It’s OSQA, the OSU Queer Archives! This past year the OMA has been in the process of assisting the OSU LGBTQ+ community establish a community archives to document and celebrate its diverse history (be sure to “like” OSQA’s recently created Facebook Page!), and this past week, OSQA was featured in two great events as part of OSU’s Pride Week 2015!
But first, what is the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA)?
The mission of the OSU Queer Archives (OSQA) is to preserve and share the stories, histories, and experiences of LGBTQ+ people within the OSU and Corvallis communities. This mission is rooted in three central commitments:
- fostering intersectional community activism across and providing opportunities for students engagement and activism
- resisting erasure of queer and trans narratives
- positioning the collection as a space to imagine alternative futures for LGBTQ+ communities and people
And now, the events!
The Unfurling: Everyone Has A Story
Monday, May 4 11am-1pm at the OSU Memorial Quad
In collaboration with Rainbow Continuum and the Pride Planning Committee, OSQA invited all to a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) stories and experiences. Guests brought blankets and items that represented significant memories and moments in their lives. It was an informal storytelling event and a time for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and share meaningful experiences with each other and with other members of the OSU campus community. The event took place alongside the annual Pride Week Opening BBQ.
OSU LGBTQ Community Film Screening
Friday, May 8 2-4pm at the PRIDE Center
OSQA hosted a screening of a short film which focused on the experiences and narratives of LGBT community members on the OSU campus. The stories shared in this film demonstrate the continued importance of LGBTQ resources such as the Pride Center, Sol (LGBT Multicultural Support Network), Rainbow Continuum, and the Queer Affairs Task Force, and add a piece of collective history to the Queer Archives for past, present, and future LGBTQ community members to benefit from. The film was created by Queer Archives intern Kiah McConnell for her Honors thesis project.
There will be more about OSQA later this year, especially during Fall term 2015 with Pride Month in October, so stay tuned!