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The Arizona Queer Archives is the state of Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) archive being established through the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. The Arizona Queer Archives uses and pulls the word queer into the way we will go about collecting, preserving, and making AQA collections accessible as we work closely with diverse LGBTQ communities throughout Arizona to develop an archive that is for, by, and about us. We are challenging some of the traditional archival norms to make way for new and queer/ed structures of representation, storytelling, and meaning-making. We are developing an archive that will be much more than a rigid and dusty pillar of evidence for future generations to come. We are developing an archive that will benefit us today as we collect many histories, stories, movements, and then work with communities to engage with our collections in new and creative ways. We want an archive that is flexible and playful and one that is a living and breathing story of our lives.
Please click on the DONATE tab to learn how you can donate your historical collections and financially support the development of the Arizona Queer Archives. For more information, please contact the Project Director, Jamie A. Lee at this email.