Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Is Now Online

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Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is a digital interactive map exploring how the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, and queer communities have changed over time, from the end of World War II in 1945 through the passage of St. Louis city’s first gay and lesbian inclusive civil rights ordinance in 1992.

This project documents community spaces of all types across the St. Louis region: bars, bathhouses, and drag balls. Over 800 locations are marked, from protests and organizing, to shops, community centers, churches, and more. Browse the map on your own, or take a deeper look with themed maps:

  • Beyond Gender Binaries: The View from LGBTQ St. Louis
  • Sex in the City: Mapping Sexual Spaces in St. Louis
  •  The Impact of Segregation: Race in LGBTQ St. Louis
  •  Political Activism & Organizing: A Timeline of LGBTQ St. Louis
  • Divided by Violence:  Crime & Policing in LGBTQ St. Louis

Take a look at how the map was researched, and learn more about the methodology, historical research, and technology used to create this collaborate digital humanities project.  We welcome questions, comments, and feedback towards expanding the map and revealing even more history. Please contact the project team using this online form. You can also find updates as the project continues, on the blog, or on twitter @MappingLGBTQstl

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Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is funded under the Divided City Initiative, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis, as part of a Mellon Foundation grant.

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About the author

Miranda Rectenwald is Curator of Local History, Washington University Special Collections. More info.