The everyday lives of activists and community members in Western North Carolina didn’t make it into the history books. A UNC Asheville professor is launching a project to bring to light the untold queer stories in our region.
Here’s more on the project – and how it’s a part of a larger preservation effort across the Southeast.
Queer history is presented as a narrow space, says Josh Burford. It’s mostly just for the urban, white, wealthy and able-bodied. Burford wants to change that perception in the South.
“I think that for me as a member of the queer community having access to the past always felt like something unattainable, says Burford. “ I always just assumed that I would never see any people like me reflected in my history.”
Photo Courtesy of the Invisible History Project / Josh Burford