About the Project

Documenting, chronicling and preserving LGBTIQ histories and experiences in Virginia.

The William & Mary LGBTIQ Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia aims to better understand, chronicle and preserve the history of LGBTIQ people in Virginia. Beginning with research at the Library of Virginia, the Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Commonwealth University, William & Mary, and other archives, student researchers engage communities, preserve knowledge and discover histories related to LGBTIQ experiences in our state. This research project is part of a larger national effort to document the histories of LGBTIQ people and the policies and laws that have affected their lives. Student research, under faculty guidance, focuses on state laws and policies that affected and may still affect the lives of LGBTIQ people and communities in the Commonwealth.

This project is funded in part by the LGBTIQ Research Fund in History that supports projects at William & Mary that seek to document the LGBTIQ past. Find out how to support the project.