“We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record!”: The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information
This online and gallery exhibit was created to supplement a presentation given at the 2016 Federal Depository Library Conference. That presentation, "We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record: Federal Government Documents on the LGBT Movement," highlighted a number of primary sources documenting the U.S. federal government's stance on issues related to the LGBT movement from the 1800s to the present day. These documents illustrate that, while our society may not be fully inclusive of LGBT people, our government is much more open than it was in the past.
For more information, please visit the guide LGBTQ History in Government Documents. It lists documents discussed in the presentation, including links to those that are freely available online. The authors envision this as a living guide and intend to update it as new relevant resources become available.
Curators of this exhibit gratefully acknowledge colleagues, researchers, and other members of the community for their help in producing this exhibit:
Kelly L. Smith, UC San Diego Library
UC Berkeley Library: William Benemann, Marjorie Bryer, J. Pierre Carrillo, James Eason, Susan Edwards, Celia Emmelhainz, Aisha Hamilton, Tor Haugan, Sine Hwang Jensen, Debbie Jan, Lorna Kirwan, Michael Lange, Lillian Lee, Brian Light, Julie Lefevre, Paul Lynch, Margaret Phillips, Nick Robinson, Jane Rosario, Keridwyn Ryan, Kiyoko Shiosaki, Jesse Silva, Michael Sholinbeck, Dean Smith, Jami Smith, Melissa Stoner, Gisele Tanasse, Hannah Tashjian, Jutta Wiemhoff
GLBT Historical Society Archives and Museum: Joanna Black, Ramon Silvestri, Jim Van Buskirk, Lincoln Cushing, Lisbet Tellefsen.
Berkeley High School staff and students: Lisa Sibony, Deborah Godner, Leila Allen, Oleana Gomez, Maxime Hendrikse Liu, Jaya Nagarajan-Swenson, Giselle Wendt.
Benjamin Edelberg, Mark Jarrett, Mary Chambers
Photo and other image credits
Wikimedia commons: Photo credits: Genusfotografen, Victorgrigas, Franco Folini, mathiaswasik, Pax Ahimsa Gethen, kenwalton
Flickr: Allsdare Hickson
The New York Public Library Digital Collections. Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
AP Images: AP Photo/Southern Poverty Law Center, AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Cathy Cade photographs, The Bancroft Library