facebook twitter


Explore our history. Scroll through some of our major pieces of content.

About OutHistory

Find out about our history and how this site came to be.


Keep current with the latest news & conver­sation about queer history.

Book Shelf

Read about important books on LGBT history.

This Week in History

Happy Birthday!

Did you know?

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.

Using this site:

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

  • 1940 Defense of Homosexuality: “MILLIONS OF QUEERS (Our Homo America)”

    Researchers have discovered a previously unknown 149-page manuscript defending homosexuality.

  • Harry Hay

    A senior honor thesis, Children of the Brain: The Life, Theory, & Activism of Harry Hay, 1953-1964 written for the New York University Department of History.

  • The American People, Volume 1

    Larry Kramer's The American People, Volume I, Search for My Heart, A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 7, 2015) is a fictional meditation on history, especially on gay and lesbian history. This is a collection of responses by historians, other scholars, and the public to this historical novel that were solicited by OutHistory.org