YesterQueer: Discovering LGBTQ History in Minneapolis

Next weekend marks the 42nd Annual Twin Cities Pride Festival. In preparation for the weekend’s festivities, you can learn more about Minneapolis LGBTQ history with a new app, YesterQueer. The app, developed in part by former Special Collections intern, historian, and archivist Stewart Van Cleve, seeks to document LGBTQ history, map that history onto the contemporary landscape, and make the map accessible to the public along with related media such as photos, detailed historical background and quotes.

With support from the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies and Twin Cities Pride, YesterQueer is a collaborative effort shared by Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Minnesota (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), and AppyNerds Mobile App Studio.

Read more about it! Freely available for Android and iPhone.

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Upcoming Event:

Stop by the Minneapolis Central Library on Tuesday, June 24th, 7-9 p.m. to hear readings by GLBT authors and poets.

“Queer Voices” is Intermedia Arts’ long-running monthly reading series curated by John Medieros and Andrea Jenkins. It provides GLBT writers and audiences an accepting environment to explore the day-to-day material of life without censorship. Authors and poets featured in the past year will be highlighted at this event. An ASL interpreter will be present. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

And visit the Hennepin County Library (booth G081) at the Twin Cities Pride Festival, June 28-29 at Loring Park.