OUTWORDS is honored to be just one of a rich collection of websites and projects that advance LGBTQ history and storytelling. Below is a non-comprehensive list of projects that we recommend visiting. Please visit our Partners page to send us feedback, or let us know about other sites we should include.
Act Up Oral History Project – http://www.actuporalhistory.org
The ACT UP Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York. The project is coordinated by Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman.
AIDS Education Posters – http://aep.lib.rochester.edu
Housed at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, the AIDS Education Posters project consists of 8000 posters documenting efforts to educate and inform the people of over 100 countries in over 60 languages, from 1982 to the present, about the AIDS epidemic.
Cornell University Human Sexuality Collection -- https://rare.library.cornell.edu/HSC
The Cornell Human Sexuality Collection seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives – http://gerberhart.org
Founded in 1981 in Chicago, the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.
The GLBT History Society – http://www.glbthistory.org
Founded in San Francisco 1985, the GLBT Historical Society archives and museum collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture and arts in all their diversity.
I’m From Driftwood – http://imfromdriftwood.com
I’m From Driftwood is an archive of personal stories from contemporary LGBTQ people from all over America. IFD also includes the “What Was It Like?” initiative, which features queer elders reflecting on their early lives and the early days of the LGBTQ movement.
James Hormel LGBTQIA Center – https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=0200002401
Part of San Francisco Public Library, The James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center is the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allies’ history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.
June Mazer Lesbian Archives – http://www.mazerlesbianarchives.org
First founded in Oakland, CA in 1981, the June Mazer Lesbian Archives is currently housed in West Hollywood, CA. It includes many rich resources including the True Life Oral History Project.
The Lavender Effect – http://www.thelavendereffect.org
Based in Los Angeles, The Lavender Effect has recorded a number of video interviews with LGBTQ activists and allies, mostly in the Los Angeles area.
Lesbian Herstory Archives – http://www.lesbianherstoryarchives.org
The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities. In addition to sharing their vast resources online, the Lesbian Herstory Archives is open to the public at their location in Brooklyn, NY.
The LGBT Community Center National History Archive – https://gaycenter.org/archives
The LGBT National History Archive, a project of The Center in New York City, serves to preserve the history of the LGBT community and its rich heritage, by providing a look into the lives and experiences of LGBT people throughout the years.
LGBTQ History Digital Collaboratory – http://lgbtqdigitalcollaboratory.org
The LGBTQ History Digital Collaboratory is working to connect scholars, activists, and archives across Canada and the U.S. to produce a collaborative, digital history hub for gay, lesbian, queer, and trans* oral histories.
Making Gay History – http://makinggayhistory.com
Making Gay History is a podcast project, currently in its third season, in which journalist Eric Marcus mines and repurposes the rare audio interviews that he recorded in the 1980’s as research for his oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives – http://www.onearchives.org
Originally founded in 1952 and currently based at the University of Southern California (USC), the ONE Archives is the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.
Outspoken – https://www.outspoken-lgbtq.org
Longtime LGBTQ activist, writer, and photographer Steven Dansky created this project which includes video interviews and photographs of many early queer pioneers and trailblazers. All product from Outspoken is archived at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California.
Quatrefoil Library – https://www.qlibrary.org
The mission of the Quatrefoil Library, located in Minneapolis, MN, is to collect, maintain, document and circulate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer materials and information in a safe and accessible space.
Rainbow History Project – http://rainbowhistory.org
The mission of the Rainbow History Project is to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington DC.
Stonewall National Museum & Archives – http://stonewallnationalmuseum.org
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL., the Stonewall National Museum & Archives is the largest LGBTQ circulating library in the US. The Archives includes 30,000 items documenting a century of LGBT cultural and social history.
The Trans + Gender Project – http://kjrawson.net/trans-gender-timeline/
Founded by KJ Rawson, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross, the Trans + Gender Project includes many resources including a unique timeline relating to the history of transgender identity.
Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria – https://www.uvic.ca/transgenderarchives/
The Transgender Archives, the largest trans archive in the world, is committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of trans, gender non-binary, and two-spirit people.
Trans Narratives – http://transnarratives.org
According to Transnarratives co-founder Meredith Vezina, “Trans Narratives tells the stories of everyday people. While the interviews focus on the numerous challenges faced by trans people today and in the past, our stories will also uplift us all with the courage of trans people."
The Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Stories – https://www.lib.umn.edu/tretter
The Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota houses over 3,000 linear feet of material about the LGBTQ experience. It includes published material, organizational records, personal manuscripts, informational files, films, music, textiles, posters, and other items.
Visual AIDS – https://www.visualaids.org
Visual AIDS houses a critical record of the role that art has played in combatting the AIDS epidemic. Visual AIDS also continues to promote the use of art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving the legacy of artists affected by HIV/AIDS.