OUTWORDS is the first national effort to capture the stories of LGBTQ+ pioneers and elders all over America. To Celebrate Our Past & Protect Our Future.

Welcome to OUTWORDS. Browse our short videos below, or search our Full Length Interviews for inspiring stories of courage and activism. We’re always adding new interviews and stories, so check back often.


"World AIDS Day" Webinar

published on Nov 24, 2020
Dear OUTWORDS friends,

One week from today, December 1, is #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity. We’re proud to serve you by preserving LGBTQ+ history, one interview at a time, and hope you will keep us in mind during this celebration of giving.

In particular, we would like to highlight the option to become a sustaining supporter, by signing up for a recurring donation. Recurring donations are exponentially more valuable to us, as they help us predict cash flow from month to month, and...

Racial Equity at OUTWORDS

published on Oct 21, 2020
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let
us work together.” —Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

Dear OUTWORDS community,

In our June 2, 2020 newsletter, I stated my conviction that both I and OUTWORDS can and must engage in a deep, thoughtful, and sustainable process of reflection on how White supremacy functions in the lives of people and organizations. I urged myself and other...

October Newsletter

published on Oct 6, 2020
Dear OUTWORDS community,

We hope, as always, that you and yours are as safe and well as is possible right now.

Election Day is exactly four weeks from today. Like most people, we have lots of opinions about particular candidates; but our strongest opinion is that more voters = better democracy. To that end, we share two resources:

Rideshare2Vote connects voters with rides to the polls and works to increase turnout; visit their website to request a ride or to volunteer in a number of ways.

LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World

By Mason Funk

Meet the leaders and activists on the front lines of the LGBTQ movement, from the 1960's to the present, through stunning interviews and compelling black and white photographs compiled and presented by OUTWORDS. The 75 individuals featured in THE BOOK OF PRIDE - including marriage pioneer Evan Wolfson, trans icon Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Stonewall-era rabblerouser Mark Segal and legendary Anti-DADT activist Grethe Cammermeyer - fought...

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The Book of Pride