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OutHistory tells stories about the queer past, about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.  It uncovers histories of same-gender love and of gender crossing in the recent and distant past.  We believe that knowing about this history can inspire and excite people, can rouse us to action, and can help us make a different future.  We believe that history is an especially valuable resource for LGBT people and our allies, since most of us did not grow up in families or communities where this history was easily available and taught.

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You can help us make history in more ways than one.  You can explore our site and learn about the past, so that you’re better equipped to make the future you want.  You can share your own research about the queer past.  And you can become part of a living archive of memories and experience by telling your own story about selected topics. Read More

OutHistory Highlights

  • Harry Hay

    A senior honor thesis, Children of the Brain: The Life, Theory, & Activism of Harry Hay, 1953-1964 written for the New York University Department of History.

  • The American People, Volume 1

    Larry Kramer's The American People, Volume I, Search for My Heart, A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 7, 2015) is a fictional meditation on history, especially on gay and lesbian history. This is a collection of responses by historians, other scholars, and the public to this historical novel that were solicited by OutHistory.org

  • Gary Miller: Scared and Confused to Gay and Elected

    Gary Miller provides OutHistory with a moving, original memoir detailing the struggles of his childhood and youth, to his present political and community service.

  • Marc Stein: Dewey's Sit-in, Philadelphia, April 25, 1965

    In 1965 Drum magazine called it “the first sit-in of its kind in the history of the United States.” To honor the fiftieth anniversary of this major act of LGBT resistance, historian Marc Stein presents contemporary reports of the sit-in at Dewey’s restaurant, Center City, Philadelphia, on April 25, 1965. Staged by three teenagers, it protested discrimination against "homosexuals,”...

  • Almeda Sperry to Emma Goldman: 1912

    A collection of love letters to Emma Goldman, the anarchist leader, vividly conveys the emotions and varied life experience of Almeda Sperry, their complex author. The letters detail and evoke Sperry's tender-brutal relationship with her husband Fred; her bitter-funny cash relationship with Carnegie Steel Company boss "Newt"; her loving relationship with Florence, a graphically described woman friend; her own poor working-class ...