Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project

The National Humanities Alliance has launched Humanitiesforall.org, a website showcasing over 1,400 publicly-engaged humanities projects across the country. The Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project was chosen as one of 51 projects nationwide to be profiled as an exemplary project. Check…

Roanoke Made Me Queer Again

Dr. Gregory Rosenthal has written an essay about the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project and how the project’s oral history initiative, specifically documenting trans oral histories, has transformed their recognition of their own gender identity. Read more here: Gregory Rosenthal,…

Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project

Roanoke College Work-Study Research Assistant Beth Janes has written the following essay about her experiences working with the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Beth Janes, “Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project,” RC Research, April 30, 2018.

How Communities Pathologized Sex Workers

Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project co-leader RM Barton—who is a monthly contributor to WUSSY, an online magazine of queer + Southern arts, politics, and culture, based in Atlanta—has published a new piece that looks at the history of sex workers and…

Deploying Digital Technology to “Make Roanoke Queer Again”

Dr. Gregory Rosenthal of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project gave a talk on “Digital History and Queer Voices” at Washington & Lee University on February 1, 2018. Jenny Bagger, a Digital Humanities (DH) Undergraduate Fellow at Washington & Lee,…

Double Edged Sword: Queer Activism in the Internet Age

Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project co-leader RM Barton—who is a monthly contributor to WUSSY, an online magazine of queer + Southern arts, politics, and culture, based in Atlanta—has published a new piece that looks at the internet and how it has…

Roanoke LGBT Library Finds Home as Research Collection in Roanoke Diversity Center

The Roanoke Times wrote a great piece about the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library and our 16-month effort to preserve, maintain, and create an online catalog of the library’s contents. Check it out! Tiffany Stevens, “Roanoke LGBT Library finds home as…

Old Southwest Gayborhood Walking Tour Sheds Light on Roanoke’s LGBTQ History

Rachel has written this great essay on queer neighborhood history and the Old Southwest Gayborhood Walking Tour, for GayRVA.com, an online magazine out of Richmond, Virginia. Check it out! Rachel Barton, “Old Southwest Gayborhood Walking Tour Sheds Light on Roanoke’s LGBTQ…

Intersectional Activism & Early Gay Liberation in Southwest Virginia

Project co-leader Rachel Barton is now a contributing writer for WUSSY, an online magazine of queer + Southern arts, politics, and culture, based out of Atlanta. Rachel wrote this piece on the history of gay liberation in Southwest Virginia in…

Local Group Celebrates Anniversary of a Special Walking Tour

Reporter Bianca Holman of WDBJ7 stopped by the Downtown Roanoke LGBTQ History Walking Tour this weekend to document the first anniversary of our walking tours. Check out her story below: Bianca Holman, “Local group celebrates anniversary of a special walking…