Bob Summersgill Collection (Series XXI)


Bob Summersgill Collection (Series XXI)


Working files of Bob Summersgill, member of GLAA since 1993, as treasurer, vice president, 2000-2003 president, and treasurer. He was active in the city since 1988, throughout 2000s and fought to repeal the sodomy laws, and expand DP act and later the battle for marriage equality. 


2.5 linear feet of paper records.


Bob Summersgill
Kameny for Congress
D.C. Sodomy Law Reform Coalition

Bob Summersgill has been heavily involved with the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC (GLAA) since 1993. He was president of the organization from 2000 to 2003.

Access Rights

Available to all researchers, by appointment, at the DC History Center. Collection is available for “fair use.” Material may be protected by copyright.


In 2012, Bob Summersgill was named a Community Pioneer. You can read his online biography.

Oral history interview with Bob Summersgill


Materials were created by Bob Summersgill. They were transferred to the Rainbow History Project in July 2017; and, to the DC History Center in August 2018.

Collection Items

GLAA Testimony on Proposed Rulemaking on Harrassment
Testimony by Bob Summersgill, president of Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC, before the Committee on Special Education and Student Services of the District of Columbia Board of Education on the Proposed Rulemaking on Harassment.

"2009 Marriage Equality Act" Folder
ephemera related to marriage equality including:
What's in a word? A Religious Perspective on Civil Marriage Equality (Equality Maryland)
Jumping the Broom: A Black Perspective on Same Gender Marriage (Equality Maryland and National…

City Harassment of Gay Clubs -- Impossible in 1997? Think Again...
Flyer includes postcard addressed the Mayor Marian Barry. Calls to stop harassment by police and DCRA of gay businesses.

Letter and sponsorship form related to fund raising activity by the Bisexual Resource Center. Participants were encouraged to disobey the state sodomy laws for the month of October and seek sponsors for acts of civil disobedience to pledge for each…
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