Joshua Burford

Courtesy of the Artist

In connection with the latest SouthBound episode -- an interview with Josh Burford, Southern LGBTQ historian -- we present a collection of music from LGBTQ artists from the South. 

I had a lot of fun -- and learned a lot -- making this one. For a deep historical dive on LGBTQ music of all kinds, make sure to check out JD Doyle's work at http://www.queermusicheritage.com.

Joshua Burford / Facebook

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.

Joshua Burford / Facebook

Maybe you remember Charlotte’s LGBT history exhibit from a few years ago. The project from UNC Charlotte was the brainchild of Joshua Burford, an LGBT historian and professor at the university. The exhibit detailed the lives and activism of LGBT people in Charlotte dating back to the 1940s.

At the end of this month, Burford will be leaving Charlotte to return to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he grew up. This week, he’s the guest on WFAE’s SouthBound podcast with host Tommy Tomlinson. In this excerpt, Burford tells one of his favorite stories unearthed from Charlotte’s past.

Courtesy of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, Duke University

WFAE has a new initiative to connect with our audience and get story suggestions. On our website, we ask you to tell us what you wonder about the Charlotte region, its life, and culture. We recently put three questions to a vote – letting you decide the story you wanted us to cover. The overwhelming winner was a question that came to us from Jennifer Lange, a resident of Charlotte’s Steele Creek area.