The newly published LGBTQ subject guide was created to celebrate Queer History Month, which occurs every October and includes National Coming Out Day on October 11th. We hope this list of materials can help you with any of your current or future LGBTQ research. To begin this LGBTQ subject guide, I began by using Wake Forest alumnus Justice von Maur’s thesis as a guideline to determine which LGBTQ-related university records were popularly used by researchers. Her thesis, entitled “An Oral History of Gay and Lesbian Activism at Wake Forest University 1985 to 2000” draws heavily from university archives, as well as other local publications, such as the Winston-Salem Journal.
Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center is also a great resource for information and is also a place where students, faculty, staff, and alumni can connect through education and leadership programs related to gender identity and sexual orientation. The LGBTQ Center was established in 2011 and continues to serve as a resource not just for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff, but the campus as a whole. The LGBTQ Center Records in the University Archives include news clippings, correspondence, flyers, and materials.
Another highlight of this subject guide is the collection of LGBTQ Oral History Interviews, which were created as a part of Dr. Angela Mazaris’s classes from Spring 2012 and Fall 2015. Dr. Mazaris is the Director of the LGBTQ Center and Part Time Assistant Teaching Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Another rich and interactive resource created by one of Mazaris’s classes is the timeline entitled “Mother So Queer: A Queer History of Wake Forest University.” This timeline was curated by Mazaris’s Queer Public History class in Fall 2015.
After reading this blog post and subject guide, please feel free to use the hashtags #LGBTQatWFU and #WFUQHM2018 to share your thoughts as you celebrate Queer History Month. Make sure to check out the LGBTQ Center’s Programs & Events page and Twitter (@wfu_lgbtq) to keep up with programs and events occurring on campus.