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The Archive page features primary source material from Nashville’s LGBTQ+ history. You can search through photographs, newspapers, and oral histories from regional archival institutions. You can also learn about ways to contribute your own items to the archive, either by donating to a regional institution or by preserving your own materials with some helpful tips.

Bianca Paige the Pantomime Rage sits atop a large pink elephant for the company Flamboyant Design during the 1998 Nashville Pride parade (Source: Albert Gore Research Center).

Historic Photos

Look through the Albert Gore Research Center’s Flickr account to see nearly 400 images from Nashville Pride parades, ally churches, LGBTQ+ organizations, buildings, and more. If you join Flickr for free, you can add your own information and memories to the comment section of each photo.

Inaugural issue of Dare, a newsweekly published in Nashville and started by Jef Ellis and Stuart Bivin in 1988 (Source: Albert Gore Research Center).


Read over 1,300 digitized pages from queer newspapers published in Nashville and the South, covering the 1970s to 1990s.

Participants in the oral history documentary, A Secret Only God Knows, by the Brooks Fund History Project (Source: YouTube).

Oral Histories

Oral history interviews are crucial to documenting marginalized narratives. Listen to stories from LGBTQ+ people who loved, protested, danced, and made a life in Middle Tennessee.


Do you have a story to tell? Did you keep photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, t-shirts, and more that represent your experiences in the LGBTQ+ community? Do you want to help current and future generations learn about the power of past trials and triumphs? Find out how you can donate your items to an archival institution, or how you can preserve your own archive.

“History isn’t something you look back at and say it was inevitable. It happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities.”