OutHistory.org awards local LGBT projects

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: June 29, 2010 in Blog

OutHistory.org, in partnership with the Arcus Foundation, has announced the five winners of their LGBTQ Local Histories Contest.

From a press release:

OutHistory.org, the award-winning website on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer U.S. history, announced the winners of its “Since Stonewall Local Histories Contest” on Monday, June 28, exactly 41 years after the start of the rebellion that marks the beginning of the modern movement for LGBTQ rights and liberation.

The contest—the first of its kind—invited people from across the country to create exhibits on OutHistory.org about the history of LGBTQ life in their village, town, city, county, or state since the Stonewall riots, 40 years ago. The contest also offered five cash prizes, from $5,000 to $1,000, to the creators of the top five exhibits. The awards were provided by the Arcus Foundation, which funded OutHistory.org for four years.

OutHistory.org received over thirty exciting exhibits about LGBTQ history. One of the contest’s major goals was to draw attention to LGBTQ history in places that scholars have overlooked. Exhibits include entries about states such as Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, and Virginia, among others.

The “Since Stonewall” exhibits are all geographically-based, but range dramatically in subject, from one New Yorker’s memoirs, to a history of the Gay Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., an account of a long-lived gay bar in Michigan called The Flame, and a timeline of The Lesbian Mothers National Defense Fund in Seattle. All the entries are listed on the site.

Professors and historians of homosexuality John D’Emilio and Leisa Meyer served as judges of the contest.

The winners included exhibits on “Man-i-fest: FTM Mentorship in San Francisco from 1976 – 2009,” “Rainbow Richmond: LGBTQ History of Richmond, VA,” “Gay Liberation in New York City,” “Las Vegas, Nevada,” “Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco, California 1971-2004.”

Only two entries was filed for the Carolinas, including an in-depth look at LGBT and related history in rural Watauga County and what looks like a preliminary overview of Columbia, S.C., LGBT history.

qnotes values the role of documenting our local, state and national LGBT histories. Be sure to check out our series of features:
Timeless Pride. June 27, 2009
Timeless Pride, part two. July 11, 2009
Gay through Z. June 26, 2010