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King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive

Publications: Journals, Newsletters, Newspapers, etc

  • Blue Nights: Gay man's guide to adult entertainment (1992-2000)
  • C.L.N: Carolina lesbian news - published in Charlotte (1997-1999)
  • Charlotte Free Press - North Carolina's first LGBTQ newspaper and began publishing in 1975
  • Free Press - succeeding title to Charlotte Free Press, which changed its name in 1976
  • Qnotes [Available Online] - LGBTQ arts, entertainment and news publication based in Charlotte (1983-present)
  • RFD: longest-running reader-written gay quarterly; it began publication in 1974; it focuses on "country living" and alternative lifestyles (@Atkins 1976-1979, 2000)
  • Whatever - local gay ‘zine (bar rag) published between 1977 and 1981 (1977-1980)

Oral Histories

The Charlotte Queer Oral History Project was established as a community-based project to capture oral histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from Charlotte and its surrounding counties. The project was initiated in 2015 to complement the developing holdings of the King Henry Brockington LGBTQ+ archive. Initial partners included prominent individuals in the region's LGBTQ community and staff at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The project continues to plan for future additions of oral histories representing a broad range of the region's LGBTQ+ experience.

Charlotte LGBTQ+ Oral History Collection includes oral history interviews conducted as part of the Charlotte Queer History Project, as well as those conducted in ongoing efforts by UNC Charlotte Atkins Library to document the local LGBTQ+ community. The bulk of the interviews can be listened to by visiting Charlotte LGBTQ+ oral histories in our digital repository.