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SouthBound: Historian Joshua Burford On The Unseen LGBTQ History Of The South

Joshua Burford
Josh is an archivist, an activist, and a radical educator with over 15 years experience working with minority communities and diversity education.

So how do you document history if a lot of that history has been hidden from the outside world? That’s the challenge and the life’s work of Josh Burford, who has set out to tell the LGBTQ history of the South.

Josh has done a lot of his work in North Carolina, but he’s headed back to his home state of Alabama to work on a project called Invisible Histories, which he hopes to take throughout the South to archive the stories of LGBTQ pioneers. On this episode of SouthBound, Josh and I talk about the pull of history and the political act of coming out. Josh reads from a 100-year-old diary found at a thrift store. And we also talk a little bit of college football.

Show Notes:

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Music Heard In This Episode:

  • Duet For Guitars #2 - M. Ward
  • Growing Up - Ben Sollee

Where to Listen:

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Producer: Nick de la Canal