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Being LGBTQIA+ at Winthrop: an oral history project

by Baylee Hughes on 2021-02-18T13:57:00-05:00 | Comments

Dacus Library and Pettus Archives are proud to present Being LGBTQIA+ at Winthrop, an oral history project focused on those who identify as a LGBTQIA+ member and are associated with Winthrop University. Volunteers can be current Winthrop University students, alumni, faculty, staff, or former employees. The participants share their personal identity stories through interviews, describing what it is or was like to be of a "non-traditional" identity and be apart of the Winthrop University community and the Rock Hill area.

Due to COVID-19 safety policies and for accessibility reach, all interviews will be conducted virtually through Zoom.

Once processed and transcribed, these interviews will be available on the Digital Commons for viewing or listening. Participants can choose to have their stories to be audio-only or transcribed (words only) for the public to view. If they wish, volunteers can also be anonymous, meaning their identity will not show publicly in order to protect their privacy.



So far, there are over twenty interviewee volunteers!
Special thanks to the alumni and faculty who
are helping to spread the word of this project!





The project display board in Dacus Library

The Mission:

These interviews are valuable first-person insights in our history, from a perspective of a LGBTQIA+ individual. Records will serve not only as points of historic reference for future researchers, but also materials in which similar identities can relate to. We hope to give power to voices through content. It is important to obtain, preserve, and organize every aspect of human history.

Interested in volunteering? Know someone who might be? 

Want to suggest another resource for this page?

Contact to volunteer or for more information.

LGBTQIA+ & Related Resources


Office of Diversity and Student Engagement

Campus Safe Zones

Research Database: Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender


Camp Gender Bender

Charlotte Black Pride Organization

Harriett Hancock Center

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