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The Lafayette College Queer Archives Project Digital Humanities Site, by Mary A. Armstrong
A Conversation with Alex Ketchum about the Directory of LGBTQ+ Archives, by Juan Carlos Mezo-González
Sally: A 2023 Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Deborah Craig, by Julie R. Enszer
When Henry Wrote to Jim: The Letters of Henry Gerber to Jim Egan, 1951, by Donald W. McLeod
Transmasculine People in the U.S. Press, 1876-1939, by Emily Skidmore, with Marissa Brameyer
State LGBT History Education Laws, 2011-2021, by Marc Stein
LGBT Direct Action Bibliography, Chronology, and Inventory, by Marc Stein
The Eve Adams Archive, by Jonathan Ned Katz
Who Was Jennie June?, by Channing Joseph
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg and "The Female World of Love and Ritual," A 2021 Interview, by Matthew Hauptman
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Transcripts of interviews on Philadelphia LGBT history from the 1940s to the 1970s, along with an introduction by the interviewer, who completed much of this work as part of his Ph.D. dissertation research at the University of Pennsylvania. The interviews are discussed in City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 (University of Chicago Press, 2000). First published on OutHistory in 2009; last update June 26, 2021.
This exhibit focuses on LGBTQ+ activism on college and high school campuses and representations of queer youth in the media. The project was researched by Bryn Mawr and Haverford students for a class on the history of sexuality in America, taught by Sharon Ullman. First published by OutHistory in 2012.
To honor the 40th anniversary celebration, in June 2009, of the Stonewall Riots, OutHistory for the first time published nine pages of New York City Police Department records created early on the morning of the rebellion’s starting date, June 28, 1969. These were obtained by Jonathan Ned Katz via a New York Freedom of Information Law request. In June 2019, Tim Fitzsimmons, a reporter for NBC News, published one completely new and other old but differently redacted documents based on a FOIL request for Stonewall police reports. They are all republished here.
Polk Street’s history through the lens of neighborhood change in the early twenty-first century. Polk Street was San Francisco’s premier gay male center in the 1960s and 1970s. First published on OutHistory in 2012.
A collection of twenty works by New York artist Anthony Gonzales depicting the varieties of life that could be found in New York City's subway tunnels in 2008. Published originally on OutHistory in 2012.
A survey, through black and white portraits and texts, of many pioneering openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals elected to public office in the United States beginning in the 1970s. For information on a touring exhibit version of the collection, contact Ron Schlittler at email@example.com.
These documents about LGBTQ+ Native Americans present years of testimony from a wide variety of observers: military men, missionaries, explorers, trappers, traders, settlers, and later, medical doctors, anthropologists, homosexual emancipationists, and LGBTQ+ activists. In a few rare instances the voices of LGBTQ+ Native Americans are heard. This is adapted from Jonathan Ned Katz, Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (NY: Crowell, 1976). The notes to these documents contain numbers of additional sources. Last edit: May 31, 2021.
A collection of biographies written by the students in Catherine Jacquet's Fall 2012 class at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The class was titled "Gender Non-Conformity in Historical Perspective."
An exhibit on the often overlooked queer history of Newark, New Jersey, a history that is "tragic at times, but also bold, defiant, and resistant." First published on OutHistory in 2014.
Reed Erickson used the wealth which his class privilege provided to support public education and activism about transgender lives and issues at a time when very little public attention was focused on the topic. Ada Bello, who wrote this account of Erickson’s life and work, was motivated to do it because she knew Erickson earlier in life when Erickson was part of the Philadelphia lesbian community. Bello has supplemented her own knowledge of Erickson with a good deal of research to offer us an accessible biographical portrait of this key figure in the transgender freedom movement in the United States. Published originally by OutHistory in 2016; last edited in 2020 by Jonathan Ned Katz, with changes indicated by words in brackets [ ].
Following the death of historian Horacio N. Roque Ramírez in December 2015, OutHistory published a memorial by Nan Alamilla Boyd.
An archive and exhibit exploring U.S. homophile magazine references to various regions of the world in the 1950s and 1960s. The regions are (1) Africa; (2) Asia and the Pacific; (3) Canada; (4) Latin America and the Caribbean; (5) the Middle East; and (6) Russia, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. Originally published on OutHistory in 2015. The authors later expanded this work for a special 2017 issue of the Journal of Homosexuality: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjhm20/64/7.
An edited transcript of a 2023 interview with the creator of a new directory of LGBTQ+ archives. Published originally by OutHistory in 2023.