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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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Rich Wilson: Aspects of Queer Existence in 19th-Century America

A collector offers nineteenth-century LGBT images from his collection. Items in this on-line exhibit are more than just old prints, photographs, and books. They are artifacts telling us about our past.


CLAGS: Radically Gay, The Life & Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay, September 27-30, 2012

Celebrating Harry Hay on the 100th Anniversary of his birth.

Harry Hay: Founding the Mattachine Society, 1948-1953

Harry Hay: The House Un-American Committee, 1955

Photos of Harry Hay at Jonathan Ned Katz's: early 1983

Jim Steakley: Harry Hay, 1982

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LGBT Identities, Communities, and Resistance in North Carolina, 1945-2012

Outhistory is grateful to 33 students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and their teacher David Palmer, for creating this multi-part entry on a state underrepresented in LGBT scholarship.

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Press Release: Frank Millet, Archie Butt, and the Titanic at 100

Stories of two men who died on the Titanic. See also: Marie Grice Young and Ella Holmes White: Same-Sex Intimacy on the Titanic, 1912


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.

Since September 2011 OutHistory is being directed by historians John D'Emilio at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in consultation with Jonathan Ned Katz, the independent scholar and founder of the site. Claire Bond Potter as a co-director in July 2013.

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.

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


Jonathan Ned Katz, Founder and Independent Scholar, New York City; John D'Emilio, Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago, and Claire Bond Potter, Professor of History, The New School for Public Engagement, New York City.

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: