The project of collecting and preserving lesbian and gay oral history was more than a method; it was a movement. It was a means to break down the barrier between everyday people and the chroniclers of history and a tool to empower marginalized communities by teaching everyday people how to tell their own stories so that they might write their own lives into the historical record, on their own terms. The Internet provides a tremendous opportunity to disseminate these valuable oral history interviews. This article explores the conflict between the liberationist impulse to uncover and make visible the queer past and issues of privacy that arise when recorded interviews that often contain detailed and intimate information can be accessed easily, and out of their original context.
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May 1, 2015
Elise Chenier; Privacy Anxieties: Ethics versus Activism in Archiving Lesbian Oral History Online. Radical History Review 1 May 2015; 2015 (122): 129–141. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-2849576
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