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/they), Associate Professor of History & Co-Founder of the History Project

Megan Reynolds ’23 (she/her), Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2019-2022

Thanks also to Roanoke College student volunteers, interns, and former research assistants who have helped with this project since 2015, including: 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 spring 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!!

October 2015 meeting at Roanoke College


Dr. Samantha Rosenthal

(Pronouns: she/her or they/them)

History Department

Roanoke College

221 College Lane, Salem, Virginia 24153

(540) 375-5257