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LGBTQ+ History: Home

General guide to researching LGBTQ+ history.


Interested in learning more about LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning) history? This guide is here to point you towards some resources!

If you have questions or need any help at all, don't hesitate to contact me, either in person or via email.

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Lahusen, Kay Tobin. "Barbara Gittings picketing the White House in 1965." 1965. Wikimedia Commons, link. License.

"Gay rights sign." Flickr, 28 Aug. 2006, link. License.


LGBTQ+ lives differ widely in general, but especially from country to country around the world. This guide mainly focuses on American history.

When researching this subject, you will likely come across many terms that are outdated, and even offensive. Language is constantly evolving! Words are often reconsidered, and once-objectionable terms sometimes get reclaimed, such as "queer."

Want to check on currently acceptable terminology? Refer to the PFLAG National Glossary of Terms.


"The most important lesson I have hopefully learned working with these archives is that they are people's lives. They are not just boxes of papers and magazines; they are people's memories, hopes, and dreams that have been entrusted to us. It is my sincere hope that reading these stories will bring you closer to the generations of LGBTQ activists who precede us and that it will help to fuel future struggles for liberation."

Baumann, Jason. "Introduction." The Stonewall Reader, edited by the New York Public Library, Penguin Books, 2019, p. xxi.