OutHistory.org Update

This semester has been a busy one for the OutHistory.org team… In October we held a public panel at which three of the winners from the “Since Stonewall Local Histories Contest” presented their online historical exhibits. Megan Rohrer, Cindy Bray, and Lindsay Branson each took audience members on guided tours of their exhibits representing FTM Mentorship in San Francisco, LGBT communities in Richmond, Virginia, and Gay Liberation in New York City, respectively. The three winners also talked about the rewarding process of creating their entries for OutHistory.org.

In addition, this fall we organized a series of unconventional Seminars in the City held in the computer lab at the The Graduate Center, CUNY. At these hands-on events, members of the public received one-on-one instruction about how to use OutHistory. org allowing them to create a free account, comment on existing pages, and create new historical exhibits. Participants began building exhibits on various topics of LGBT life in including life in Staten Island, and lesbian hip hop artists. As usual, OutHistory.org’s content grew substantially during the past semester. Please visit the site to discover several new exhibits including those on images and excerpts from the 1921 memoir of a transgender individual known alternately as Earl Lind, Ralph Werther, and Jennie June. Other material includes information from the La Guardia and Wagner Archives’ City Council Collection documenting changes to New York City laws affecting the LGBT community, as well as a timeline of religion and homosexuality in the U.S.

If you value LGBT history as much as we do, we hope that you will consider making a contribution to OutHistory.org so that we can continue to publicize and preserve the history of our community. As you look ahead to the spring, please mark your calendars for our second annual fundraiser, which will be hosted by Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid and will be held on Thursday, April 7th from 6 to 8pm. Contact outhistory.org@gc.cuny.edu to learn how to purchase tickets.