The Queerolina online exhibit was developed by Hooper Schultz and Cassie Tanks starting in August 2021 and concluding in May 2022.
Hooper Schultz (he/him/his) is a PhD student in the History Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his MA in Southern Studies and MFA in Documentary Studies at the University of Mississippi. During the development of Queerolina he was the Carolina Pride Alum Network Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, working with the Southern Oral History Program and the University Archives at Wilson Library on The Story of Us project. As a cisgender gay man from North Carolina, the project is near and dear to his heart. Hooper’s research interests include gay liberation and lesbian-feminism, student activism, and queer communities in the American South. His dissertation research focuses on the history of college student gay liberation activists’ efforts to pass municipal non-discrimination ordinances in the South from 1970 to 1982. Find Hooper on Twitter at @hoop3r.
Cassie Tanks (she/her/hers) is a non-traditional, first-generation student who earned her MS in Library Science at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science in May 2022. She is an adopted, cisgender, "straight" southern Californian. Cassie has shared her standpoint in regard to Queerolina. Connect with Cassie on Twitter at @CassieConnected.