via The Library Company of Philadelphia:
The exhibition That’s So Gay: Outing Early America will show that – like African Americana and women’s history – the abundance of resources documenting homosexuality at the Library Company merely needs to be revealed. To paraphrase the late gay activist Harry Hay (1912-2002), history knows more about gay people than it knows it knows.
How can we know whether someone was gay? There are many answers to that question, but ultimately we cannot know whether a person who lived in the past would be called lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender today.
That does not mean that we cannot study gay history. Individuals took part in same-sex relationships, wrote poems and novels celebrating such relationships, deviated from gender norms, and suffered for transgressive behavior in ways that are well-documented in the historical record. Gayness can also be considered a shared cultural experience based on an intrinsically gay outlook on the world.
Exhibition is both physical and online. Go explore!
Thanks to @lizcovart for the tip.
via The History Project:
|SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
|On October 2nd, 2014, The History Project invites you to celebrate Boston’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) history and to join us in honoring the community members and organizations who make history every day.
Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Club Cafe | 209 Columbus Ave | Boston
Tickets are $75.00. More information and the link to purchase tickets can be found in the full announcement.
via the National Park Service:
On May 30, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service. Secretary Jewell made the announcement outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The theme study is part of the broader heritage initiative with the following goals:
- engaging scholars, preservationists and community members to identify, research, and tell the stories of LGBT associated properties;
- encouraging national parks, national heritage areas, and other affiliated areas to interpret LGBT stories associated with them;
- identifying, documenting, and nominating LGBT-associated sites as national historic landmarks;
- increasing the number of listings of LGBT-associated properties in the National Register of Historic Places.
We Welcome Your Participation!
Please submit your comments and ideas to us online at parkplanning.nps.gov/lgbtlaunch or via email:firstname.lastname@example.org
(h/t to Jill Snyder, NEA president, for the link!)