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Welcome to OutHistory

OutHistory.org presents evidence-based features on U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history; homosexual and heterosexual history; the history of people who did not conform to dominant norms of sexuality and gender -- and people who did. 

It focuses on the influence of other nations on the U.S., and the U.S. influence on other nations.

OutHistory.org tells the history of how people came to experience themselves as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual through the historical construction of the heterosexual/homosexual binary.

OutHistory.org tells the history of how people came to experience themselves as female or male, feminine or masculine, or as a combination of f and m, or how they questioned the m/f binary. 

We believe that LGBTQ+ history is an especially valuable resource for LGBTQ+ people and our allies since this history has not been easily available or taught in schools.

We believe that knowing this history can inspire and excite people to action, and help us make a different, freer future.

Our mission is only possible with your help!

OutHistory.org is a project of the Fund for the City of New York, a not-for-profit corporation. All of your donations are tax-deductible.

You may also send checks, made out to “Fund for the City of New York” (please write OutHistory.org in the memo line) to:

Outhistory
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121 Avenue of the Americas, 6 Floor
New York, NY 10013

OutHistory Highlights

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    Christopher Michael Elias: Sexuality and the Modern American Gossip Magazine

    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...

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    Marc Stein: Boutilier v. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1967)

    This feature commemorates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Boutilier v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, which upheld the deportation of Clive Michael Boutilier, a Canadian citizen and U.S. permanent resident who was classified by the INS as “afflicted with...

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    Queering the Economy: Stories from Queer Economic History

    Writing about queer bars and drag culture in the 1972 classic Mother Camp, Esther Newton observed that queer communities had “an economics but no economy.” In this exhibit, Jeffrey Escoffier and Christopher Mitchell address the economics of gay bars for the early "closeted" LGBT community...

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    Peter Sewally/Mary Jones, June 11, 1836

    Two historians, Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o, present and analyze the story and visual depiction of Peter Sewally/Mary Jones, a Black transgender person in New York City, in 1836.

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Welcome to OutHistory

OutHistory.org presents evidence-based features on U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history; homosexual and heterosexual history; the history of people who did not conform to dominant norms of sexuality and gender -- and people who did. 

It focuses on the influence of other nations on the U.S., and the U.S. influence on other nations.

OutHistory.org tells the history of how people came to experience themselves as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual through the historical construction of the heterosexual/homosexual binary.

OutHistory.org tells the history of how people came to experience themselves as female or male, feminine or masculine, or as a combination of f and m, or how they questioned the m/f binary. 

We believe that LGBTQ+ history is an especially valuable resource for LGBTQ+ people and our allies since this history has not been easily available or taught in schools.

We believe that knowing this history can inspire and excite people to action, and help us make a different, freer future.

Our mission is only possible with your help!

OutHistory.org is a project of the Fund for the City of New York, a not-for-profit corporation. All of your donations are tax-deductible.

You may also send checks, made out to “Fund for the City of New York” (please write OutHistory.org in the memo line) to:

Outhistory
c/o Fund for the City of New York
121 Avenue of the Americas, 6 Floor
New York, NY 10013