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Special Issue: Listening to and Learning from LGBTQ Lives

Oral history has become a significant way to uncover the hidden histories of LGBTQ people; and scholars, activists, librarians, archivists, and organizations are using oral history theory and methods to put LGBTQ people at the center of analysis and understand the multifaceted lives and experiences of LGBTQ people around the world. OHR's new special issue, Listening to and Learning from LGBTQ Lives, seeks to examine and deepen historical and contemporary perspectives on the importance of the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people. Start reading articles below.

Editor’s Introduction
Kathryn L. Nasstrom

Guest Editor’s Introduction
Stephanie Gilmore

What Makes Queer Oral History Different
Kevin P. Murphy, Jennifer L. Pierce, and Jason Ruiz

Embodied Knowledge and Accessible Community: An Oral History of “Four Rehearsals and a Performance”
Liam Lair and Ashley Mog

No Cinderella Story: Friends Remember Ben Scott “Benderella” Rae
Laura S. Hodgman

Surprised by Activism: The Effects of One Oral History on Its Queer Steel-Working Narrators
Anne Balay

“In People’s Faces for Lesbian and Gay Rights”: Stories of Activism in Madison, Wisconsin, 1970 to 1990
Scott C. Seyforth and Nichole Barnes

Behind the Scenes at the Gayzette: The Gay Student Union and Queer World Making at UCLA in the 1970s
David A. Reichard

The Carolina Gay Association, Oral History, and Coming Out at the University of North Carolina
T. Evan Faulkenbury and Aaron Hayworth

“Bring Your Whole Self to the Work”: Identity and Intersectional Politics in the Louisville LGBTQ Movement
Catherine Fosl and Lara Kelland

“That’s What Music Is About—It Strikes a Chord”: Proposing a Queer Method of Listening to the Lives and Music of LGBTQs
Marion Wasserbauer

Reclaiming the Lesbian Archives
Elise Chenier


Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer History. By Nan Alamilla Boyd and Horacio N. Roque
Anne Balay

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