The Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project is a community-centered, volunteer-run history initiative based out of Roanoke, Virginia. We are grateful to also receive institutional support from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.



Dr. Samantha Rosenthal (she/her), Associate Professor of History & Co-Founder of the History Project

Jayde Mooney ’25, Work-Study Research Assistant, 2023-2024

Thanks also to Roanoke College student volunteers, interns, and former research assistants who have helped with this project since 2015, including: Megan Reynolds (Research Fellow, 2019-2023); Hannah Jones (2021); Skylar Grochowski (WSRA 2018-2019); Princess Carter (QTPOC intern, 2018); Kitty Bridgewater (QTPOC intern, 2018); Caleigh McKay (2018); Beth Janes (WSRA 2017-2018); RM Barton (2016; project co-leader, 2017-2018); Haleigh Ardolino (WSRA 2016-2017); Erin Hannon (2015-2017); Shannon Mace (WSRA 2016); Olivia Streett (2015-2016); Olivia Rhodin (2015); and Kat West (2015). Thank you!

Thanks also to the community members who have brought this project to life!!


Dr. Samantha Rosenthal

History Department

Roanoke College

221 College Lane, Salem, Virginia 24153

(540) 375-5257