June 2023

Dear OutHistory Friends and Fans,

             If you like, love, admire, or respect OutHistory….

            If you want to see OutHistory grow and develop….

            If you support queer history and LGBTQ education…. 

We could use your financial support.

            Our founder, Jonathan Ned Katz, aided by volunteer content contributors, editorial consultants, and website advisors, did extraordinary work in building this website. We are fortunate that he will continue to engage in this work. Since January 2023, I have been proud to serve as OutHistory’s director, while continuing my work as the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University and co-editor of Queer Pasts (Alexander Street/ProQuest). My recent nomination to serve in 2026-27 as president of the Organization of American Historians, the first whose work focuses primarily on LGBTQ history, will provide us with exciting new opportunities to increase OutHistory’s public profile. Now is an excellent moment to maximize those opportunities.

            Over the last several months, OutHistory has initiated the following projects:

            --new exhibits by Jonathan on lesbian anarchist Eve Adams and by Marc on LGBT direct action protests and state LGBT history education laws

            --new and updated features on Boston lesbian activism for reproductive justice, Fort Lauderdale LGBT history, LGBTQ college and university organizing, trans men in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and more

            --daily posts about OutHistory exhibits on our organizational Facebook page, our public Facebook forum, and Twitter: for Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, our local/global tour in April, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month in May, and pride month in June

            --behind-the-scenes data cleanup and design tweaks to reduce duplication, improve the OutHistory homepage, and streamline the search functions (for the first time, it’s possible to access a list of OutHistory’s more than 180 featured exhibits!)

            --planning for multiple new exhibits in the coming months (stay tuned for new announcements)

            --new additions to OutHistory’s Bookshelf, highlighting old and new books on LGBTQ history

            --the formation of a 20-person board of advisors to guide OutHistory’s future (see below)

            OutHistory generally keep its costs quite low (under $50,000/year), but we are initiating a fundraising campaign in order to:

            --cover the costs of tech support and build up a reserve for a future website redesign

            --offer stipends to volunteer contributors for project-related expenses

            --hire part-time editorial, development, financial, and tech staff

            --cover the administrative costs charged by our fiscal sponsor, the Fund for the City of New York

         If you are in a position to support OutHistory financially, we would be very grateful for your contribution.

            Online donations are now welcome.

You also can send checks made out to “Fund for the City of New York” (please write OutHistory in the memo line) to: Fund for the City of New York, Attn: OutHistory, 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013.

            At a time when LGBTQ history is facing ongoing and new threats, we encourage you to show your love and support for OutHistory!

            Thank you!

            Marc Stein

            OutHistory Director


Announcing the OutHistory Advisory Board:


Daniel Bao – GLBT Historical Society (San Francisco)

Elspeth Brown – University of Toronto and The Arquives

Julio Capó Jr. – Florida International University and the Stonewall National Museum & Archives

Josh Cerretti – Western Washington University

Rachel Corbman – University of Toronto and Lesbian Herstory Archives

Thomas Glave – State University of New York at Binghamton and Writing West Midlands (UK)

Emily K. Hobson – University of Nevada, Reno

Channing Gerard Joseph – Princeton University

Jonathan Ned Katz – OutHistory founder and founding director

Tamara de Szegheo Lang – Queen’s University (Ontario)

Víctor M. Macías-González – University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Jen Manion – Amherst College

Juan Carlos Mezo-González – University of Toronto

Sage Milo – Book Shelf Editor

La Shonda Mims – Middle Tennessee State University

Jorge Olivares – Colby College

Joseph Plaster – Johns Hopkins University

Claire Potter – The New School for Social Research and Public Seminar

Nayan Shah – University of Southern California

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu – University of California, Irvine