The LGBT Institute brings dedicated programming to The Center on a quarterly basis, in addition to hosting annual events, including an academic symposium and The LGBT Institute Medals Gala, which honors individuals and organizations inspiring and creating change for the LGBT community.  Most of The LGBT Institute’s programming can be found in and around Atlanta, while the discussions sparked by The Institute are intended to make their way throughout online and real-world communities.  Our associates support the institute's initiatives and ensure quality programming and outreach.


Madison Higbee

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Madison Higbee is pursuing an undergraduate degree in sociology at Georgia State University (GSU). She has always struggled to understand why people often treat others unfairly or poorly, which led her to spend her high school years engaged in community service at venues such as Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education. She feels particularly passionate about social justice issues, and she wishes to further LGBT rights. She spent the past year working with GSU’s Multicultural Center to advance multicultural competency, and she looks forward to working with the LGBT Institute Southern Survey.


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Hannah Fuller was raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, and is a rising sophomore at Emory University where she plans to study History and Philosophy. Last summer, Hannah worked in Washington, DC, as a legislative intern for Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida’s 14th District. While in Washington, she also served as a visitor services intern at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Working for the USHMM sparked her desire to work in nonprofits and museums with the goal of promoting and educating people about important histories and current subjects. At Emory, she has volunteered at the Michael C. Carlos Museum to gain more exposure to the inner workings of museums. Hannah’s summer in DC ignited her desire to become more active in the LGBT community. While working for the Florida Congresswoman, she responded to constituents’ concerns and outpouring after the Orlando Shooting in June. She also attended her first Pride events and witnessed the strong unity of the community.



The LGBT Institute’s Partners are organizations, institutions, and individuals who collaborate on programming and gather with us to explore critical issues to help advance LGBT civil and human rights around the world. They serve as our brain-trust for our programming and ensure that we are providing a quality,  global platform in which to highlight on-going work, scholarship, and collaboration. 

LGBT Affiliated Collections

The LGBT Institute assists in the cultivation of LGBT affiliated collections. We do this by working with local, national, and international historical projects that seek to preserve and tell the story of LGBT people and their efforts to secure and retain civil and human rights. The Institute will collect visual histories of LGBT past and current activists for The Center's visual history archives, and share them virtually to the public online. The LGBT Institute also assists The Center showcase historical items from affiliated LGBT archives for public viewing.