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What is the Arizona LGBTQ Storytelling Project?


The Arizona LGBTQ Storytelling Project is the cornerstone collection and programmatice focus of the Arizona Queer Archives. Virtual access to the queer/ed digital database is now available while our collections continue to grow.

The Storytelling Project is Arizona’s first LGBTQ archive, started in 2008 with funding from the Alliance Fund of Southern Arizona, to record and commemorate the voices, images, and memories of LGBTQ people living in the state of Arizona. The goal is to develop and build on the historical record of the diverse LGBTQ individuals and communities here in Arizona, capture memories of historical moments and movements, reveal our struggles, triumphs, healing, and beliefs; as well as share knowledge with future generations.

Special thanks go out to many people and organizations that made this project possible and continue to make our LGBTQ oral histories an important part of Arizona's historical record:

Pan Left Productions for their fiscal sponsorship and ongoing technical support since the very first Alliance Fund grant in January 2008;

Elizabeth Burden for intitial connections within the community to better understand the multimodal ways to disseminate digital video oral histories;

Eithne Luibheid, former Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, and Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor in English, for long conversations about how the oral histories might be streamed and accessed through the University of Arizona's iTunes Unversity account;

Gregory Anderson at the U of A for help to develop a computerized workflow to efficiently and effectively compress and upload oral histories to iTunes University;

Alliance Fund of Southern Arizona, Arizona Humanities Council, Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), Kresge Art in P.L.A.C.E. fund through TPAC, Institute for LGBT Studies, Pan Left Productions, Southwest Feminists Reunite, and many individual donors along the way;

Susan Stryker, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, and the Institute for LGBT Studies for moving the project forward in significant ways, for supporting the project into its next vibrant phase, and for archival wisdom and institutional support; and

• to all participants who are willing to tell their stories in front of the camera and those who are willing to learn the video production skills to carry the work into the community.