Documenting the Queer Past in St. Louis Collection
recorded for the course WGSS3172 "Documenting the Queer Past in St. Louis" at Washington University in St. Louis, as part of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The class was designed by Professor Andrea Friedman, with a goal "to create the possibilities for a more inclusive LGBTQ history of St. Louis that will be available to researchers and the public" (course handbook). To meet this goal, the project focused on interviewing LGBTQ elders, with a general guideline that much of their life was spent in the St. Louis area prior to the year 2000. Particular efforts were also made to include groups especially missing from archived LGBTQ records, such as working-class women, trans* individuals, and African Americans.