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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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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.

From September 2011 on OutHistory is being directed by historians John D'Emilio and Jennifer Brier at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in consultation with Jonathan Ned Katz, and in cooperation with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and other interested advisors.

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. Contributions from individuals are also welcome and a new donation page is being created.

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


John D'Emilio and Jennifer Brier at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in collaboration with Jonathan Ned Katz.


Catherine Jacquet is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She researches the politics of sexual violence in the mid-20th century United States.

Jason Stodolka is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work focuses on queer identity and social movement organizations.

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: