National Park Service: Lesbian Bisexual Gay and Transgender History
  • Stonewall Inn, New York City

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Heritage Initiative

Who is working on LGBTQ Heritage Initiative?

Scholars Roundtable

The following individuals participated in the Scholars’ Roundtable on June 10, 2014 and provided input and ideas regarding the extent and organization of the theme study (note that unlike other Heritage Initiatives, the National Park System Advisory Board has not convened a standing committee for the LGBTQ Initiative).

Dr. Katie Batza, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Dr. Eliza Byard, Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), New York City.

Ms. Paloma Bolasny, Historian with the National Park Service Cultural Resources Office of Outreach and Coordinator, Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, Washington, DC.

Dr. Drew Bourn, Historian and Archivist at Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Dr. Nan Alamilla Boyd, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.

Dr. Julio Capó, Jr., Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. John D’Emilio, retired Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Petra L. Doan, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Dr. Jen Jack Gieseking, Postdoctoral Fellow in New Media & Data Visualization in the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Beginning Fall 2015, Dr. Gieseking will be Assistant Professor of Public Humanities in the American Studies Program at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

Dr. Christina B. Hanhardt, Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dr. Jamie Jacobs, National Park Service Historian for the Historic American Buildings Survey and the National Historic Landmarks Program, Washington, DC.

Mr. Gerard Koskovich, historian, curator, rare book dealer, and communications consultant, San Francisco, California.

Dr. Barbara Little, program manager, National Park Service Cultural Resources Office of Outreach, Washington, DC.

Dr. Alexandra Lord, Branch Chief of the National Historic Landmarks Program for the National Park Service, Washington, DC.

Ms. Paula Martinac, writer and editor, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mr. Mark Meinke, community preservationist and historian, Washington, DC.

Dr. La Shonda Mims, Lecturer, Towson University, Towson, Maryland.

Mr. Stephen Morris, Chief, National Park Service Office of International Affairs, Washington, DC.

Dr. Pat O’Brien, Cultural Resource Specialist, National Park Service Intermountain Region Desert Southwest Ecosystems Studies Unit, Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Stephen Pitti, Director of the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and Professor of American Studies and History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Pitti is Chair of the National Park System Advisory Board.

Dr. Will Roscoe, community organizer and historian, San Francisco, California.

Ms. Megan Springate, PhD candidate, University of Maryland at College Park and Prime Consultant to the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative.

Ms. Shayne Watson, Architectural Historian, Oakland, California.

Theme Study Authors

The following individuals have signed contracts to write chapters of the theme study. Please note that at this time, this list does not reflect the entirety of the theme study. As authors agree to write chapters and sign and return their contracts, and as co-authors are secured, they will be added here.

Mr. John Jeffrey Auer IV, PhD Candidate, University of Nevada, Reno: Reno

Ms. Tracy Baim, Publisher and Executive Editor, Windy City Times, Chicago, Illinois: Sex, Love, and Relationships

Dr. Katie Batza, Assistant Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas: LGBTQ and Health

Dr. Drew Bourn, Historian and Archivist, Stanford University, Stanford, California: Spirituality and Religion

Dr. Tara Burk, Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Art and Artists

Dr. Julio Capó, Jr., Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: Miami

Dr. Gail Dubrow, Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Affairs and Planning and History, University of Minnesota: Historic Preservation: Architectural

Dr. Steve Estes, Professor of History, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California: Military

Dr. Susan Ferentinos, Public Historian, Bloomington, Indiana: Interpreting LGBTQ Sites

Dr. Jen Jack Gieseking, Assistant Professor of Public Humanities in American Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut: LGBTQ Places and Spaces

Dr. Deena J. González, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor, Department of Chcana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California: Latino/a LGBTQ

Ms. Donna Graves, Public Historian, California: San Francisco

Dr. Christina B. Hanhardt, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland College Park: Creating Community

Jeffrey A. Harris, independent historian and historic preservation consultant, Hampton, Virginia: African American LGBTQ

Ms. Jessica Herczeg-Konecny, Digital Asset Manager, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan: Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Ellie D. Hernandez, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara: Latino/a LGBTQ

Dr. Loraine Hutchins, Author, Educator, Activist: Bisexuality

Dr. Colin R. Johnson, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington: Rural LGBTQ

Dr. David K. Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of South Florida: Business and Commerce

Mr. Gerard Koskovich, historian, curator, rare book dealer, and communications consultant, San Francisco, California: Historic Preservation: Archival

Mr. Gerard Koskovich, historian, curator, rare book dealer, and communications consultant, San Francisco, California: Historic Preservation

Mr. Ken Lustbader, Historic Preservation Program Officer, J.M. Kaplan Fund, New York City: New York City

Mr. Mark Meinke, Executive Co-Chair, Rainbow Heritage Network, Washington, DC: Prologue

Dr. Leisa Meyer, Professor, American Studies and History, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia: General History

Dr. Kevin J. Mumford, Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: African American

Dr. Will Roscoe, Community Organizer and Historian, San Francisco, California: Two-Spirit

Dr. Leila J. Rupp, Professor, Department of Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara: Teaching LGBTQ History

Mr. Jay Shockley, Architectural/Cultural Historian and Historic Preservationist, New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project, New York City: New York City

Ms. Katherine Schweighofer, Doctoral candidate and instructor, Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University and Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, Butler University: Leisure and Sport

Ms. Megan Springate, PhD candidate, University of Maryland: Introduction; Civil Rights; Archaeological Context

Dr. Marc Stein, Professor of History, San Francisco State University: Crime, Punishment, and the Law

Dr. Susan Stryker, Professor, Gender and Women's Studies, and Director of Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona: Transgender

Dr. Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Dean, College of Ethnic Studies; Professor, Race and Resistance Studies; Professor, Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University: Asian American

Ms. Shayne Watson, Architectural Historian, Oakland, California: San Francisco

Peer Reviewers

Each chapter of the theme study is peer reviewed by two reviewers. This process helps to ensure the quality of the research and information presented.


  • Ms. Tracy Baim, Publisher and Executive Editor, Windy City Times, Chicago.

  • Dr. Aaron Belkin, Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University

  • Dr. Nan Alamilla Boyd, Professor, Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University

  • Mr. Daryl Carr, Acting Executive Director, GLBT Historical Society, California

  • Dr. Melinda Chateauvert, historian and activist, Washington, DC and New Orleans

  • Dr. John D’Emilio, Professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies Emeritus, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Dr. Petra L. Doan, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University

  • Dr. Gail Dubrow, Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Affairs and Planning and History, University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Julie Enszer, scholar and poet, Publisher and Editor, Sinister Wisdom

  • Dr. Steven Epstein, Professor of Sociology and John C. Shaffer Professor in the  Humanities, Northwestern University, Illinois

  • Ms. Debra Fowler, MEd, Co-Founder, History Unerased, Massachusetts

  • Dr. Nathaniel Frank, Historian, New York

  • Dr. Marcia Gallo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada Las Vegas

  • Dr. Jen Jack Gieseking, Assistant Professor of Public Humanities in American Studies, Trinity College, Connecticut

  • Ms. Laura Hansen, Co-Founder Place Matters, New York

  • Dr. Emily K. Hobson, Associate Professor, History and Gender, Race, and Identity Studies, University of Nevada Reno

  • Dr. Sandra Hollimon, Professor, Anthropology, Santa Rosa Junior College, California

  • Dr. David K. Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of South Florida

  • Ms. Melia Lane-Kamahele, Pacific West Region, National Park Service, Hawai’i

  • Dr. Alexandra M. Lord, Chair and Curator, Medicine and Science Division, National Museum of American History, District of Columbia

  • Ms. Paula Martinac, Historian, North Carolina

  • Dr. LaShonda Mims, Lecturer, Towson University, Maryland

  • Rev. Irene Monroe, Massachusetts

  • Ms. Miriam Morgenstern, Co-Founder, History Unerased, Massachusetts

  • Mr. Hunter O’Hanian, Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York

  • Dr. Stephen Pitti, Director of the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and Professor of American Studies and History, Yale University

  • Dr. Claire Potter, Professor of History, The New School, New York

  • Dr. Don Romesburg, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sonoma State University, California

  • Dr. Gayle S. Rubin, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan

  • Dr. James M. Saslow, Professor Emeritus, City University of New York

  • Dr. Timothy Stewart-Winter, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University, New Jersey

  • Dr. Nicholas Syrett, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Northern Colorado

  • Ms. Rebekah Tanner, MAA, MLS, New York

  • Mr. Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England, Massachusetts

  • Dr. Barbara Voss, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, California

  • Dr. Melissa M. Wilcox, Associate Professor of Religion and Gender Studies, Whitman College, Washington

Acknowledgements

The Gill Foundation donated funds for the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The National Park Foundation has an agreement with the National Park Service to produce the theme study and other products associated with the Heritage Initiative. If you are interested in donating funds to the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, please do so via the National Park Foundation and make sure to earmark your donation to the Initiative.

The theme study is copyedited by Meghan Hogan; layout by Elizabeth Pruitt.

Dr. Barbara Little, Program Manager, NPS Cultural Resources Office of Outreach, Education, and Training is the contact person at the National Park Service for the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative.

Megan Springate is the Prime Consultant for the Initiative. Her responsibilities include overseeing the writing and peer-review of the theme study, responding to public comment, updating the map of LGBTQ places, and helping keep the project on schedule. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland.