Alan Virta was born in Arlington, Virginia in 1951. Since a young age, Virta had a particular interest in history and historical artifacts. After working for the Library of Congress for thirteen years, Virta decided to work for a smaller library. In 1988, he began working for the library at Boise State. When Virta decided to come out in his early 40s, he was supported by his family and co-workers. He then became involved in the gay community by joining the Triangle Connection and participating in the Pride festivals and parades. Virta retired from Boise State in 2011. Ever the historian, Virta has been interested in following the changes the gay movement has undergone since the 1950s.
ACLU, Pride Parade, archivist, The Triangle Connection, Stonewall, Sergeant Matlocitch, Prop 1, Nicole LeFavour, Brian Bergquist
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