Oral Histories

At the founding of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project in September 2015 we decided to focus on two core initiatives: Archives and Oral Histories. Recognizing that most LGBTQ history, especially here in Southwest Virginia, is not preserved within written documents, we decided that recording oral histories with a diverse cross-section of community members is an important methodology for saving our history before it is lost forever.

As of May 2021, we have recorded and transcribed hour-long interviews with 46 community members.

First, check out our Subject Index, a comprehensive guide to the oral history collection!

Then, you can view and listen to the Entire Collection here!

Here are some stats on the project (as of May 2021):

-over 1,000 pages of written transcripts

-Of the 46 narrators in our collection, 25 (54%) are women; 15 (33%) are Black; and 11 (24%) are trans.

-a 40-page subject index

-approximately 45 hours of audio

-over 200 people have participated in this project as narrators, interviewers, and transcribers. Thank you to all!