Colorado LGBTQ History Project

//Colorado LGBTQ History Project
Colorado LGBTQ History Project

About the Project

The Colorado LGBTQ History Project was established to collect and preserve oral histories from those who lived it, archive these histories and make them available to the public, and actively educate the community on LGBTQ history.

If you have questions about this project or would like to get involved, please contact David Duffield at

Project Services
  • Oral History: Oral histories are digital recordings of the lives and stories of LGBTQ Coloradans. They are a great way to add your voice to history. Oral histories take about 2 - 3 hours, can be done at The Center or any public space like a library, in home, or even via phone.
  • Document Archiving: Getting our material culture into public institutions like libraries and museums is especially important. Our volunteers take documents and other written records, inventory them, and help turn them over to public institutions.
  • Education: Volunteers provide outreach to colleges, some schools, and share our research with the public during community events.
  • Networking: Building networks of volunteers, narrators, donors, speakers, educators, and benefactors is the heart of the history project. Establishing community partnerships allows us to ensure that the knowledge and supports are in place to preserve Colorado’s LGBTQ history for tomorrow’s generations.

Oral History

Delve into these digital recordings, firsthand stories about the lives of LGBTQ people in Colorado. Additional recordings can be found in the Oral History archive.

Bill Olson: Oral History
Alice "Cookie" Barron: Oral History
Bob Janowski: Oral History
Beth Kahmann: Oral History
Oral History Spotlight:

Bearing Witness Project

HIV/AIDS hit Colorado in 1982 and by 2015, more than 5,000 people had died from the disease, while 11,000 currently live with it. This project aims to gather their stories. In partnership with the Colorado AIDS Project (CAP), we gather oral histories, help with document collections, and provide educational outreach.

If your life has been impacted by HIV/AIDS, we want to hear your story. Please email David Duffield at

Research & Resources

View articles, news clippings, and correspondence related to Colorado’s LGBTQ history, plus learn more about The Center's founding in the Unity Archives and find additional resources for exploring LGBTQ history.


Historical Photographs

View historical photographs that capture our rich and diverse history.