City of Atlanta
LGBTQ+ Historic Context Statement
The Department of City Planning in cooperation with Historic Atlanta and the State of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division, is working on identifying, documenting and ultimately advising on the preservation of sites—including neighborhoods, public spaces, and individual buildings—associated with Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community. Many of these sites are in danger of being lost.
The effort will result in a document called a “Historic Context Statement” which is a critical tool used to help assess the historic significance of places that matter to the LGBTQ+ community for potential preservation efforts including listing in the National Register of Historic Places and City of Atlanta Landmark or Historic District protection.
The team is currently engaging with members of the community—as well as people actively involved in LGBTQ+ history and preservation efforts—to fill informational gaps and strengthen current knowledge about Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community.
Buildings and other physical locations in Atlanta provide important insight in to the development of the City’s LGBTQ+ community over the course of the 20th century. They also reflect notable milestones in state and national history such as the:
- Founding of Gay and Lesbian rights organizations
- Growth of LGBTQ+ friendly neighborhoods
- the HIV/AIDS epidemic
- Emergence of greater diversity within the broader LGBTQ+ community
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