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Documenting Queer History

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Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library

3160 16th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20010

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Join us for a moderated discussion about how queer history in DC is being documented, and why it is important. Hear about the methods and motivations for documenting queer history. Speakers will include:

  • JEB (Joan E. Biren) is a photographer, filmmaker, and social justice activist who began chronicling LGBTQ+ lives in 1971. Her most recent work, Being Seen Makes A Movement Possible, is a photographic installation currently on display in the window façade of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in NY.

  • Ty Ginter (they/them) is a Queer hxstorian and historic preservationist who specializes in intangible heritage and the built environment. They are the co-founder of D.C. Dykaries, an oral history and documentation project that focuses on documenting and preserving Washington D.C.'s lost lesbian, Sapphic, and womxn's heritage. Follow them @dykaries on Facebook and on Twitter or Instagram @presbutch.

  • Jose Gutierrez is a local and national long time human rights and social justice activist, immigration advocate, Latinx LGBTQ historian, artist, writer and a poet. He is the founder of the Latino GLBT History Project, the DC Latino Pride and co-founder of the Rainbow History Project. Currently Jose is writing a book about the history of the Washington, DC Latinx LGBTQ.

  • Meg Metcalf is the Women’s, Gender, & LGBTQ+ Studies Collection Specialist and Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress. Meg has served in various leadership roles at the Library, foremost of which is her stewardship of the LC employee organization for LGBTQ+ staff and allies, LC-GLOBE. Follow her on Twitter or bookstagram @queeriodicals.

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