Out Nation: Radio Archives Preserve Houston's LGBTQ History; Louisville Unveils First LGBTQ Kentucky Historical Marker

Emily Vinson and Bethany Scott. Photos via uh.edu.

Two archivists have been preserving Houston's LGBTQ history, and Louisville unveils the first LGBTQ Kentucky historical marker.

Radio Archives Preserve Houston’s LGBTQ History

Emily Vinson and Bethany Scott have been cataloging hours of old Houston shows made by and for LGBTQ individuals, according to KERA News. The two archivists have been posting the mid-1970s radio shows online through the University of Houston. These shows aired on and off for over 30 years.

“Houston is not maybe the first place you think when you think LGBTQ history,” Vinson told KERA News. “You think maybe New York or San Francisco,” she continues. “But a lot was happening here. I mean, you can imagine what it meant to be on the radio in 1977, identifying as a gay person.”

Louisville Unveils First LGBTQ Kentucky Historical Marker


Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign. Photo via cflouisville.org.

The Fairness Campaign, a Kentucky LGBTQ advocacy group, revealed the first LGBTQ Kentucky Historical Highway Marker in Louisville on June 6, according to WHAS 11.

"For so many marginalized communities, our history has been intentionally erased or intentionally never recorded to begin with, and so anything we can do to preserve is of the utmost importance," Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign, told WHAS 11.

The historical highway marker honors the Louisville Gay Liberation Front, which, in July 1970 at 420 Belgravia Court, openly advocated for gay equality, organized marches, established Louisville's first LGBTQ hotline and shelter, and introduced a gay studies course at the University of Louisville.

"Let's let this marker be a source of inspiration to all of us to keep going and keep emphasizing that what happens to one of us happens to all of us," Cate Fosl, University of Louisville professor, told WHAS 11. "We have to get there together."


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