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The National Park Service is Collecting Stories of LGBT Life During WWII

The National Park Service is working to gather stories of LGBT on the home front during World War II. The effort is being made through the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, which is located in Oakland, CA and devoted to telling the hidden stories of life on America's home front durnig World War II.

Because it was so difficult, for a range of reasons, to be open about ones' LGBT identity during the 1940s, the Park's collection does not include significant contributions from LGBT individuals. Many LGBT Americans who could have told their stories from the World War II era have already passed away.

“There is a sense of urgency for the park to collect these and other under-represented stories, since many people from this generation have already passed away without documenting their contributions or experiences from World War II,” says Lead Park Ranger Elizabeth Tucker in a statement.

The Park Service has set up a confidential voicemail where individuals can share their stories at (510) 232-5050 (dial extension 6631).

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