The Association of Lesbian and Gay Faculty and Staff was established in approximately 1989 as a way for CMU employees to socialize with each other and to take steps toward combating homophobia at CMU.
Among the early political activities of the ALGFS were a strong involvement in the (unsuccessful) attempt to remove the ROTC program from campus and the (successful) attempt to have the university's Board of Trustees include "sexual orientation" as a protected category in its own non-discrimination statement. On the social side, there were monthly potluck dinners held at member's homes and a reading group was formed.
Although the Association has become less active in recent years in terms of social activities, members of the ALGFS have been instrumental in fighting for the rights of CMU's GLBT faculty, staff, and students. Most notably, the ALGFS advocated to establish an inclusive non-discrimination policy, an Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs, GLBT resources at the library and a bibliography, and domestic partner benefits.
If you would like to be a member of the association, please see the ALGFS Listserv