★ Rosenthal book launch: LIVING QUEER HISTORY Dec. 7

Join readers and local history buffs for an in-person book launch of Gregory Samantha Rosenthal’s Living Queer History.

Roanoke College history professor Samantha Rosenthal will launch their new book Living Queer HistoryTuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 pm at the main branch of the Roanoke City Library. Based on more than 40 interviews with LGBTQ elders, Living Queer History tells the story of an LGBTQ community in Roanoke and explores how queer people today think about the past and how history lives on in the present.

Living Queer History tells the story of an LGBTQ community in Roanoke, Virginia, a small city on the edge of Appalachia. Interweaving  historical analysis, theory, and memoir, Gregory Samantha Rosenthal tells the story of their own journey—coming out and transitioning as a transgender woman—in the midst of working on a community-based history project that documented a multigenerational southern LGBTQ community. Based on over forty interviews with LGBTQ elders, Living Queer History explores how queer people today think about the past and how history lives on in the present.

Hear an earlier interview with Dr. Rosenthal about their public history work in the region.

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