Share Your Story

We want this community archive to represent all members of the LGBTQ+ community. That means hearing from everyone. You do not have to be an activist or well-known leader. Everyone who has lived in East Tennessee and identifies as queer contributes to our history and culture. Your story is valuable! Your story is wanted! We would be honored if you shared with us. There are several ways that you can share your story, including doing an oral history interview with us, sending us pre-recorded stories, photographs, videos, art, music, or other memorabilia related to your life as a LGBTQ+ person.

Donate Memorabilia

Do you have memorabilia or other objects related to LGBTQ+ history in East Tennessee? Consider donating them to our archive so that they can be preserved and shared with others for years to come. If you are not ready to part with your items just yet, we may be able to scan or photograph them. You can also provide an advanced plan in your will that will make sure that your legacy is gifted to the archive.

Serve on an Advisory Team

We are forming Advisory Teams to advise us on what types of artifacts and stories are important within specific communities of the larger LGBTQ+ community. If you are interested in serving on an advisory team for the following identities, please let us know: BIPOC, Transgender and Non-Binary, Drag Performers, Lesbians/Bi Women, Ace/Aro.

Be a Community Archivist

We need help collecting artifacts that are related to LGBTQ+ life in East Tennessee. A community archivist will take photos and video of events, clip newspaper articles on queer topics, pick up newsletters, brochures, etc., save e-newsletters and save websites. When it comes to all things queer, our motto is See it, Save it, Share it. Creating a community archive takes the entire community. We’d love to have your help.

Take our one credit class at UT or do an internship/practicum

Starting in Fall 2019, we began offering a 1 credit course in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, and offering practicums in Information Sciences and Internships in History and WGS at UTK. We match students up with work in the archive that aligns with their interests and make sure that they get practical, hands-on experience.

In past semesters, students have:

  • represented the project at events
  • archived social media and websites
  • scanned documents & photos
  • transcribed oral history interviews
  • served as a liaison to LGBTQ+ organizations
  • researched East TN LGBTQ+ history
  • created digital projects like timelines, storytelling, podcasts, maps, etc.
  • collected LGBTQ+ newspaper articles, flyers, posters, photos, etc.
  • conducted inventory of collections
  • shared about the project within their networks
  • provided tech support and real-time transcribing of our programs

Have other ideas? Let us know!
Students should contact Donna Braquet directly at donna@utk.edu