... there is an underside to every age about which history does not often speak,
because history is written from records left by the privileged.
We learn about politics from the political leaders, about economics from the entrepreneurs,
about slavery from the plantation owners, about the thinking of an age from its intellectual elite.
Following the model of radical historian Howard Zinn, this project involves the documentation of the history of the LGBTQ movement in West Michigan. By doing interviews and collecting archival material, this project has produced a documentary film and an online archive of material about the struggle for equality and justice by the LGBTQ community in West Michigan. The screenings of “A People's History of the LGBTQ Community in Grand Rapids” will allow for continuing dialogue about the LGBTQ movement and provide a forum for current and future organizing. This is a project of the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy. The LGBT Resource Center is proud to be a co-sponsor along with GVSU’s College of Education, Liberal Studies Department and the Kutsche Office of Local History.