Oral History in the LGBTQ communityPosted: February 3, 2016
I am mainly interested in exploring oral history within the LGBTQ community, particularly with older men and women who have witnessed the changes in the world that have affected their right to equality. Given that Homosexuality was a criminal offence until 1967, I am curious to better understand how people’s lives have been affected by changes to law, social attitudes, and popular culture. I would then like to better understand how these people lived prior to the legalisation of their lifestyle.
LGBTQ issues are now a hot-topic issue, particularly with recent releases of films like THE DANISH GIRL and CAROL, and particularly with recent legal and social movements, such as the U.S. Supreme Cpurt ruling, favouring same-sex marriage as being a fundental right. Clearly, there has been tremendous change in recent years where this community (and the rights of those within) are concerned. By conducting an Oral Hostory with an older member of the community, I will be able to hear more about his or her life as a closeted (or conversely, persecuted) individual. Likewise, this person can then relay personal information about how his or her life has changed with the on-going progress of LGBTQ acceptance.