Queer History at Brandeis

Over the summer of 2018, graduate students in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program of Brandeis University began working on a project designed to locate, archive, and highlight the university’s decades of queer history. Thanks to the archives of the Justice, researchers were able to find documentation of LGBTQ+ activities and communities on campus stretching back as far as 1957, and begin assembling an oral queer history by interviewing Brandeis alumni. The first wave of research has been collected in this timeline, with plans to bring more events, more stories, and more remarkable people to light. 

View Accessible Version of This Timeline

This project is ongoing, with current efforts directed towards creating a podcast using the original audio from alumni interviews. Feel free to check back in and see our progress, or reach out to wgstudies@brandeis.edu for more information! If you would like to share a story for this project, please email wgstudies@brandeis.edu

Through this project,  the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program also has transcripts available from alumni and faculty interview. If you would like access to the interviews for research purposes, please contact Shannon Kearns.

Thanks to the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections and the archives of the Justice.

Project Team: Rebecca Barton (GS), Wendy Cadge, Jay Collay ('22), Shannon Kearns, Samantha Leonard (GS), Wren Li ('22), Madeline Scranton ('20), Riley Thomas (GS)

With thanks to our oral history participants: Amy Agigian (GS), Noah Brandman '03, Professor Bernadette Brooten, Christian Churchill (GS), Lisa Fortman '07, Al Ittelson '06, Artemio Miguel Jongco III '97, Professor Tom King