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LGBT Institute's Gregg Daugherty papers

Identifier: Q162

Scope and Contents

The LGBTQ Institute's Gregg Daugherty Papers include photographs, programs, publications and digital objects. The bulk of the photographs document drag queens and performers who appeared in Atlanta's gay bars. The programs primarily highlight gay plays and events, and the publications were distributed to Georgia's gay communities. The digital objects include photographs of awards, copies of articles written by the donor, and other items that the donor wishes to retain.


  • Creation: 1979-1990


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biographical Note

A native of Black Mountain North Carolina, Gregg Daugherty graduated from Western Carolina University with a BA in Art Education. He moved to Atlanta in 1978, where he became the first African American Ad Sales employee for the city's LGBT publications industry (late 1970s through the mid 1980s). Daugherty managed advertising and marketing for Cruise, David, and Guide magazines and was a contributing writer of articles, "Under the Lights" and "GADABOUT" which were featured in Pulse, Around the Clock, and Guide magazines. These articles garnered him the Peoples Choice Award for Writer of Year in 1986.

Daugherty joined the marketing department of the Academy Theatre (1983-1986), and also managed the Academy’s season ticket telemarketing campaign. While working at Guide magazine (1986-1988), he created Playguide, a performing arts and LGBT pageants / events program / playbill service. He also worked as marketing and promotional manager for many of these event companies.

Daugherty was a member of the Hotlanta Softball League (HSL) for 16 years as a player, coach and (two term) league secretary. HSL is a member of NAGAAA (North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association). He played for the teams of the Bar on Peachtree and Armory and coached the teams of the Prince George Inn and Blake’s on the Park. He was inducted into the HSL Hall of Fame in 2013.

While playing on the Armory Angels Softball team, Daugherty and his teammates were approached to create a new version of the camp drag troupe, The Armorettes. The main focus of this troupe was to promote AIDS fundraising in Atlanta, the United States, and Canada. He was a member of the Armorettes for six years as they traveled around the country competing in softball tournaments at the same time that they performed in AIDS fundraisers. The Armorettes were members of Hotlanta Softball League and not only did they raise significant funds for AIDS charities but they also were HSL league champions and won several national and Canadian tournaments. Daugherty also worked with many Atlanta AIDS fundraisers and was co-founder of The Window of Hope, a cabaret event with many local and national singers that raised funds for Atlanta AIDS organizations, including Jerusalem House, AIDS Survival Project, AID Atlanta, and PALS.

In 1988 Daugherty opened his own business, Performing Arts Media (PAM) a playbill & program publishing company. PAM’s first official publication was The National Black Arts Festival program which he continues to produce. In 1996, PAM produced The Official Cultural Olympiad programs for the 1996 Olympic Games. In 1999, after many years of producing several different arts groups programs, Daugherty decided that it was better to focus on one item, which led to the birth of Lighthouse Communications. Daugherty created Atlanta ShowGuide, greater Atlanta’s performing arts magazine, a bimonthly resource guide of the region's performing arts, which is available in print and online. To this day Atlanta ShowGuide along with the annual National Black Arts Festival Guide are the mainstay of his company.


5 Linear Feet (in 7 boxes)

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Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gregg Daugherty, with the assistance of the LGBTQ Institute, 2018.

Online Availability

Photographs and magazine articles have been digitized; textiles and artifacts have been photographed and returned to the donor. These items and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Collection Transfer Note

This collection was previously designated W162, but was assigned collection number Q162 with the formation of the Gender and Sexuality Collection in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Morna Gerrard at the file level, 2018. Electronic finding aid created by Morna Gerrard, December 2018. Collection is arranged alphabetically.

Gregg Daugherty:
A Guide to the LGBTQ Institute's Collection at Georgia State University
Morna Gerrard
December 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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