Joseph Varisco, Queer Lexicon Oral History Project

Joseph Varisco, Queer Lexicon Oral History ProjectJoseph Varisco started the Queer Lexicon Oral History Project, an oral history series profiling Chicago’s emerging, innovative and visionary figures within the Trans Queer Intersex Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance (TQILGBA) and Gender Non-Conformming communities. Each 20-30 minute interview shares the subject’s professional pursuits, personal politics and intimate conversations on community. Joseph has developed significant relationships with many queer communities throughout Chicago, and has gained access to be able to target Chicago’s queer community as a major national hub for these conversations and cultural innovations.

The ongoing growth and collaboration in this project amongst producers, photographers, documentarians, academic institutions and the variety of interview subjects is creating a national dialogue that continues to grow. With Queer Lexicon’s partnerships the storytelling and archival organization StoryCorps at the Chicago Cultural Center and San Francisco’s Queer Cultural Center, the project continues to grow.

The intention of the Queer Lexicon Oral History Project is to expose audiences to identities, experiences and histories that are often left out or underrepresented. The funds from this grant will go towards better recording and editing equipment, as well as assistance with some of the publication and web costs.