Once Hidden, Black LGBT Community in Southwest Virginia Finds Its Voice

The Roanoke Times has published a groundbreaking article about Roanoke’s Black LGBTQ community and the work of The QTPOC Project: Representation Matters, an initiative of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project. Several members of the QTPOC Project spoke with the Times about…

Public Historian Gregory Samantha Rosenthal on Lesbian Cat Fiction and a Collected Past in the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library

This summer project member Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal sat down with Book City Roanoke to talk about the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library and our project’s efforts at preserving and interpreting LGBTQ history in Roanoke. Check it out! Book City Roanoke,…

Partnership and Publicly Engaged Humanities Work

The National Humanities Alliance has published a new essay on their Humanitiesforall.org website that features the work of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project. Check it out: Daniel Fisher, “Partnership and Publicly Engaged Humanities Work,” Humanitiesforall.org, August 1, 2019.

Lasting Legacy: What Stonewall Means in the South

Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal wrote an essay for WUSSY, an online magazine of Southern queer arts, politics, and culture, on interconnected legacies of LGBTQ history and white supremacy. Check it out: Gregory Samantha Rosenthal, “Lasting Legacy: What Stonewall Means in the…

On Archiving and Honoring Virginia’s Long Gay Histories

Tiffany Stevens has written a wonderful piece about the work of the Tidewater Queer History Project and the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project for Scalawag magazine. Check it out! Tiffany Stevens, “On Archiving and Honoring Virginia’s Long Gay Histories,” Scalawag, March 18,…

The Lost Queer World of Roanoke, Virginia

On February 8, 2019, With Good Reason, a public radio program produced by Virginia Humanities, released a new episode called “How to Go Clubbing,” which features an 11-minute segment on “The Lost Queer World of Roanoke, Virginia” produced by Cass Adair….

Blue Ridge Free State – 4: MDC – Marcin Dishes Candidly

Local journalist and podcaster Mason Adams spoke about Roanoke’s LGBTQ history, interviewed Deanna Marcin about her time working at the Backstreet Cafe, and references the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, in episode 4 of his new podcast, Blue Ridge Free State….

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.