The Online Archive is now open! You can also contribute your items and memories to the project. Or take our class at CSU!

The Queer Memory Project (QMP) of Northern Colorado is an educational and community-based project to preserve and share the region’s LGBTQ+ past. Our work focuses on 1) the discovery and safekeeping LGBTQ+ accounts from the region, 2) the training of local LGBTQ+ historical activists, and 3) the communication of the LGBTQ+ past to regional audiences: educators, schools, community groups, civic leaders, partner organizations, and other members of the community in engaging ways. Ultimately, our aim is to uncover the region’s queer past and to help make our communities more safe, more welcoming, and more just. More about us.

An educational and community-based project to preserve and share Northern Colorado’s LGBTQ+ past

Who We Serve.

We primarily serve the people and communities of Northern Colorado, including the cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Windsor, Estes Park, and Steamboat Springs as well as both Larimer and Weld counties; however, our work extends to the entire State of Colorado and adjacent communities in Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Who We Work With.

We collaborate with a number of key community partners to bring the Northern Colorado LGBTQ+ past to life. These partners include teachers, students, activists, community leaders, archivists, public officials, and institutions.

What We Believe.

We believe communities that know their past can better confront it and drive social, political, and cultural change. We believe Northern Colorado’s queer past is best told in and by Northern Colorado. We believe change comes from engaging both moments of suffering and pride in our shared past. We believe this work must always be done with an intersectional perspective, prioritizing connections between the history of sex, sexuality and gender with race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and ability. Read more about our values.

“…someone will remember us, I say, even in another time…”


—Sappho, 630-570 B.C.E.

Share Your Story

An important part of the work of the Queer Memory Project is discovering and preserving untold stories about Northern Colorado’s LGBTQ+ past. While we do some of this work exploring archives and researching newspapers, we also rely on members of the community to tell us their stories. You might show us some forgotten files or documents, share old photographs, or participate in an oral history interview with our trained researchers. Ultimately, your contributions may help shape the stories we tell future generations about the history of Northern Colorado. So, if you have a story to tell, we want to hear from you.

Upcoming Events

Take a look at some of the upcoming events from the Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado below:

Take Our Class at CSU.

If you are a student at Colorado State University, one of the best ways to get involved in the work of the Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado is to take our undergraduate classes on campus in Spring 2022.

For students enrolled at Colorado State University, the Department of Communication Studies offers an undergraduate course linked directly to the theories and practice of the work of the Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado: SPCM 380.A5: Communicating the Queer Past. Learn more…

Join Our Mailing List

Want to receive occasional updates about the Queer Memory Project, updates to the online archive, new exhibits or events, or opportunities to participate? Join our mailing list below. Mailing list announcements are typically sent once a month.

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Contact: Tom Dunn, QMP Director, tom.dunn@qmpnoco.org

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