University of Wyoming houses LGBT archive

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is housing an archive dedicated to the history of the Rocky Mountains’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Out West in the Rockies expands a program started by former Wyoming resident Gregory Hinton at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Hinton says Out West has become a national project intended to highlight cultural and historical LGBT contributions to the American West.

UW’s American Heritage Center interim director Rick Ewig says the university already has collections on student Matthew Shepard. His beating death 20 years ago became a rallying cry in the gay rights movement.

The archive will include documents from UW’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, its on-campus club supporting the LGBT community, and a nonprofit organization.

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