexual orientation. In a landmark decision in 2020, the Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The historic case granted workplace protections for LGBTQ Americans.

The items to be archived include t-shirts from various LGBTQ events and organizations, a banner from Atlanta Pride 2019, and other items collected during Bostock’s life representing his experience outside the courtroom.

The collection is currently being processed by UWG history students before being displayed in the Ingram Library. The collection will be open to the public and used for student research and coursework.