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Free. Interesting. Reliable. Educational. It's About Time!

Welcome to this prototype in development of OutHistory.org, a website about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, to which anyone with data or skills can contribute. Directed by historian Jonathan Ned Katz, and coordinated by Lynley Wheaton, OutHistory is produced by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and funded by a two-year grant from the Arcus Foundation]. For more about OutHistory.org, see About.

Help Make History

OutHistory.org is an experiment in history by the people. You can contribute. Here's how.


Please explore the site and comment on it using the "Discuss" option on this page. Comment on a particular entry by using the "Discuss” section of each article.

Create Content

This is a site to which we urge users to contribute content. Take a look at the Participate page and find out how to create entries, submit documents, and offer research, copyediting, administrative, graphic design, and other skills. If you are ready to create content, see Help for first steps.

Donate: And please visit the Donate page and help fund the development of this site.

Browse by Category

Stubs (Content Requests)


The content of OutHistory.org is both user-generated and solicited from independent scholars, institutionally-based researchers, and anyone with special knowledge.

Users are encouraged to participate in creating the site, following the site’s Contributors’ Guidelines. Content can be submitted by any user interested in helping OutHistory.org make history, and we welcome that participation.

  • All users can freely discuss the site or discuss a particular article or timeline entry, including stub articles (see below). Suggestions for additions to or changes in entries will be seriously considered by all of us who work to improve the content to the site.
  • Users can search the site’s stub categories, articles for which content is desired, but for which there is no or little content, and begin to fill in a stub.
  • Users can also create new stub categories, suggestions for entries for which there is no or little content. And, if users desire, they can begin to fill in the new stub article.

Content: To date, OutHistory has 2,487 articles.

Featured Exhibits

OutHistory’s featured exhibits are curated by scholars or presented by knowledgeable researchers or collectors. They provide a focused look at a few, particular aspects of LGBTQ history. If you can help us expand the range of queer histories covered in future exhibits, please email outhistory@gc.cuny.edu.


Postcards: Masculine Women, Feminine Men

Images from the collection of Marshall Weeks

Forty postcards from the early-20th-century reflect concerns about "masculine" women, "feminine" men.


Out and Elected in the U.S.A

Photographed by Ron Schlittler

Openly gay and lesbian people elected to public office in the U.S.

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Lesbian Theater

Curated by Mimi McGurl

Focusing on New York’s WOW Café and Theatre.

Queer Youth - On Campus and in the Media

Curated by Sharon Ullman

Activism on college and high school campuses and media representations of queer youth.

The Pre-Gay Era in the USA

Curated by C. Todd White

Homosexual rights organizations and publications in the U.S. from the 1950s to 1969.


Curated by John D’Emilio

The first exhibit on the LGBTQ history of a particular city, town, or geographical area,

People of African Descent

Curated by Tavia Nyong’o

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Colonial America: The Age of Sodomitical Sin

Curated by Jonathan Ned Katz

All the original documents in Katz's Gay/Lesbian Almanac and Gay American History, and evidence discovered since.


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Documents of people who did not conform with the sex and gender norms of their time.

Native Americans

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Browse by Category

Today is May 29, 2020

Jim Kolbe

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Check out the Jim Kolbe's Article

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Example of How References Work

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  1. Doe, John. "OutHistory.org: A New Wiki." Some Journal vol. 16, January 2008.
  2. This is a text of the second reference
  3. Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay American History, p. 302.

Play in our Sandbox

Template with Variables

This article was submitted by eminent scholar, Jonathan Doe, and is locked for editing. Please discuss any omissions or corrections on the discussion page.

Hello and welcome to OutHistory.org.

Thank you signing up and contributing to the project. Here are a couple of things you may find helpful as you navigate your way through the site:

  • First, we suggest that you set up the correct time zone for yourself by visiting the preferences page. This will allow you see when articles have been posted and edited according to your local time, rather than Greenwich Mean Time. Click on the "Date and time" tab and simply click on the "Fill in from the browser" button to determine your time zone automatically. You can also set other useful defaults on the preferences page.
  • Next, try editing your own user page to tell others a bit about yourself and get familiar with editing. You can access your user page by clicking on your username on the top of the sidebar.
  • Each user on OutHistory has a user page and a talk page. Use your and others talk pages for discussion and communication. Just like on Wikipedia, it's a standard practice to indent your paragraphs one level further when engaging in a discussion. Type a single or multiple colons before each of you paragraphs to indent text (::Like this). Sign your edits automatically by typing four tilde characters (~~~~). If your discussion concerns a single article, edit that article's discussion page instead.
  • Finally, for advanced editing see editing help and above all, experiment on the sandbox page rather than a real article page.

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Lesbian Theatre

Curated by Mimi McGurl

This exhibit focuses on the lesbian theatre with an emphasis on the history of New York’s WOW Café and Theatre. This exhibit provides a wealth of primary sources from the personal papers of the founders of the theatre.

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Queer Youth - On Campus and in the Media

Curated by Sharon Ullman

The queer youth exhibit focuses on activism on college and high school campuses as well as representations of queer youth in the media. This exhibit was researched by Bryn Mawr and Haverford students for a class on the History of Sexuality in America. Topics range from GSA’s to GLF to hate crimes perpetrated against at risk youth in the second half of the twentieth century.

Paragraph and Spacing issues

This is a paragraph.

To create another paragraph, I need to type the Enter (or Return) key twice. This gives a blank line in the source. If I type some text and hit my Return key only once and type some more text, it will still be considered one paragraph (see the source of this paragraph and how it's different from the displayed).

If I type the Return key three (or more times), I will be creating empty paragraphs on the page (see how there more space right after this paragraph, again check the source).

There is really no reason for having more than one blank line (two returns) in the source, Since paragraphs are already separated from on another by a bit of space comfortable for extended reading.

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