ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Nonprofit Group Uncovering the Hidden LGBTQ History of America’s Deep South

08/20/2018 | Chicago Tribune

A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. Burns is now among the donors to a nonprofit organization that’s gathering information about the hidden history of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and others in the Southern United States. Established in late 2016, the Birmingham-based Invisible Histories Project already has gathered boxes full of information about gay life in Alabama, including decades-old directories of gay-friendly businesses dating to the late 1960s; activist T-shirts; records from gay-rights groups; and rainbow-themed material.

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