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Queer Ghost Hunters

Posted on: November 2, 2016

A creepy silhouette of a young girl.

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Queer Ghost Hunters is, more than anything else, an exploration of LGBT history. Walking a tidy line between tongue-in-cheek and serious, filmmaker Stu Maddux follows a team of ghost hunters who call themselves the “Stonewall Columbus Queer Ghost Hunters.”

For those who believe in ghosts and spirits, the concept isn’t a joke. If ghosts are out there, queer ghosts are out there. And since LGBT people, historically, were more likely than the average to be mistreated, locked away, or murdered, their spirits would certainly have something to say.

They choose locations to scout by looking through the records of hospitals, asylums, and prisons for likely hauntings. So far, they’ve featured lesbian nuns, lynched immigrants, and young gay soldiers imprisoned for sodomy.

The ghost hunters, all of whom fall somewhere in the LGBT umbrella and range from 20 to 50 years old, say that they get contacted because they share something with the spirits.

Maddux says that the team uses a technique that he’s never seen before in any other paranormal show—they tell stories to the ghosts. Usually its a story about their own life, and contact comes when they ask if they have something in common with the ghost. Contacts are very non-confrontational, more like a ghost support group than a game of hide and seek.

Even if you’re a skeptic, this is a show that bounces easily between touching and hilarious. The focus is heavy on the personal stories of LGBT individuals, both living and deceased, and on the community between them. Also, they have a very cute dog.

Queer Ghost Hunters is currently a web-series hosted on Youtube, with a Kickstarter seeking pledges to keep them going through season 2. The season 1 finale aired on November 1, 2016.

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