Our Team

Donna Braquet, Project Co-Director

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Professor, University Libraries
Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 37996
dbraquet@utk.edu, 865-974-0016


Kat Brooks, Project Co-Director

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Commons Librarian
Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 37996
kbrooks@utk.edu


Kris Bronstad

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Kris is the Modern Political Archivist and serves as the Sociology and Political Science librarian.

“I am excited that this project will let queer people of Knoxville tell their stories and share their histories.”


Shaina Destine

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Shaina Destine is currently the History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Librarian for UT Libraries. She is a perpetually unbothered oldest sister of six siblings from the South Bronx in New York City. She has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. Her interests include anything Black – Black archives, Black people, Black Mirror and building Black futures. She is the descendant of a long line of strong unbossed women and the ancestor of a longer line of future history-makers. She loves food, traveling and her wonderful wife.

“I’m excited about archiving, transcription, and learning LGBTQ+ history in this part of this country!”


Allison Heming

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“It is beyond time for queer and trans people, especially southern queer and trans people, to tell their stories. This project allows each and every person to tell that person’s unique story, which is absolutely invaluable.”


Zack Plaster

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Zack keeps busy. You might have met him serving pizzas at Tomato Head during undergrad, coordinating UT’s annual Sex Week, mixing your cocktail at Public House on a Friday night, coordinating music festivals & concerts with AC Entertainment, making posters at Striped Light, dancing like a madman at Sassy Ann’s on a Thursday (RIP), karaokeing Patsy Cline at Marie’s on a Wednesday, or most recently working as the Marketing + Communications specialist at McClung Museum. Zack will now be coordinating marketing & outreach efforts for the Voices Out Loud project. No matter where you met Zack, you can be sure that he was excited to meet you.

“I am so excited to uncover the connective tissue that holds our community together. There have always been LGBTQ+ people in our region, but our stories have historically been hidden by ourselves or erased by others. Through Voices Out Loud we have the opportunity to discover more about the solidarity, hope, & passion that has sustained the LGBTQ+ community in East Tennessee for generations.”