The Gay and Lesbian University Union: Representing the interests of the LGBT community at Northwestern University
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Welcome to Gay and Lesbian University Union (GLUU)

An organization for LGBT grad students, faculty, staff and alumni at Northwestern University.

Join us for lunch every First Friday and Third Thursday!

Upcoming Lunch Dates

April 19, 2012. Cohen Commons, McCormick School of Engineering. Current menus available at

NU LGBTQ+ Alumni group

There is now an active NU LGBT alumni group. Check out the Northwestern University Pride Alumni Club (NUPAC) for all of the details.

What is GLUU?

GLUU originally stood for the Gay and Lesbian University Union. Over time, however, the group has come to encompass a wider range of sexual orientations, sexual identities and gender identities.

Who is the group for?

The group is primarily for Northwestern graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni who identify as LGBT or allies. All persons looking for 'queer' community are welcome at our events, however. Just bring an open mind.

What does GLUU do?

GLUU has worn many hats in its time. GLUU originally formed around the issue of adding "sexual orientation" to NU's non-discrimination policy duirng the 1980s. Then, in the early 1990s the group petitioned the University to grant domestic partner benefits for University employees. When this goal was accomplished the group remade itself and has become primarily a social group. We currently meet for lunch on the first Friday and third Thursday of each month.

Who runs the group?

Because the group is currently (primarily) a social group, there really is very little to run. There is a listserv that is largely administered by the University, and there is this web site. Other than that, there's not too much to administer, per se. Anyone can plan an event and advertise it on the listserv. Private party announcements are discouraged, unless they are strictly for the group.

How do I become a member?

There's really no such thing as membership. The most official thing you can do is sign up on our listserv. Then, when you see a message posted to the listserv for an event, just show up! We look forward to meeting you.

If you're interested, you can also feel free to post a short bio on our Out at NU page. Just send us an e-mail with your name, department and anything relevant that you'd like us to include.