Queer Voices in Deseret: The Intermountain West LGBTQ+ Oral History Project

John E. Priegnitz (Utah State University)

Following the passing of a friend who witnessed firsthand the transformation of Salt Lake City’s Queer community from the 1950s to 2020, I created the Intermountain West LGBTQ+ Oral History Project to document the queer experience within the Intermountain West. Since beginning the project in 2021, I have documented several diverse stories that intersect class, race, gender, sexuality, faith, and politics. By documenting the queer experience, a marginalized community will have their voices heard and preserved for the enlightenment of future generations. This presentation provides an overview of my project and its preliminary findings.

Part of 07-09 Ethics, Change, and Documentation, Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am–10:00 am