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Welcome to OutHistory

OutHistory tells stories about the queer past, about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.  It uncovers histories of same-gender love and of gender crossing in the recent and distant past.  We believe that knowing about this history can inspire and excite people, can rouse us to action, and can help us make a different future.  We believe that history is an especially valuable resource for LGBT people and our allies, since most of us did not grow up in families or communities where this history was easily available and taught.

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You can help us make history in more ways than one.  You can explore our site and learn about the past, so that you’re better equipped to make the future you want.  You can share your own research about the queer past.  And you can become part of a living archive of memories and experience by telling your own story about selected topics. Read More

OutHistory Highlights

  • Zapping the New York Academy of Medicine, April 6, 1976

    On April 6, 1976, two gay liberation organizations "zapped" (demonstrated) at the New York Academy of Medicine, in New York City, which was hosting a panel on homosexuality sponsored by the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine, and featuring three anti-homosexual psychiatrists...

  • Ada Bello: Reed Erickson, Pioneering Transgender Activist and Philanthropist

    Reed Erickson, as the title and content of this exhibit makes clear, was a pioneering transgender activist who used the wealth which his class privilege provided to support public education and activism about transgender lives and issues at a time when very little public attention was focused...

  • Horacio N. Roque Ramírez: Presente!

    Following Horacio N. Roque Ramírez's death in December 2015, OutHistory publishes a memorial for the scholar written by Nan Alamilla Boyd.

  • Allan Bérubé’s Talk Released: “No Red-Baiting! No Race-Baiting! No Queen-Baiting!”

    “No Red-Baiting! No Race-Baiting! No Queen-Baiting!” is a 90-minute illustrated talk narrated by the late Allan Bérubé on the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union. The talk tells the surprising and inspiring story of how ship stewards and other workers on luxury cruise liners banded together and overcame racial, sexual, and other divisions to create a militant union in the 1930s.