This week marks the launch of a new UW online project: the LGBTQ Activism in Seattle History Project. Part of the larger Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, this effort “details and documents the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activism in Seattle with a narrative history, photos, oral histories, a timeline and catalog of LGBTQ activist organizations.” The resource was compiled by UW History doctoral student Kevin McKenna and features many materials from the Libraries Pacific Northwest Collection.
The site is celebrated by the campus community and activists and members of the LGBTQA community. Kevin McKenna, who is currently teaching at Lewis and Clark in Portland, talked about the project, the oral history interviews, and the work that still needs to be done to document and bring awareness of the history and legacy of LGBTQ activism to new generations. Kevin stated “the launch of the online project as part of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project is just the beginning.”
Take time to read through the website, view the digitized materials from our many collections, and watch the oral history interviews.
The PNW Collection’s LGBTQ materials continue to grow. Visit this PNW guide to explore the LGBTQ collections (archival collections, published works, websites, and photographs) in Special Collections.
Pacific Northwest Curator