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…

Queer Art, Queer History, and Queer Activism

Rachel Barton has written a wonderful essay about the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project’s arts initiative, published in GayRVA.com, an online LGBTQ magazine based in Richmond, Virginia. Check it out! Rachel Barton, “Queer Art, Queer History, and Queer Activism: Using the…

Who Needs Gay Books?

Dr. Gregory Rosenthal has written an essay for WUSSY, an online magazine of queer + Southern arts, politics, and culture, about the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project’s work on the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library. Check it out! Gregory Rosenthal, “Who Needs…

Roanoke’s Gay Bar Scene Will Never Be the Same

The research of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project was featured in a recent article in Munchies—a project of Vice—about the decline of queer spaces in Roanoke, Virginia. Check it out: Mason Adams, “Roanoke’s Gay Bar Scene Will Never Be the Same,” Munchies (online…

Transmural: A Queer Space in Rural Virginia

In spring 2017, three seniors at Washington & Lee University produced the multimedia documentary “Transmural: A Queer Space in Rural Virginia,” which features text and videos about transgender history and contemporary transgender experiences in Roanoke, Virginia. The students interviewed Dr. Gregory Rosenthal…

Equal Time with Andrea Hilton

Dr. Gregory Rosenthal visited Washington & Lee University as a guest on the hour-long radio show Equal Time hosted by Andrea Hilton. They discussed the ongoing work of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project. Andrea Hilton interviewing Gregory Rosenthal, “Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+…

Gentrification and Queer Erasure in Roanoke, Virginia

Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project volunteer and Roanoke College alum Rachel Barton has written a fabulous essay, accompanied by an interactive version of our downtown walking tour, reflecting on Roanoke’s queer history and the effects of gentrification on the erasure of queer spaces. This was published in…

Volunteers Working to Make LGBTQ Library More Accessible to Public

Reporter Sara Machi of WDBJ7 stopped by the Roanoke Diversity Center to interview some of our LGBTQ+ History Project volunteers who have been working on the preservation and digitization of the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library, a 2,700-volume collection that has been slowly…

Responses to “Make Roanoke Queer Again”

History@Work, the official blog of the National Council on Public History, has featured a series of essays this spring responding to Dr. Gregory Rosenthal’s article “Make Roanoke Queer Again,” which discussed the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project and was published…