Charlotte Pride launches intergenerational project documenting local LGBTQ history

Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas, has launched a new intergenerational project to document local LGBTQ and Pride history, in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The new project will pair young people, ages 13-22, with elder members of the LGBTQ community ages 55-plus, using micro oral histories as a medium for chronicling local history and connecting LGBTQ young people with their community’s elders.

The project will recruit and train high school- and college-aged young adults on the ins-and-outs of performing an oral history interview. Young people will be matched with elder LGBTQ community members, who will have the opportunity to share their personal stories and experiences in Charlotte. Elders will also have the opportunity to contribute photographs, documents and other memorabilia to the project. The final culmination of the project includes an online exhibit with audio of the oral histories and galleries of digitized memorabilia, as well as a panel discussion featuring young people and community elders.

The project is presented by Charlotte Pride, working in tandem with the staff of UNC-Charlotte’s J. Murray Atkins Library Special Collections, which houses the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ Community Archive. The project is funded in part by the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund. Oral histories, documents, photographs and other items collected during the project will be featured in the online exhibit, a traveling exhibit and also preserved in perpetuity at the Atkins Library.

Young people and elders interested in participating in this project are encouraged to fill out this interest form. Once completed, Charlotte Pride staff will follow-up with interested parties and connect them with next steps.