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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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Researchers have discovered a previously unknown 149-page manuscript defending homosexuality.
An original essay on the FBI’s surveillance of James Baldwin, 1960-1974.
An Amazing Lesbian Resistance Anthem
The main character in this novel, Norma Trist, makes the most affirmative defense of genital-orgasmic love relations between women published in English in the nineteenth century.
A gay teacher recalls the bullying he suffered as a child, and how he came through it.
This murder in Memphis, TN, began to draw new, national attention to intense, passionate, and sometimes sexual (and soured) intimacies between women. Includes new research on African American lesbian history: Emma Williams' murder of Eleanor Richardson, Mobile, AL, 1892