From the Associated Press:
A new project is documenting a once-hidden history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, with donors providing troves of information and items on gay life, systemic oppression and activism.
Historian and archivist Joshua Burford said the goal of the Invisible Histories Project is to create a uniquely Southern collection that will “give Southern history back to queer Southerners.”
Established in late 2016, the Birmingham-based nonprofit organization already has gathered boxes full of information about gay life in Alabama, including decades-old directories of gay-friendly businesses dating to the late 1960s, activist T-shirts, records from gay-rights groups, and rainbow-themed material.
The Invisible Histories project will expand its work to Mississippi and Georgia later this year, and organizers hope to cover the entire Southeast within a few years.
Direct to Invisible Histories Project Website