While June is Pride Month, October is LGBTQ History Month. National coming out day is Friday, October 11, 2019. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. At UNT, LGBTQ history is supported in our faculty research, our campus resources, our faculty networks, and our faculty senate. Here are some of the many stories we tell on campus about LGBTQ history.
The LGBTQ Archive
The UNT Libraries hosts a special collection, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Archive at UNT. The archive is a repository for records documenting the history and culture of the LGBTQ communities in the South and the Southwest. This major collecting initiative documents people, places, and events through primary source materials, including letters, photographs, newspapers and magazines, scrapbooks, diaries, audio-visual materials, organizational records, posters, flyers, and objects.
The Archive includes a Resource Center, the Dallas Way Collection, the Charles Francis Collection, The Dallas Voice newspaper collection, the Betty Fairchild papers, and the Dallas NAMES Project collection.
Materials from the UNT LGBTQ archive have been used in documentaries, feature films, and research papers presented at national and international conferences.
LGBTQ Archive Speaker Series
UNT Libraries has partnered with Resource Center and The Dallas Way to present a fall speaker series benefiting the UNT LGBTQ Archive. Three speakers, all of whom are past UNT Special Collections Research Fellows, will speak on different topics related to LGBTQ history. The speaker series will take place Resource Center’s Louis L. Borick Foundation Auditorium located at 5750 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX. Each event in the series will include a complimentary reception from 5:30-6:00 p.m. followed by the speaker.
Plan to visit October 30 to hear Dr. Chris Babits, Andrew W. Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Babits will discuss the history of the conversion therapy movement, religion, and scientific inquiry. Hear about changing norms in gender and sexuality from the early Cold War into post 9/11 America.
All events in the speaker series are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.