This exhibit focuses on Urvashi Vaid (1958-2022), a leading LGBTQ activist of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The exhibit includes three components: a roundtable interview featuring three friends of Urvashi’s from her years at…
Two men's life together shows how Christian traditions of spiritual brotherhood could shelter same-sex love from social scrutiny. Originally published on OutHistory in 2020.
An exhibit that describes the work done to identify the author of groundbreaking memoirs from the early 1900s. Originally published on OutHistory in 2022.
An introduction to approximately sixty individuals who were assigned female at birth and lived as men from the 1870s to the 1930s in the United States. Published originally on OutHistory in 2022 and updated in 2023.
On the fiftieth anniversary of Daniel R. Pinello's coming out in an essay on the front page of the Williams College student newspaper, OutHistory republished, with the author's permission, Pinello's work.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League did everything it could to keep lesbians off the diamond. Seventy-five years later, its gay stars finally opened up. OutHistory excerpt, along with related links, published on April 23, 2020.
An essay, originally published in The Advocate in 1989, about U.S. President Grover Cleveland's sister Rose and her partner.
Links for exhibits on Alexander Hamilton/John Laurens and Moreau de Saint Méry, along with profiles of Frederick von Steuben and Deborah Sampson, published originally on OutHistory in 2020.
An essay by historian John D'Emilio "On Teaching Religion and Homosexuality in the U.S.," and six chronologies on religion and homosexuality in the United States. First published on OutHistory in 2014.
OutHistory is grateful to historian Kevin J. Mumford for creating this bibliography, and for research assistance he sends special thanks to Olivia Hagedorn, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign. First…
A historian recalls the life of an early lesbian activist. First published on OutHistory in 2020.
This exhibit features notes from an anonymous OutHistory contributor about a Civil War officer and biographer of U.S. President Ulysses Grant.
Adapted from an essay about Henry Melville's novel in The Village Voice Literary Supplement, April 1982, pages 10-12. Copyright Jonathan Ned Katz. First published on OutHistory in 2020.
First published on OutHistory in 2020.
Thomas Glave was a student at Bowdoin College when he published what turned out to be an inflamatory essay in the Bowdoin student newspaper, The Bowdoin Orient, on February 19, 1993 (p. 15). OutHistory reprinted that essay with Glave's…
See also: The Standard Model of the Social-Historical Universe, by Jonathan Ned Katz
A theater piece, first performed in 1989-1992 and authored by OutHistory's founder, about love between men in the life of Walt Whitman, adapted from the words of Whitman, John Addington Symonds, and others, condensed from their letters, diaries,…
An interview with the author of a groundbreaking 1975 essay on lesbian history.
This exhibit introduces Arthur Kingsley Porter, an American archaeologist, art historian and medievalist who chaired Harvard University's Art History Department.
In 1864, John William Sterling graduated from Yale College. About 1870, in his mid-twenties, Sterling met James Orville Bloss, who was three years younger. The two formed a relationship of almost 50 years, and lived together in New York City for most…