Kentucky LGBTQ Historic Context Narrative

In partnership with the Fairness Campaign, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research created the first statewide historic queer context narrative in the nation. The narrative provides a broad historical overview of LGBTQ people and history in Kentucky and offers guidance in identifying historic sites and sources.
The report includes discussion about the role of race, religion, rurality/regionalism, and privacy in studying LGBTQ history. It provides a slice of Kentucky's rich LGBTQ history, looking at several specific people, places, and events as part of the larger story. It spans the years from the pre-contact era through colonization and into the late twentieth century, focusing on the years after World War II. The Kentucky lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer historic context was funded in part by an Underrepresented Communities Grant via the State, Tribal and Local Plans and Grants Division of the National Park Service. 

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