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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.
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
This feature commemorates the 50th anniversary of the demonstrations for gay and lesbian rights that began at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on July 4, 1965, and that continued as Annual Reminders on July 4 in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969.
The autobiography of the pseudonymous "Mary Casal," published in Chicago in 1930, presents the extraordinarily frank sexual and affectional life history of an American lesbian.
The subject of a famous Nan Goldin photo, Jimmy Paul, speaks movingly about his life, and about encountering an inaccurate caption on that photo in a major queer history art show.
This long entry, divided into four parts, discusses a scandal that erupted in Württemberg, Germany, in 1888, involving its King and three American men, Jackson, Woodcock, and Hendry. This article was written as a chapter for Katz's book Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality  but was deleted to reduce the book's size....