OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

Queer Florida: Southern Oral Histories (2022)

By Han Powell

Queer Florida is a multimedia oral history project documenting the stories of LGBTQ+ people who are making efforts to organize, create, and build community in in the diverse, politically-fraught landscape of Florida. Each interview is conducted in a physical space that is meaningful to the narrator—a rural gay bar that closed during the pandemic, the front porch of a beloved late grandfather, a local park that was the site of a first queer kiss, and more. The narratives that emerge explore our connection to nature, the queerness of the environment, and ask how our stories of self are rooted in the swamplands of home.

Video description and transcript here.

This video represents a short excerpt from an oral history interview with Shoog McDaniel (they/them), a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Tallahassee, Florida. Their words, merged with footage taken across Florida’s wild landscapes, invite the
viewers and listeners to engage in the act of dreaming a radical, queer Southern future into

You can support, purchase, and explore Shoog’s work at http://shoogmcdaniel.com/.

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