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Finding Aid to the Project 10 Collection, 1986-2009

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Darwent, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Uribe, Virginia
Project 10 collection
Collection no.
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1987-1989
Date [inclusive]
2.2 linear feet., 1 archive box + 1 flat archive box.
News clippings, correspondence, audiocassettes, publications, conference programs and ephemera documenting the establishment of and response to Project 10, founded by Dr. Virginia Uribe, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, 1986-2009. Project 10 is an on-campus counseling and drop-out prevention program for LGBT youth.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Project 10 Collection, Coll2013-118, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Administrative History

Project 10 was established at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles in 1984 by Dr. Virginia Uribe. It is an on-campus counseling and drop-out prevention program for LGBT youth that provides nonjudgmental counseling services, accurate information on homosexuality, and a venue to build positive self-esteem. The program was created in response to an openly gay student who dropped out of Fairfax High School after being bullied and harrassed for his sexual orientation.

Founder Dr. Virginia Uribe was a biology teacher at Fairfax High School and came out publicly as a lesbian when she created the program. Dr. Uribe received her bachelors and masters degrees from Immaculate Heart College in 1955 and 1962, respectively. She completed her PhD in Psychology from Sierra University in 1988. For her doctorate research, she studied LGBT youth and their treatment in the public education system.

The first of its kind in the nation, Project 10 was supported by the Los Angeles Board of Education and the National Education Association. It was implemented in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools, as well as at universities and schools nationwide. Dr. Uribe was a keynote speaker at several conferences, and was active in promoting Project 10 by appearing on television and radio, and writing letters to newspaper editors.

Models of Pride, a free one-day conference that addresses topics of interest for LGBT youth, was created by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the LAUSD in 1993. Friends of Project 10, Inc., the non-profit branch of Project 10 created in 1986, took over the planning for Models of Pride from 1998 until 2010. LifeWorks, the LGBT youth mentoring program of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, became the presenter of the conference from 2010 to present day.

After Dr. Uribe's retirement from LAUSD in 1998, she became the Executive Director for Friends of Project 10, Inc. Gail Rolf replaced Dr. Uribe's position as Education Director for Project 10, which continues today as part of the LAUSD.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains news clippings, correspondence, audiocassettes, publications, conference programs and ephemera that document the establishment of and response to Project 10, 1986-2009. There is correspondence from parents with gay and lesbian children in support of the program, as well as correspondence in opposition. News clippings profile founder Dr. Virginia Uribe and demonstrate the controversial reception of Project 10. There are Traditional Values Reports from the Traditional Values Coalition, which strongly opposed Project 10. There are also awards that Dr. Uribe and Gail Rolf received for their dedicated work, as well as a Project 10 license plate, button and Models of Pride bag.

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This collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Gift of Virginia Uribe on January 16, 2011.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Darwent, December 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Thirteen T-shirts, GAR 1741-1753, were separated from the collection and catalogued in the garments collection.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)


  • Bullying in schools--Prevention
  • Gay students
  • High school counselors
  • Homosexuality and education--United States
  • Lesbians--Education

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Project 10 1986-2009  (Bulk, 1987-1989)

Box Folder

 Augmented Educational Development and Student Life Committee 1988 

Scope and Contents

Includes 5 audiocassettes, AC2308-AC2312.

1 1

 Awards and other materials 1997-2010 

Scope and Contents

Consists of awards of recognition, a retirement card for Virginia Uribe, a 2003 "PROJ 10" license plate, a button, a Models of Pride 18 (2010) bag, and a Los Angeles Unified School District poster, "Civil Rights Movement," documenting 1833-1996, which includes Project 10 in its timeline.

Box Folder

 Correspondence in opposition to Project 10 1988-1989 

1 2

 Correspondence in support of Project 10 1988 

1 3

 Joint Hearing, Assembly/Senate Republican Family Task Force 1988 

1 4

 Models of Pride 2009 

Scope and Contents

This file contains two printed sheets of color photographs documenting Models of Pride at Occidental College and Virginia Uribe and Sheila Kuehl posing with students. There is a program from the 2009 Models of Pride conference.

1 5

 News clippings and media response 1986-1993 

1 6-8

 Project 10 handbooks, Friends of Project 10, Inc. 1989-2008 

1 9

 Traditional Values Report 1988-1989 

1 10

 Uribe, Virginia, conference speaker and responses 1987-1993, 2000 

1 11

 Uribe, Virginia, letters to the editor and writings 1987-1994 

1 12

 Valley Magazine and response 1988 

1 13

 Who's Afraid of Virginia Uribe? screenplay 2000 

1 14

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