Beam to serve as oral historian for Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

April 5, 2019

Myrl Beam

Congratulations to Myrl Beam, Ph.D., who has been appointed as the oral historian fellow for the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota.

As oral historian in residence, Dr. Beam will work on a grant-funded project designed to document local and national histories of community organizing, policy development and political activism for transgender rights. This two-year fellowship (starting in summer 2019) will provide funding for Dr. Beam to travel throughout the U.S. to conduct oral histories for his next two book projects about the movement for transgender rights and inclusion.

Dr. Beam recently published his first book, Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), which was nominated for the nationally and internationally acclaimed Lambda (“Lammy”) Literary Award in the category of LGBTQ Studies.

We certainly will miss Dr. Beam during the two years he is away from VCU. At the same time, we are excited to hear about his work as oral historian for the Tretter Collection and we look forward to welcoming him back at the end of his fellowship.

Congratulations to Dr. Beam for earning this highly prestigious research fellowship!