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HON 101: Exploring Special Collections: LGBTQ* Community

This online exercise showcases archival collections from the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. It is designed for use in HON 101 courses, as a virtual introduction to primary source research and archival materials.

About the Materials


Lexington's controversial rainbow crosswalk will remain. For now. |  Lexington Herald Leader

This identity group has materials from the more recent past, mostly from the 1990s. The documents include flyers and informational resources for other members of the community. Together, the materials demonstrate this identity group’s history of activism and fight for acceptance, as well as the community’s response to the AIDS crisis. The materials also show how the group promoted a shared sense of identity.


- Record relevant information about the materials you looked at as a group. Include details like people, places, names, events, activities, etc.

- What knowledge do these materials provide about identity, community, and population, as well as how they are constructed? What is one thing you can conclude about these communities from the materials?

- Do you think these materials are important? Why were they kept or preserved?

- What organizations related to LGBTQ* rights are still active in Lexington, or Kentucky, today? What are some of their main initiatives or causes?


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Matthew Strandmark
110 M.I. King Library
UK Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506

LBTQIA* Materials