The City of Atlanta’s history is rich, varied, and complex – reflective of the communities, events, and people that make us the thriving city we are today. The LGBTQ+ community is an important part of that history. Understanding our LGBTQ+ history is critical to understanding the City of Atlanta’s true history.
In 2022, Historic Atlanta launched an effort with The City of Atlanta, State of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs’ Historic Preservation Division, and other partners to properly identify, document, and ultimately preserve sites associated with Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community. Many of these sites—including neighborhoods, public spaces, and individual buildings—are in danger of being lost.
This effort will result in what is called a “Historic Context Statement.” This critical tool will be used to help assess the historic significance of places that matter to the LGBTQ+ community for potential preservation efforts. Through this initiative, the City of Atlanta and Historic Atlanta join other cities—including Los Angeles, the District of Columbia and San Francisco—in documenting LGBTQ+ history.
A key first step in this effort is to engage with members of the community—as well as people who are actively involved in LGBTQ+ history-preservation efforts—to fill informational gaps and strengthen current knowledge about Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community. Findings from these public outreach activities will be combined with existing research to inform and help create the Historic Context Statement.
Acknowledgement of Federal Assistance: This (material or preservation project) has been financed with assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, U. S. Department of Interior, through the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this [project/product] are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products or consultants constitute endorsement or recommendation by these agencies. This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N. W., Washington, D.C. 20240