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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

  • Hunting Homosexuals at Southern Miss: 1955-1965

    OutHistory presents 92 pages of previously unpublished documents on the hunt for homosexuals, sex “deviates,” and “perverts,” 1955-1965, by the President and deans of Mississippi Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi), Hattiesburg

  • 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.