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Storytelling for Social Change: Documenting LGBTQ Pride
April 18, 2019 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Brennan Lewis ’19 and Will Froelich Fellow, will share their experience designing a multimedia project documenting LGBTQ Pride in small communities in the U.S. South. Through a series of interviews collected in June 2018 with residents of Huntington, West Virginia, Salisbury, North Carolina, and Florence, Alabama, “Somewhere Queer” questions how LGBTQ Southerners articulate feelings of “pride.” This work pairs audio recordings of LGBTQ Southerners sharing their stories with an analysis of existing frameworks describing Southern LGBTQ identity and community-building strategies. News coverage of LGBTQ Southerners often focuses on anti-gay and anti-transgender violence, suicide, HIV/AIDS, or institutional oppression of LGBTQ people through state and local policy. Yet about 35% of the LGBTQ population in the U.S. lives in Southern states, navigating the complexities and contradictions of queer Southern existence on a daily basis. This project is inspired by a need for positive representations of LGBTQ people making the U.S. South their home — a place where LGBTQ folks can live and thrive.