Gay Community Coalesces

Research provided by the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project was featured in the fourth issue of Discover: History & Heritage, a magazine put out by the Roanoke Times. We got a whole page dedicated to the topic of Roanoke’s gay community in the 1970s!…

History Project Strives to Empower Southwest Virginia LGBT Community

Amy Friedenberger of the Roanoke Times has written a substantial article about the LGBTQ+ History Project. She embedded with our project for two weeks in late April. Read the full article below. Amy Friedenberger, “History project strives to empower Southwest Virginia LGBT community,” The…

Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project Well Underway

Roanoke College senior Olivia Rhodin has written an essay about the ongoing work of the LGBTQ+ History Project for PRISM Magazine. Check it out: Olivia Rhodin, “Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project Well Underway,” PRISM Foundation Magazine 1, no. 4 (Winter…

Southwest Virginia LGBT History Comes Alives

David Garland has written a fabulous essay about the LGBTQ+ History Project for the latest issue of Informative Q magazine. Check it out: David Garland, “Southwest Virginia LGBT History Comes Alive,” Informative Q (December 2015): 10-11.

Panel Reflects on Change to Roanoke 15 Years After Backstreet Shooting

Our first History Project event, a forum with LGBTQ+ community members and activists at The Park, was featured the next day in the local newspaper. Read the full article below. Amy Friedenberger, “Panel Reflects on change to Roanoke 15 years after Backstreet shooting,” The Roanoke Times, September…