2022 Queer History South Conference

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IDEA and UNT Libraries are excited to sponsor the 2022 Queer History South Conference — Archives for ALL, Y’all!, a conference of 300 scholars, university librarians, archivists, museum curators, students, historians, and community volunteers, and laypeople who share an involvement with LGBTQIA+ history archives. Our focus is "The South” region of the United States, as one third of US citizens who identify as LGBTQIA+ live in the 13 states referred to as The South.

The Friday and Saturday opening sessions (which are open to full conferences attendees, community members, and will be recorded for the delayed broadcast attendance) will focus on the histories of LGBTQIA+ People of Color in Texas. We have currently secured Moe Vela, a Latino Texan who served in the Obama, Biden, and Gore administrations, to speak on his experiences and the process of recording his own history in text.

The Sunday closing session will feature representatives from the landmark supreme court cases for LGBTQIA+ rights, Baker v Wade and Lawrence v Texas.

Anyone who shares an interest in archiving and preserving this important history is welcome to attend. This year’s conference will focus on digital accessibility and community networking.

Queer History South 2022 will be held in Dallas, TX, February 18 - 20, 2022. Registration is now open.