Q

Educational
Archives

Collecting, Preserving and Sharing LGBT History—One Archive at a Time

 

At Q Educational Archives our main hope is that LGBT people can live in a world without fear, discrimination, or violence.

The Q Educational Archives project preserves LGBT archival documents in order to make them available for people wanting information on these topics.

Saving and sharing LGBT history is a crucial component of ending the erasure of sexual and gender minorities. The importance of earnestly preserving these historical materials and cultural artifacts is Q Educational Archives mission.

As we enter the 21st century -- the statistics are disheartening:

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Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

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LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at three times the rate of heterosexual youth.

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LGB youth are five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.

–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016

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In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.

Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality

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LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.

—Family Acceptance Project, 2009

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Sexual and gender minorities are more than twice as likely to be attacked in a violent hate crime because of their actual or perceived identity or status.

—Southern Poverty Law Center, Intelligence Report, 2010

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Statistics are not set in Stone and can be changed. Like Pandora’s box, we find Hope in the bottom of our archival boxes.

The Q Educational Archives project preserves LGBT documents of people, organizations, ideas and culture.

LGBT documents reflect the profound changes that the U.S. culture has experienced in a myriad of areas such as sexuality, marriage, the family, legal issues, gender norms, discrimination, biology, youth, civil rights, hate crimes, right wing/conservative organizing, the military, and love.

At Q Educational Archives we agree that Archives bring the past to the present. Archival records are essential to support a culture’s demand for accountability, and preserve the rights and identity of its citizens.

Archives bring the past to the present. They become the keepers of memory by creating a reliable information bank of a society’s primary sources. The ability to write and analyze the struggle for civil rights is only as good as its documents.

–Barbara Korbal, Project Director

Current Collections in Process

11 Organizations | 86 Boxes | 75 Years of History

  • WIMIN—Women in Movement in New Mexico
  • Neil and Sharon Isbin
  • New Mexico National Association of Social Workers—LGBT Caucus
  • Lavender Heights Community Group
  • Daughter of Bilitis
  • The Normal Heart Newspaper and Organization
  • Old Lesbians Organizing for Change—New Mexico Chapter
  • Kathryn Bryce-Videographer of LGBT Events in New Mexico
  • Common Bond and OUT! Magazine
  • Old Lesbian Oral History Project-New Mexico Oral Histories
  • Jim and Jean Genasci Advocacy Papers
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When the love that dare not speak its name gained a voice, there was an outpouring of words, images, organizations--these are the collections we are preserving.

 We do this work knowing that these materials will be important to artists, filmmakers, educators, scholars, our youth, and those of us who want to take that trip down a sometimes painful, sometimes joyful memory lane.

 

CONTACT US

505.507.3371 | bkorbal@msn.com
P.O. Box 25881 | Albuquerque, NM 87125