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OutHistory.org tells stories about people in the past who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; and people who did not conform to dominant norms of sexuality and gender. OutHistory.org uncovers histories of same-gender love and of gender crossing in the recent and distant past, and it tells stories about how people came to experience themselves as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual through the historical construction of the heterosexual/homosexual binary.
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.
We believe that knowing this history can inspire and excite people, can rouse us to action, and can help us make a different future.
“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.
Esther Eng made a name for herself as the world's first female Chinese-American filmmaker, a successful restaurateur, and—rejecting social expectations—a woman who felt little need to hide her romantic and sexual relationships with other women.
The growth of gossip magazines and tabloids during the first half of the twentieth century was partially fueled by the industry's embrace of sensational topics such as murder, violence, crime, and corruption. But no subject seemed to attract more attention than sexuality, especially sexual...
23 oral LGBTQ histories written by co-director of OutHistory John D'Emilio.