“Humanizing Queer History” at the Arizona State University Library
From the ASU Library News Channel:
This post is an excerpt, authored by Claudio Garcia, a student worker in Noble Library and a classics major at ASU. Here, Garcia examines the need to preserve LGBT history in Arizona and its impact on queer youth.
For many years, I remained unaware of a thriving queer culture and history that was far more compatible with my personality. For too long, queer people have been erased from history, at best, or been demonized by educators and historians, at worst. Despite working for ASU Library, I did not become acquainted with the work of special collections until I found the Arizona LGBT History Project, a collaboration between ASU Library and Phoenix Pride, the largest LGBT organization in the state.
Immediately, I was captivated by the project. I had the luck of studing queer history in college, but I knew that many did not have the same opportunities. I could only imagine how I might have been affected – how much loneliness and disconnection I might have been spared – if I had known about such a project in my own youth.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.