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The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library has been digitizing local items to preserve and to make these accessible items to the public.  NIDL is happy to announce that all eleven books from 1997 to 2009 of the Rainbow Reader have completed our first step toward being digitized.  These 117 issues of the UP The Stairs Community Center's second major newsletter are already to peruse by clicking our Digital Archives button.


How to Search NIDL Archives on MDON

If the title "TROIS" is put into a keyword search it will bring up 81 issues due to the fact that the TROIS was mentioned in five of the Rainbow Readers.  Using the "Advanced Search" and looking up TROIS as the "Title" will bring up the 76 issues of the newsletter by themselves.  Since historical articles were written in both newsletters using either keyword or advance searches are excellent ways to look up names, places or topics in Fort Wayne LGBTQ+ history.


This process is not only costly in dollars but also time volunteers spent in cleaning up the metadata behind the images so that keyword searches for information are available.  Our first digitized newsletter was the TROIS: Three Rivers One In Six (One in six was the Kinsey Institute's estimate of homosexuals in the population.) from late 1980 to 1987.  The TROIS was started by GLO or the Gay, Lesbian Organization here in Fort Wayne, IN and the first major newsletter of the community center that became known as Up The Stairs  The TROIS was a typewritten newsletter and Computers hate typewriters.  Due to varying keystrokes and outdated fonts NIDL staff literally had to retype almost all of each of the 76 issues. 

The TROIS project took two and a half years from beginning to end.


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About the former UTSCC

Up The Stairs Community Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Up The Stairs Community Center served as a meeting place and safe haven for the GLBT community in and around Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The center was open to any non-profit GLBT-supportive groups for their activities.  In addition, there were center-sponsored activities, projects and events designed to meet the needs of the GLBT community not being met by other individuals and organizations.  A self-appointing board oversaw the center. 

UTSCC history timeline:
1982 -- UTSCC opens in August in it's second floor location at 305 West Jefferson above Rainbows of Life Bookstore.  Gay/Lesbian Organization (GLO) and Open Door Chapel are it's first tenants.  Organizations Later, the Gay/Lesbian Helpline and the Gay/Lesbian Resource Center & Archives set up at the center.
1985 -- UTSCC moves to temporary quarters in the Chapel Lounge of First Presbyterian Church on October 1st.
1986--  UTSCC moves to it's 3426 Broadway location on June 1st.House on Broadway
1997-- UTSCC's Horizons Youth Group established; Rainbow Reader's first issue published in June.
1998 -- UTSCC Archives and Resource Library formally re-opens on April 19th with material donated from the earlier Archives/Resource Center; Bisexual Discussion Group started; first Pride Festival held at Freimann Square.
1999-- Board membership positions increased to up to 15; Social Action Committee started.
2002-- UTSCC takes possession of 514 E. Washington Boulevard on February 8th and moves in July 13th. 

building on E Washington

2009-- UTSCC closes it's doors on April 1st. The center's library goes into storage.

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