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The website on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and, yes, heterosexual U.S. history that anyone with data and sources can edit

History of the Community, for the Community, by the Community It's About Time!


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Rich Wilson: Aspects of Queer Existence in 19th-Century America

A collector offers nineteenth-century LGBT images from his collection. Items in this on-line exhibit are more than just old prints, photographs, and books. They are artifacts telling us about our past.


CLAGS: Radically Gay, The Life & Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay, September 27-30, 2012

Celebrating Harry Hay on the 100th Anniversary of his birth.

Harry Hay: Founding the Mattachine Society, 1948-1953

Harry Hay: The House Un-American Committee, 1955

Photos of Harry Hay at Jonathan Ned Katz's: early 1983

Jim Steakley: Harry Hay, 1982

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LGBT Identities, Communities, and Resistance in North Carolina, 1945-2012

Outhistory is grateful to 33 students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and their teacher David Palmer, for creating this multi-part entry on a state underrepresented in LGBT scholarship.

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Press Release: Frank Millet, Archie Butt, and the Titanic at 100

Stories of two men who died on the Titanic. See also: Marie Grice Young and Ella Holmes White: Same-Sex Intimacy on the Titanic, 1912


Winners and All the Entries in OutHistory's Local Histories Contest

View the winners and all the entries in the contest sponsored by to research and write the local LGBTQ history of your village, town, city, county, or state since Stonewall in 1969.



Explore some of the major historical exhibits on For example, look at Postcards: Masculine Women, Feminine Men; early-20th c.

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Visualizing the Man-Monster: 1836

Historians Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o present "Visualizing the Man-Monster," an original on-line exhibit created for the debut of Pop-Up Soho, a production of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History.


Rob Frydlewicz: Vatican Scapegoats Gay Seminarians, November 29, 2005

OutHistory initiates a blog, the personal take of Rob Frydlewicz on people and events in the past as seen through one man's rose-hued lenses. Who is Rob? See: Rob Frydlewicz: History Through My Pink-Colored Glasses: Main Page


Scoops: History First Published on

Some of the original, community-created historical entries appearing on this website.

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Mysteries to Solve: Historical Detective Work You Can Do

Research these clues and add your findings to


Content Under Construction

See a list of some of the major content on OutHistory in the process of being created -- and see if you can help!


Participate: Help Make History

You have a right to a past! Help fight against forgetting encourages members of the LGBTQ community and their friends to create content on the site. We use MediaWiki software (like Wikipedia) to promote the public's participation in five easy steps.

1 Just log in.
2 Then click on "CREATE" on the top yellow bar and carefully add your title in the box.
3 Click again and you will be in EDIT mode and you can type your text under your page title.
4 Preview your document to see what it looks by clicking on "Show Preview" at the very bottom of the screen.
5 Then be sure to save your entry by clicking on "Save Page", also at the bottom of the screen.

You can also upload images via UPLOAD near the bottom of the left red bar. If you have any questions, please contact the Co-Director Jonathan Ned Katz at is unique in providing a freely accessible, non-profit, MediaWiki-based forum for LGBTQ community members and their friends to write and publish the documented history of the LGBT community. The focus for now is on the U.S. and its international relations.

Liberating the LGBTQ Past to Understand the Present & Inspire the Future Making Up for Lost Time! is a freely accessible, community created, educational, non-profit website on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and, yes, heterosexual history.

Since September 2011 OutHistory is being directed by historians John D'Emilio at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in consultation with Jonathan Ned Katz, the independent scholar and founder of the site. Claire Bond Potter as a co-director in July 2013.

In its first four years, OutHistory was produced by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies directed, first, by Paisley Currah, then by Sarah Chinn, and most recently by James Wilson.

During its four founding years OutHistory was supported by a generous grant from the Arcus Foundation which ended December 31, 2010.

OutHistory was awarded the 2010 Allan Berube Prize in Public History by the Committee on LGBT History of the American Historical Association. Staff


Jonathan Ned Katz, Founder and Independent Scholar, New York City; John D'Emilio, Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago, and Claire Bond Potter, Professor of History, The New School for Public Engagement, New York City.

CONTACT: Founder, Co-Director: Jonathan Ned Katz, Independent Scholar and Author:

For more about OutHistory see About.


A new way to donate to is under construction

If you require immediate information about donating to, please contact John D'Emilio at:

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StephenB said ...
11:28, 13 November 2009 (PST)
This is an amazing site. I hope and expect to make some contributions at some point ...
nulaacachusly said ...
19:37, 15 November 2009 (PST)
Hey everyone just wanna say hello and introduce myself!
Jnk said ...
16:32, 24 November 2009 (EST)
Thanks for your comments. Please tell us in more detail what you like about OutHistory, and what you think can be improved. And please think about creating some great LGBTQ history content (with pictures). Thanks. Jonathan Ned Katz, Co-Director of OutHistory
Ksofronski said ...
11:22, 23 December 2009 (EST)
i want list of gay bars from 1960's in NYC
Bill said ...
09:53, 29 March 2010 (EST)
I'm glad I found this we need more history info out here. And to say HI to everyone.
Sue Hardesty said ...
08:28, 9 May 2010 (EST)
I need lesbian femme history for a cookbook.
Manofhattan said ...
12:17, 26 June 2010 (EST)
Hi Jonathan, just wanted to let you know that has a Top-10 Sites feature and I recently submitted one for History sites and I included OutHistory as one of them. (see it at ) Perhaps this will generate additional traffic for you.

Happy Pride '10! Rob Frydlewicz
Doric Wilson said ...
16:02, 30 June 2010 (EST)
What an astonishing site! Thank you.
JulieREnszer said ...
08:58, 29 July 2010 (EST)
Thanks so much to everyone for OutHistory! It's a great resource and I especially appreciate the reproduction of Grier's bibiography Lesbians in Literature and the recent article on Diana Frederics.
Bianca Lanza said ...
00:05, 9 October 2010 (EST)
Looking for any information about the Sahara club for women - people who were there and would like to talk about it. We are making a documentary about Leslie and Beth called "Written in Stonewall." Leslie was one of the owners. The two have been together for 34 years and were the models for the George Segal "Gay Liberation" sculpture in Sheridan Square. Please check out website .
Adrian Risdon said ...
05:46, 19 October 2010 (EST)
(Brief version of what I typed before)

1. I'm interested in Andrew Gifford Jr and urban gay life in the English 18th century generally.

2. The attempts by gay novelist David Rees to recreate past gay lives. I know that "historical fiction" is a contradiction-in-terms for some people, but I feel it's better than nothing. said ...
11:00, 4 November 2010 (EST)
11-4-2010 Hi. I'm 75 years old & need a will. Since 1970 I've been collecting a library on GLBTQs, emphasis on non-fiction, & since late 1990s a library on paganism & shamanism, emphasis on Druidry. Need to find a suitable venue for bequest of these collections, to be archived--together in one place. Can you help? landline telephone 412-322-2239 (takes messages) Thanks, David A. Whaley, Ph.D.
Herrpilates said ...
10:46, 29 November 2010 (EST)
This is Eric Hubert from the Disney lawsuit in 1988. I accidentally found this website when I was writing about the incident at Disney, the lawsuit and how it changed who I was and still am regarding my pride and my place in the GLBT community. Please let me know if any schools need a speaker regarding GLBT issues and history. I currently live in Boston and travelling in the Eastern seaboard is quite easy.
Sapphosays said ...
22:18, 15 December 2010 (EST)
How religion has actually hurt lesbians and gay men.
patricia boyd said ...
20:49, 5 January 2011 (EST)
I would like to hear and learned more about Audrea Lorde, it would also be terrific if someone were to do an documenary about her. I would also like to know about her children and what has become of them after the loss of their mother. said ...
08:58, 2 February 2011 (EST)
To: patricia Boyd- Do you know about "The Audre Lorde Project" in NYC? I'm sure you can find info and history with this very capable organization. They are located in Bklyn. (google them). To John & others: Great site, much needed. keep up the great work, & I, too, hope to contribute in the future.
YoDaveG said ...
13:31, 7 February 2011 (EST)
St Graal said ...
16:02, 22 April 2011 (EST)
I resided in Beverly Hills when Ah Men Clothing was established in 1962 in West Hollywood by Don Cook & Jerry Furlow. Jerry died in 1964. A mutual Beverly Hills friend said later one of them died of suicide. Ah Men had a unique Gay perspective on mens' attire which might well have led to general American male awareness & acceptance of a more body-conscious emphasis in their apparel, especially so as to our special "manhood", before crotch grabbing began. Many of today's designers & clothiers follow their lead. Cook & Furlow deserve credit for a major change of attitude by American men but their story remains known to but a few of us still living. Only backward, repressed young males of the current day still harbor shame regarding male sexuality. If my memory is correct the nationally mailed Ah Men catalog became International Male & Undergear catalogs. Does anyone agree? Only Undergear survives under Brawn/Hanover Direct of New Jersey. Per my reading of the Undergear & Wikipedia (Undergear) websites today sadly no mention is made of Ah Men nor of its founders at either website. Could homophobia & bigotry guide history-telling by corporate CEOs now in control? Gay history has too long been ignored & suppressed! Woe be unto liars & haters! Rainier de le St Graal, Prophet 4-22-11

This is a new comment system.

I am the Lead Administrator at WikiQueer - a wiki project focusing on non-historical aspects such as public policy, organizations, etc. We would very much like to have history elements - and it seems logical to me that we try and partner with your project rather than go it alone.  :) We just soft launched this week - so the project is still in its content infancy.

I enjoyed Rainier de le St Graal's memories of Don Cook and Ah Men. I am working on a history of gay consumer culture before Stonewall (including mail order clothing catalogs, book services, and physique magazines). I would love to talk with you more about your experiences. Please be in touch.

Check out historical footage from Atlanta's 1984 Gay Pride Parade here:

I remember what it was like being a polk street hustler in the early 90's. I was 25, late start, but well, too much to say and very little space

Its really difficult to be gay or lesbian in India.

Thank you for allowing us to access Lind's The Female Impersonators. I am truly grateful.

i'd like to contact anybody who was in Seattle's gay life in the 70s (Mocambo, 611, Shelly's Leg, Trojan Shield, Greek Torch, Atlas baths)

Hello- I'm doing research on the Stonewall riots and was wondering if I could get in touch with anybody who was there. It would be really helpful to give an extra dimension to my work.

Also it would be great if anybody knew if there was any original footage easily accessible, or where the footage might be archived. Contact me at the email on my account please. Thanks so much for your time.

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