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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.

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


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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.

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William Edward Glover


Born September 16, 1932
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Role: Board Member

William Edward “Billy” Glover was born September 16, 1932, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up in Bossier City and attended Bossier schools, the high school being four blocks from his home on Monroe Street. He played flute in the band, which traveled over the summers to Lion Club meetings. Glover graduated in 1950 and went to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he says he “had more fun than learning.” He had been religious throughout high school and most of college, but by the time he left LSU he sought elsewhere for answers to complex issues such regarding race, gender, and sexuality.

Glover graduated in 1955 and was immediately drafted into the Army, training at Camp Chafee, Arkansas. He was transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas at the time the 10th Division was being deployed to Germany and the 1st was returning. He later went to Fort Benjamin Harrison for further training, with the understanding that he would go to Germany for his time remaining. When that didn't happen, he got upset and started “acting up,” as he put it. In 1956, he was caught in an alleged sexual encounter with another man and was promptly discharged.
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