The Kinsey Institute is pleased to announce that the Indiana University Queer Philanthropy Circle (QPC) has designated Dr. Kinsey as a “Distinguished Member” for his significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ community, nationally and internationally, and his lasting contributions to Indiana University.
Dr. Kinsey was recognized in the nomination as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century for his landmark research into human sexuality that challenged traditional beliefs and myths. His research concluded that one’s sexuality is complex and diverse and established the groundwork for the gay rights movement.
“For countless LGBTQ+ individuals struggling in a hostile world, the Kinsey Reports represented validation, at long last, of their own identities and experience and introduced them to a community of others they did not even know existed. The Kinsey Reports helped bring the LGBTQ+ community together – better informed and more focused.” ~ IU Queer Philanthropy Circle
The Indiana University Queer Philanthropy Circle is believed to be the first LGBTQ+ philanthropy circle at any university in the nation, bringing together a group of volunteer alumni and others to enhance engagement and philanthropy at IU regarding LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, alumni and allies. The QPC is committed to improving the recruitment, retention and support of LGBTQ+ students by promoting scholarships, grants, education, research, programs and career opportunities.
We at the Kinsey Institute thank the Queer Philanthropy Circle on behalf of Dr. Kinsey. We would also like to recognize the work of QPC Founder and Chair David Jacobs, QPC Member and Kinsey Institute International Advisory Council Member Mike Shumate, and Kinsey Institute Senior Scientist Dr. William Yarber for their efforts bringing about this honor.