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Celebrate Coming Out Day with these Archaeology Titles

In commemoration of #ComingOutDay, we are featuring titles edited by Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate that emphasize the history and preservation of two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer settings in the United States. Browse the editors’ works below and read freely accessible excerpts by following the links.

Winner of the 2020 UMW Center for Historic Preservation Book Prize!
Historic Preservation by and of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

Significant historic and archaeological sites affiliated with two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history in the United States are examined in this unique volume. The importance of the preservation process in documenting and interpreting the lives and experiences of queer Americans is emphasized. The book features chapters on archaeology and interpretation, as well as several case studies focusing on queer preservation projects. The accessible text and associated activities create an interactive and collaborative process that encourages readers to apply the material in a hands-on setting.

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Changing Labels and Intersectional Communities of LGBTQ and Two-Spirit People in the United States

With a focus on historic sites, this volume explores the recent history of non-heteronormative Americans from the early twentieth century onward and the places associated with these communities. Authors explore how queer identities are connected with specific places: places where people gather, socialize, protest, mourn, and celebrate. The focus is deeper look at how sexually variant and gender non-conforming Americans constructed identity, created communities, and fought to have rights recognized by the government. Each chapter is accompanied by prompts and activities that invite readers to think critically and immerse themselves in the subject matter while working collaboratively with others.

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A Thematic Approach to the Histories of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people have established gathering spaces to find acceptance, form social networks, and unify to resist oppression. Framing the emergence of queer enclaves in reference to place, this volume explores the physical and symbolic spaces of LGBTQ Americans. Authors provide an overview of the concept of “place” and its role in informing identity formation and community building. The book also includes interactive project prompts, providing opportunities to practically apply topics and theories discussed in the chapters.

Read Chapter 1. Making Community: The Places and Spaces of LGBTQ Collective Identity Formation

Katherine Crawford-Lackey is a PhD candidate in public history at Middle Tennessee State University. She currently serves as a contractor with the National Park Service. Her research focuses on public commemoration and place-based history. She recently co-authored an article with Barbara Little, “Exploring American Places with the Discovery Journal: A Guide to Co-Creating Meaningful Interpretation” (The George Wright Forum).

Megan E. Springate works in the National Park Service Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education. She currently serves as the National Coordinator for the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration for the NPS. Her edited volume, LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (National Park Foundation and National Park Service, 2016) was awarded the 2018 Paul E. Buchanan Award by the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

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Berghahn Journals

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, Berghahn Journals is offering free access to the following articles* until October 18.

Secret Years: Hungarian Lesbian Herstory, 1950s–2000s
Anna Borgos (Volume 9)

Anan D’Sageinan B’Shleimuta: A Theology of LGBTQ Integrity, Integration and Rabbinic Leadership
Shulamit Ambalu (Vol. 49, Issue 2)

Queer Jews Talking Their Way in
Rachel Adler (Vol. 49, Issue 2)

Talking My Way In: Reflections on the Journey of a Lesbian Feminist Queer Rabbi
Elli Tikvah Sarah (Vol. 49, Issue 2)

Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics: Disrupting Normative Notions
Mel Gibson (Vol. 13, Issue 1)

Special Issue: Queering Girlhood (Vol. 12, Issue 1)

Who (the) Girls and Boys Are: Gender Nonconformity in Middle-Grade Fiction
Michele Byers (Vol. 11, Issue 1)

Perfect Love in a Better World: Same-Sex Attraction between Girls
Wendy L. Rouse (Vol. 10, Issue 3)

Theorizing “The Plunge”: (Queer) Girls’ Adolescence, Risk, and Subjectivity in Blue is the Warmest Color
Michelle Miller (Vol. 10, Issue 1)

Special Issue: Sex Across the Ages: Restoring Intergenerational Dynamics to Queer History (Vol. 46, Issue 1)

“Hot Guys” in Tel Aviv: Pride Tourism in Israel
Amit Kama and Yael Ram (Vol. 35, Issue 1)

Defiant Deviance and Franco-Moroccan Cinema’s Queer Representations of Masculinity
Lowry Martin (Vol. 1, Issue 1)

Special Issue: Screening Non-Binary and Trans Bodies (Vol. 5, Issue 1)

“The Theatricality of the Emulsion!”: Queerness, Tactility, and Abstraction in the Hand-Processed Films of Roger Jacoby
Benjamin Ogrodnik (Vol. 4, Issue 2)

Transitions Within Queer North African Cinema: Nouri Bouzid, Abdellah Taïa, and the Transnational Tourist
Walter S. Temple (Vol. 2, Issue 2)

Whose Club Is It Anyway?: The Problematic of Trans: Representation in Mainstream Films——“Rayon” and Dallas Buyers Club
Akkadia Ford (Vol. 1, Issue 2)

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