Projects & Collections
The images you see on our website are made up of just a fraction of the complex and diverse Queer and Trans history of Alabama and represent history from the late 1970s to the mid-2000s. These images have been selected so you can see some of what our collection seeks to build as the project grows and as our relationships with donors increase over time. We hope that you will continue to check back on our site to see this collection of images grow as we continue to uncover and make visible this amazing history.
Early 1900s Chapbook: Central Alabama
Early 1900s chapbook written by Joe Hulse from Central Alabama. The chapbook contains Gay themed poetry written by Joe to several men that he has relationships with. This book stands in stark opposition to the idea that Southern Queer community history is a modern invention, and serves to remind us that the locations of Alabama Queer history exist in multiple formats throughout history. The photo is almost certainly diarist Joe Hulse on the left and I strongly suspect (because of where photo was laid into the diary) "Alf" (to whom one of the poems was dedicated) on the right. "The Perfect Summer's Day"). Almost certain they are in the Cahaba River in the shallow part out near Irondale.
Southeastern Queer Bar Guides
Cruise was an Atlanta based publication that listed Gay bars across the South. This issue is from 1976 and Alabama LGBTQ people used it to find local bars, bookstores, and cinemas. Barfly is a Gay publication that lists Gay bars in each state. The unique thing about Barfly is that is lists different aspects of each bar with a "key" that people can access to the side. This list shows a selection of Gay bars in Alabama from 1973. Vagabond was a Gay publication that listed Gay bars in US states. This list from the late 1960s shows a selection of Gay bars across Alabama. (Photos courtesy of J.D. Doyle & the Queer Music Heritage Project)
The University of Alabama Gay Student Union
A t-shirt from the 1st anniversary of the Gay Student Union at the University of Alabama. The GSU was the 1st LGBTQ group at UA and one of the first in the state.
Josh Burford speaks with Glenda Elliot about his work in Charlotte, NC and how the collection process for iHP-AL works.
Dr. Glenda Elliott is an Alabama native who has been instrumental in progressing the rights of LGBTQ people both in her personal life and her role as a counselor. Her collection represents a life that has been lived in service to the Queer and Trans community and reflects her time as a professional educator, activist, and advocate for the rights of LGBTQ communities across the Southeast. Glenda was on of the founders of ALGBTICAL, a professional organization within the Alabama Counseling Association that elevates the issues that impact the Queer and Trans community.
Brianna Patterson, Trans Firefighter, Birmingham, AL
Brianna is a military veteran, former firefighter, and current graduate student who is working hard to change the narrative about Transgender people in the South. Read her story of overcoming discrimination in the workplace and her work to become her whole self.
iHP-AL is a fully incorporated 501C3 effective October 12th, 2016. Donors can deduct contributions that they make under IRS Section 170. iHP-AL is listed as a public charity as determined by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America. iHP-AL has the public charity status 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi).