Janice Covington Allison papers
This collection contains material generated by Janice Covington Allison in her fight for LGBT rights and an end to discrimination against transgender individuals. It includes items related to her work with TransCarolina, the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County and Pride. There is also a large series of memorabilia that contains a significant amount of items from the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions.
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The collection is open for research.
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The Janice Covington Allison papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Janice Covington Allison was born in 1947 in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1964, she enlisted in the army and served in Vietnam and Korea as a combat engineer. After leaving the military, Allison got a job at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, where she waited on notable figures such as Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gene Autry and The Supremes. During her time in San Francisco, she was arrested on several occasions when police raided gay nightclubs in the city. Allison met her future wife, who was originally from North Carolina, in 1971 and they relocated to the Charlotte area a few years later.
She began her career as a volunteer firefighter at the Pitts Fire Department in Cabarrus county, where she dressed as a male by day but lived privately as a female. In February 2003, she founded TranCarolina, a group that fights for workplace rights and serves as a social group for transgender people. In 2005, Allison stopped presenting publicly as a male and in 2012, North Carolina's 8th Congressional District elected her to be the first transgender woman to represent the state at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. In 2013, Allison became the first transgender member of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Women's Association and served as the chair of diversity and outreach for the North Carolina Democratic Party. One of her primary issues was securing passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to protect transgender individuals in the workplace.
In 2015, she visited a woman's restroom at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center during a City Council debate over whether to extend nondiscrimination protection to LGBT citizens. Allison was escorted out of the restroom by police, but it was an example of the fierceness with which she fought for causes she believed in and helped bring the issue to the forefront of the city's eyes. Janice Covington Allison died on October 1, 2021 at Atrium Health Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2 Linear Feet (1 large tub and 1 crown box)
Language of Materials
Papers documenting Allison's work in the LGBT community, particularly in the area of transgender rights. Includes subject files, correspondence, awards, newspapers and memorabilia.
The collection is arranged into the following five series: Activism, Cards and Correspondence, Awards, Newspapers and Memorabilia.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2021 by Janice Covington Allison.
Forms part of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive.
The collection was processed in 2021 by Andrew Pack.
- Political activists -- North Carolina -- Charlotte Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Transgender people Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Janice Covington Allison papers
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