Launched in October 2009, the Queer Rhetoric Project is a free online archive of political texts, speeches, and activism relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights. As a scholar of public speech and rhetoric I have often searched for texts on topics relating to LGBT politics for both teaching and my own research. The Queer Rhetoric Project was developed to meet that need. I hope other teachers, students, and activists will find this site a useful resource.
I am developing this site gradually as I find time. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation, so it will not happen overnight. I began the site with a collection of important texts about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and all of Bill Clinton’s major statements on LGBT issues while in office. Other additions have included speeches from the recent National Equality March, Obama’s statement signing federal hate crimes legislation, and the beginning of a section collecting key texts about California’s Proposition 8.
Other planned sections will initially include, Stonewall, Harvey Milk, Marriage Equality, and Hate Crimes. In addition to speech, I plan to develop an extensive collection of documents including posters, protests, and historical news magazines.
Most of the content of this site is not owned by the Queer Rhetoric Project and we have no authority to grant or deny permission for its use. The purpose of this site in making such material available is to advance the understanding and practice of political and social issues relevant to enlightened public debate. The Queer Rhetoric Project believes that the nature and use of the artifacts on this site not in the public domain or not the property of the owner of this site falls under the “fair use” exemption of section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act. The material on this site is intended primarily for educational (teaching, research, scholarship) purposes, factual in nature, additive, and distributed freely.
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