Crowdfunding effort started to support documenting Atlanta’s LGBT histories

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” Let us make sure that the lives that we lost to HIV/AIDS not be forgotten.” – Dr. Jesse Peel

Emory MARBL’s LGBT Collections is excited to be one of only three university initiatives selected for the launch of Emory’s crowd funding platform.

Led by Randy Gue, MARBL Curator for Modern Political and Historical Collections, and Atlanta AIDS activist Dr. Jesse Peel, who has donated his papers to Emory, the project aims to raise $10,000 to support the LGBT collections and, specifically, to fund video interviews of Atlanta pioneers in the early years of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Those who have watched the recent HBO movie “The Normal Heart” will understand the importance of capturing this history before it is lost forever. This effort gains even more urgency as these key individuals get older or move away and as organizations evolve and change. Of course, these records will then become part of Emory’s LGBT archives and live on through the work of students, faculty, alumni, and scholars.

For more information and to contribute, please visit, which features a short video about the project. And please help us spread the word to your friends.

As Dr. Jesse Peel urges in the video on the website, let us make sure that the lives that we lost to HIV/AIDS not be forgotten, and that people hear about Atlanta’s story in that fight.

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