Crimson staff writer
Yasmeen A. Khan
The newly formed Harvard Undergraduate Pole Dancing Club seeks to "empower" its members, particularly people from "historically disempowered identities."
Since its inception, COGLI has served as a center for LGBTQ+ advocacy at the Law School. The organization has spearheaded policies ranging from banning military recruitment on campus to including sexual orientation in Harvard’s non-discrimination policy. Moreover, the very existence of this group gave visibility to LGBTQ+ students at the school, allowing them to challenge homophobic stereotypes and bring LGBTQ+ life to light.
COGLLI’s 1981 yearbook photo, taken three years after the organization was founded. The caption reads: “We chose to appear in this photograph, after careful consideration of the possible personal and professional ramifications, to give expression to the efforts of those who fight unjust discrimination on all fronts, especially with regard to the right to love. While many of COGLLI’s members, friends, and supporters are not pictured, it is their continued and ever increasing support and understanding that enabled this group to appear in the Yearbook for the first time. Courtesy of Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections.