HISP Student Ty Ginter Looks to Preserve a Piece of LGBT History
Historic Preservation graduate student Ty Ginter is featured this month on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website for their work to preserve the history of Washington D.C.’s “Gay Way,” a cluster of LGBT establishments that thrived in Southeast D.C. during the second half of the 20th century. Once popular gathering spots and safe havens for the LGBT community, these businesses—like Phase One, a popular lesbian bar that closed in 2016—are now all but extinct, falling victim to the gentrification of the area and the bourgeoning of social media. Ty’s work, which is part of their master’s thesis, and other efforts—including a forthcoming course taught by assistant professor Jeremy Wells—aim to preserve the oral histories of this important time in the LGBT community, and to ensure their stories and impact remain intact. Read more about Ty’s work and the history of Gay Way in their interview, here.