Pittsburgh Queer History Project



Pittsburgh Queer History Project

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The Pittsburgh Queer History Project (PQHP)  is an oral history and media archive focusing on LGBT nightlife in Pittsburgh PA from 1960 to 1990. Founded by Harrison Apple in 2012 the project began as an investigation of gay-owned-and-operated after-hours nightclubs. Within these nightclubs LGBT Pittsburghers used fraternal organization charters as semi-legal shelters and created an after-dark community of labor and love. These emergent communities of membership formed the basis of a self-aware gay and lesbian community which combatted police harassment and the AIDS epidemic while facing the swift economic decline of Pittsburgh. In the years following heavy outmigration from steel cities like Pittsburgh these histories have become all but forgotten.

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Brian M. Watson

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