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Local Advisor
Mary Claire Phillips

I see the role of historian as one of archival activist, and believe what’s past is prologue when confronting today’s queer issues.

Lokale Beraterin in Washington © Mary Claire Phillips Growing up in the 21st century, many struggles that faced the queer community I’ve learned through historical texts and not first hand. It’s never missed me that this comfortable distance is because of the work of generations before me: a story I work hard to honor in my historical work. I am also keenly aware that the work is far from over for segments of our community. I cherish DC’s LGBTQ+ community, and this exhibit is my way of giving back to the District. With almost every panel there are opportunities for you to interact with the people who make this community so wonderful: whether it be ways to advocate, experience, or directly give back. This exhibit is not meant to be passively consumed, rather it is an active exchange where visitors take the knowledge they learn and use it for the betterment of the community.


Mary Claire Phillips is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government & History in Honors. During her time on the Forty Acres she participated in the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on WWII, as well as the Archer Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. She's interned in the History & Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center, the Briscoe Center for American History, and the Wendy Davis campaign. She currently works as a Research Historian for History Associates Inc.

Mary Claire writes on American LGBT Servicewomen during WWII. Her work has been featured in the 2018 Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBT Policy Journal, as well as the Library of Congress’ Research Spotlight for Pride Month. When she’s not working, Mary Claire enjoys learning new languages, traveling, and knitting up a storm.