The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project is creating educational events and archives for local queer histories
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$518
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About us:
The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project is a volunteer-run activist group focused on generational memory in Buffalo’s LGBTQ community. The History Project preserves the actively erased histories of all local LGBTQ community members. We conduct interviews, assist in donation of materials to the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archives of Western New York, and otherwise document the legacies of LGBTQ Buffalonians of all races, genders, ages, and abilities, across the LGBTQ identity spectrum. We seek to bridge generational gaps and promote LGBTQ history outside of large cities. We believe knowing our histories will guide us to meaningful political action and encourage others to join us in the archives and the homes of our elders and peers. 
Tiers
BUTTON LEVEL
$5 or more per creation 8 patrons
Get a Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project button!
COLLECTION OF BUTTONS LEVEL
$10 or more per creation 9 patrons
Get a collection of the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project Buttons! The buttons come with several kinds of image design:  our logo and visuals from the SheWalkedHere project!
ACCESS LEVEL
$20 or more per creation 1 patron
Get access to the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ history project’s materials before anyone else! Although we believe in a free and open archive, we’re happy to share new videos, audio, and photography with our patrons before it becomes widely available. Get a firsthand look into what your dollars are supporting and see history in the making through access to unique media that will be posted to our Patreon for this donor level. 
POSTER LEVEL
$25 or more per creation 2 of 10 patrons
A high quality print (8x12) of a poster by Amanda Killian. 


Choose from BLACK IN TIME, our queer dance party, or SHE WALKED HERE, our new community reads project! (See $40 level for example of She Walked Here poster).


The Black in Time poster features an historical photograph and details the event with all the style & flair you’d expect from a queer dance party!

Black in Time  is a historical dance party commemorating Buffalo’s LGBTQ African American bar and party scene.   

The event celebrates bars and parties that attracted large numbers of LGBTQ African Americans, not only as places to have a good time, but as important sources of refuge and movement building. It commemorates parties such as Just Us and Jack Your Body, which were created in the 1970s and 80s as a response to racism in white-owned gay bars. And it celebrates black-owned bars, ranging from Little Harlem Hotel in the 1940s to A Touch of Class in more recent years, which, while not exclusively gay, provided much-needed space for black LGBTQ subcultures to grow.

VIQ (Very Important Queer) Digital Tour
$30 or more per creation 3 patrons
Sign up for a digital tour of the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project archives led by one of our members, explaining the archiving process, offering additional information about our archives, and sharing related histories.  It includes a free drink at the Community Read/Walking Tour launch event!  
APPRICIATOR LEVEL
$40 or more per creation 1 of 5 patrons
In addition to digital access to upcoming History Project materials, you’ll also receive a thank-you gift from us in the form of a gorgeous, archival-quality poster print from the Black in Time or She Walked Here events, your choice! (see $25 level for example of Black in Time poster).
BUY-A-BOOK LEVEL
$55 or more per creation 2 of 7 patrons
For those feeling extra generous, we’ve set up a donation level that will cover the costs of a copy of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold The History of a Lesbian Community by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis for members of the LGBTQ community in Buffalo who would not be able to buy their own copy. Your donation puts a copy of this groundbreaking text directly into the hands of those in need, and for that, we thank you! We’re happy to offer donors at this level the poster and digital access, along with the satisfaction of helping expand the reach of our community read. 
Goals
$518 of $700 per creation
She Walked Here: Project Launch
Begins: July 21, 2018, 5-8 PM
Place: The Historic Colored Musicians Club
  145 Broadway Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Your once yearly pledge for this organization supports the project: She Walked Here.

The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project invites you to the launch of the new project: She Walked Here.This project celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community, by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis.
The launch will take place at The Historic Colored Musicians Club at 145 Broadway Street. The Club is not only physically close to where many old famous lesbian bars used to stand, it also has historical connections with some of them, such as The Little Harlem Hotel.

Your support for this project helps cover the venue, publicity, and providing around a dozen free copies of the book for the community members who are not able to purchase it.
Program:
- Dramatic readings and discussions of Lapovsky Kennedy and Davis' ethnography by community members
- Musical performances
- Interactive mapping of historical Buffalo lesbian venues, memories from the archives, and current community member contributions
- Dancing

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About us:
The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project is a volunteer-run activist group focused on generational memory in Buffalo’s LGBTQ community. The History Project preserves the actively erased histories of all local LGBTQ community members. We conduct interviews, assist in donation of materials to the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archives of Western New York, and otherwise document the legacies of LGBTQ Buffalonians of all races, genders, ages, and abilities, across the LGBTQ identity spectrum. We seek to bridge generational gaps and promote LGBTQ history outside of large cities. We believe knowing our histories will guide us to meaningful political action and encourage others to join us in the archives and the homes of our elders and peers. 

Recent posts by The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project

Tiers
BUTTON LEVEL
$5 or more per creation 8 patrons
Get a Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project button!
COLLECTION OF BUTTONS LEVEL
$10 or more per creation 9 patrons
Get a collection of the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project Buttons! The buttons come with several kinds of image design:  our logo and visuals from the SheWalkedHere project!
ACCESS LEVEL
$20 or more per creation 1 patron
Get access to the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ history project’s materials before anyone else! Although we believe in a free and open archive, we’re happy to share new videos, audio, and photography with our patrons before it becomes widely available. Get a firsthand look into what your dollars are supporting and see history in the making through access to unique media that will be posted to our Patreon for this donor level. 
POSTER LEVEL
$25 or more per creation 2 of 10 patrons
A high quality print (8x12) of a poster by Amanda Killian. 


Choose from BLACK IN TIME, our queer dance party, or SHE WALKED HERE, our new community reads project! (See $40 level for example of She Walked Here poster).


The Black in Time poster features an historical photograph and details the event with all the style & flair you’d expect from a queer dance party!

Black in Time  is a historical dance party commemorating Buffalo’s LGBTQ African American bar and party scene.   

The event celebrates bars and parties that attracted large numbers of LGBTQ African Americans, not only as places to have a good time, but as important sources of refuge and movement building. It commemorates parties such as Just Us and Jack Your Body, which were created in the 1970s and 80s as a response to racism in white-owned gay bars. And it celebrates black-owned bars, ranging from Little Harlem Hotel in the 1940s to A Touch of Class in more recent years, which, while not exclusively gay, provided much-needed space for black LGBTQ subcultures to grow.

VIQ (Very Important Queer) Digital Tour
$30 or more per creation 3 patrons
Sign up for a digital tour of the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project archives led by one of our members, explaining the archiving process, offering additional information about our archives, and sharing related histories.  It includes a free drink at the Community Read/Walking Tour launch event!  
APPRICIATOR LEVEL
$40 or more per creation 1 of 5 patrons
In addition to digital access to upcoming History Project materials, you’ll also receive a thank-you gift from us in the form of a gorgeous, archival-quality poster print from the Black in Time or She Walked Here events, your choice! (see $25 level for example of Black in Time poster).
BUY-A-BOOK LEVEL
$55 or more per creation 2 of 7 patrons
For those feeling extra generous, we’ve set up a donation level that will cover the costs of a copy of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold The History of a Lesbian Community by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis for members of the LGBTQ community in Buffalo who would not be able to buy their own copy. Your donation puts a copy of this groundbreaking text directly into the hands of those in need, and for that, we thank you! We’re happy to offer donors at this level the poster and digital access, along with the satisfaction of helping expand the reach of our community read.