The Lesbian-Queer Space Mapping Project


Note: This project has launched as the Our Queer Lives & Spaces Project, and will be a living archive for all lgbtqtstsiq people.

Lesbians’ and Queer Women’s Spaces and Places: A Collaboration Amongst Dykes Everywhere

This map is designed for all lesbians and queer women–broadly-defined and self-defined–to post information about their spaces and places, and that includes anything those individuals wish to include. Too much of dyke history has gone unrecorded! So help us record the history—by sharing your spatial memories! Read the info below (#1) on how to add to this map if you are not sure how. It is important to include the year(s) and the location, to the best of your memory, so that we can see where we were and when, as well as what details you remember about the space; it is optional to include your name or information about you. It is okay if you cannot recall an exact location or date—over time everyone who adds to this map will help fill in the details.

Please tell all dykes everywhere about the effort to make this map!

1. How Do I Use It?
For those of you unfamiliar with OpenStreetMaps, it is easy! You can use the vertical bar on the left to zoom in and out, and then the floating hand on the map lets you move it around to focus on various areas. You can also just type in the name of a place in the search bar above and go right to that country, state, city, street, or building. We chose this platform for now because it is free, open to the public, and many folks can use it.

2. How Can I Help Build This Site?
Add your memories and experiences! If you are not internet savvy, have a friend or colleague help or write to one of the map’s administrators. Be sure to use icons that represent the places you are marking, like a martini glass for a bar, or a house where you lived. Also, feel free to load your own images or videos as icons! It is even better to see and hear and connect to as many of us–now, in the past, and in the future–in as much detail as possible.

3. How Can I Care for This Site?
Right now we are recruiting administrators to care for the map and make sure it is not used maliciously or for purposes not specific to collecting lesbians’ and queer women’s—again, broadly-defined and self-defined–experiences and memories. It is important to keep the map public so that all can add to it. Those who wish to volunteer to administer this map (see #2) can go here and contact the map creator to sign on!  You do not need to be an admin to edit the map.

4. How Do I Share Our Collaborative Cartographic Genius?
Again, please tell all dykes everywhere about this map! Just grab the link (see over to the right under Link) to send the link in an email or embed the entire map in your web page, blog, or emails. We are hoping to have this map on as many sites as possible—so if you are a dyke, post it please!!

NOTE: This map was inspired by a panel on the production of lesbians’ spaces in the 1970s with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in New York City on March 19, 2010. The first version was placed online by one of the participants, Jen Gieseking, in the form of GoogleMaps. That technology was deemed insufficient for the the LQSMP because of its proprietary nature as much as its lack of required functionality.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
This work by Jen Jack Gieseking is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States.