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Welcome to the LGBTQ Oral History Project at UIC.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, UIC students enrolled in Professor Jennifer Brier's GWS/HIST 403–Sexuality and Culture—will create an oral history project organized around the life experiences of LGBTQ UIC Alumni. Over the course of the semester, the students will study oral history as a method of historical research as well as learn more about the history of LGBTQ life in Chicago in the 20th century. Each student will interview one alumni and then use the other course materials to write an essay about the alumni narrator as an actor in Chicago’s diverse LGBTQ past. While the questions will be produced through discussion as a class, students will ask narrators to share their experiences about their process of becoming LGBTQ people along side their experiences of coming of age and being part of UIC/Chicago communities. All the interviews will be digital recorded and the recordings will be posted to a class website for sharing between all class members.

This is just the beginning.

We expect this oral history project will continue to grow. The Gender and Sexuality Center intends to work with scholars, students, and staff across campus to collect stories and artifacts as we begin to write and publicly share the history of same-gender loving and gender non-conforming people who have played a role in shaping UIC into the vibrant campus that it is today.

Here’s where you come in.

If you are a LGBTQ alum and want to be interviewed by a current UIC student please email Megan Carney, Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center, at

Thank you for your interest in this project. We look forward to hearing from you.

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