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Welcome to OutHistory
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.
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 presents an important original essay by Elly Bulkin about Jo Sinclair, pen name of Ruth Seid (1913-1995), a working-class Jewish lesbian writer. Sinclair's positive portrayal of 1940s lesbians, norm-breaking teens (mostly female), her...
OutHistory presents 92 pages of previously unpublished documents on the hunt for homosexuals, sex “deviates,” and “perverts,” 1955-1965, by the President and deans of Mississippi Southern College (now the University of...
On the publication of Jen Manion’s book Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, October 7, 2015), OutHistory is featuring an original essay by Manion. It discusses how sex between men in early Philadelphia prisons was used as a rationale for solitary confinement.