The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston

The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston The History Project is an independent not-for-profit organization that documents, preserves, and shares the history of Boston's LGBTQ communities.
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The History Project is an all-volunteer group of activists, archivists, historians, writers, and community members dedicated to preserving the history of Boston's and Massachusetts' LGBTQ communities and sharing that information with the public.

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'As the founding director of Visual AIDS, he helped develop campaigns including “Day Without Art” and, most notably, the...
05/06/2021
Patrick O’Connell, 67, Dies; Raised Awareness of AIDS With Art

'As the founding director of Visual AIDS, he helped develop campaigns including “Day Without Art” and, most notably, the ubiquitous red ribbon.'

As the founding director of Visual AIDS, he helped develop campaigns including “Day Without Art” and, most notably, the ubiquitous red ribbon.

Rest in Power Jahaira DeAlto.
05/03/2021

Rest in Power Jahaira DeAlto.

Yesterday we lost an esteemed trans activist, ballroom mother and founding organizer of Trans Resistance, Jahaira DeAlto. We are grieving and we are not okay. Trans Lives Matter and Jahaira should still be here. Jahaira worked as a trans community organizer for decades helping to start Trans Day of Remembrance, member of the House of Balenciga and working as a domestic violence advocate. Her murder is the 17th reported trans killing this year, putting 2021 on track to be the deadliest on record for trans Americans - again! Help us honor Jahaira’s legacy by donating to the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts INC today.

See you June 12th at Franklin Park for the 2nd annual Trans Resistance March, Vigil and Pride fest where we will march in Jahaira's memory to end transphobia and uplift our "magical TQBIPOC community" as she said.

🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️#translivesmatter

We're joining Mosesian Center for the Arts, History UnErased, and Greater Boston PFLAG for LGBTQ+ History Then and Now t...
05/03/2021

We're joining Mosesian Center for the Arts, History UnErased, and Greater Boston PFLAG for LGBTQ+ History Then and Now this Saturday at 4PM ET (following
Watertown Children's Theatre's 2PM virtual production of The Laramie Project). Sign up for this free panel discussion: https://www.mosesianarts.org/timedevents/1162?vrid=dTFiZTlnPT06OjViNDVjY2FhYTUyYjQ2YjYwOTMzYWIyNWYyZTQwODU1&showall=1

We're joining Mosesian Center for the Arts, History UnErased, and Greater Boston PFLAG for LGBTQ+ History Then and Now this Saturday at 4PM ET (following
Watertown Children's Theatre's 2PM virtual production of The Laramie Project). Sign up for this free panel discussion: https://www.mosesianarts.org/timedevents/1162?vrid=dTFiZTlnPT06OjViNDVjY2FhYTUyYjQ2YjYwOTMzYWIyNWYyZTQwODU1&showall=1

Walking tours like this sound like a good way to start venturing out again... Happy to see this tidbit about The George ...
05/01/2021
The Black Heritage Trail: A walking tour deep into Boston history - The Boston Globe

Walking tours like this sound like a good way to start venturing out again... Happy to see this tidbit about The George Middleton House:

"We exchange greetings and he shares with me his name and affiliation: Stephen Judge, fifth owner of the house. He lives there with his husband. Here is the story Judge relays: Middleton shared the house with his partner, Louis Glapion, who hailed from the Caribbean. Glapion, I’ve since discovered, worked as a hairdresser, an occupation of high standing in the Black community of the day, which would have made both Middleton and Glapion respected members of the contemporary Black community. Several sources support the inclusion of Middleton and Glapion in queer histories."

The trail leads visitors through Beacon Hill and offers a glimpse of the 19th-century Black experience.

We're getting ready to add some new designs to our store, which means that our current vintage bar collection is only av...
04/15/2021

We're getting ready to add some new designs to our store, which means that our current vintage bar collection is only available for two more weeks! Get your LGBTQ Boston bar swag before May 1st! https://www.bonfire.com/store/the-history-project/

We're getting ready to add some new designs to our store, which means that our current vintage bar collection is only available for two more weeks! Get your LGBTQ Boston bar swag before May 1st! https://www.bonfire.com/store/the-history-project/

In honor of #TransDayOfVisibility, we're happy to share the first batch of photos from Jo Triglio's Trans Resistance Mar...
03/31/2021

In honor of #TransDayOfVisibility, we're happy to share the first batch of photos from Jo Triglio's Trans Resistance March Collection, taken at the 2020 Trans Resistance March, Boston. View photos on our digital collections site: https://historyproject.omeka.net/collections/show/49

Trans Resistance was formed in June 2020 by Athena Vaughn, Chastity Bowick, and a collective of trans and queer activists in the Boston area who built upon years of contention with the Boston Pride board for being trans-exclusionary in their process, vision, and work and failing to equitably represent the magical TQBIPOC community in Boston. Save the date for Trans Resistance 2021 - June 12!

Trans Resistance builds off the work of the Transgender Emergency Fund, the only organization dedicated to supporting low-income and homeless Transgender individuals in Massachusetts. The Transgender Emergency Fund assists with homelessness prevention, shelter assistance, nutrition assistance, prescription co-pay assistance, transportation and escort to medical appointments, etc. All services are contingent on the availability of funds.

Jo Trigilio shared these photos with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Page from the May 5, 1988 Issue of AMALGM's newsletter. AMALGM or the Alliance of Massachusetts Asian Lesbains and Gay M...
03/23/2021

Page from the May 5, 1988 Issue of AMALGM's newsletter. AMALGM or the Alliance of Massachusetts Asian Lesbains and Gay Men, was founded in 1979 by two lesbian women and two gay men who met at GLAD Day Book Shop and discussed forming a group to proivde support, create a social space and advocate for queer Asian people. The group changed its name to the Queer Asian Pacific Alliance (QAPA) in 2003 to be inclusive of its bisexual and transgender members.

Originally called BAGMAL (Boston Asian Gay Men and Lesbians), AMALGM organized protests and advocated for Asian representation in queer spaces as well as promoting community events. This page from the May 1998 newsletter provided information for members interested in marching with AMALGM in the annual Boston Pride parade and featured photos from the previous year's march taken by S.H. Chua. A collection of AMALGM newsletters is now in the archives of The History Project.

Page from the May 5, 1988 Issue of AMALGM's newsletter. AMALGM or the Alliance of Massachusetts Asian Lesbains and Gay Men, was founded in 1979 by two lesbian women and two gay men who met at GLAD Day Book Shop and discussed forming a group to proivde support, create a social space and advocate for queer Asian people. The group changed its name to the Queer Asian Pacific Alliance (QAPA) in 2003 to be inclusive of its bisexual and transgender members.

Originally called BAGMAL (Boston Asian Gay Men and Lesbians), AMALGM organized protests and advocated for Asian representation in queer spaces as well as promoting community events. This page from the May 1998 newsletter provided information for members interested in marching with AMALGM in the annual Boston Pride parade and featured photos from the previous year's march taken by S.H. Chua. A collection of AMALGM newsletters is now in the archives of The History Project.

Did you know that only about 18% of all biographies on Wikipedia are about women? Help The History Project to improve th...
03/07/2021

Did you know that only about 18% of all biographies on Wikipedia are about women? Help The History Project to improve the digital visibility of women and celebrate International Women’s Day by editing and adding articles on Wikipedia.

Join the very first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon hosted by The History Project and learn more about queer women of New England including Sarah Orne Jewett, Elaine Noble, Rita Hester and Beverly Smith, among others. Join now at the link in our bio! Drop in to our Zoom anytime between 11am and 4pm!

#womenshistorymonth #internationalwomensday #womenshistory #lgbtqhistory #lesbianhistory #transhistory

Did you know that only about 18% of all biographies on Wikipedia are about women? Help The History Project to improve the digital visibility of women and celebrate International Women’s Day by editing and adding articles on Wikipedia.

Join the very first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon hosted by The History Project and learn more about queer women of New England including Sarah Orne Jewett, Elaine Noble, Rita Hester and Beverly Smith, among others. Join now at the link in our bio! Drop in to our Zoom anytime between 11am and 4pm!

#womenshistorymonth #internationalwomensday #womenshistory #lgbtqhistory #lesbianhistory #transhistory

RIP Peter Dorey, who opened Gay’s The Word - the United Kingdom’s first gay book store - in 1979.
02/18/2021
Peter Dorey, Who Opened UK's Beloved First LGBTQ Bookshop 'Gay's The Word', Dies at 73

RIP Peter Dorey, who opened Gay’s The Word - the United Kingdom’s first gay book store - in 1979.

Peter Dorey, who opened the United Kingdom's first gay book store, Gay's The Word, has died at 73, the bookstore announced on social media.https://www.instagram.com/p/CLXC7f6AOKO/The BBC reports: 'Peter Dorey, who was among a small group of gay activists, opened Gay's The Word in Bloomsbury in centr...

We're really excited about this event with our friends at Historic New England this Thursday at 5:30PM! In the early 190...
02/08/2021

We're really excited about this event with our friends at
Historic New England this Thursday at 5:30PM!

In the early 1900s, Harvard economist A. Piatt Andrew's home in Gloucester, Red Roof, attracted socialites like "confirmed bachelor" Henry Sleeper. Join Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, for a virtual program exploring Red Roof's guest books. RSVP here: https://my.historicnewengland.org/6730/red-roof

At the turn of the twentieth century, Gloucester’s Eastern Point attracted a glittering circle of visiting artists, collectors, politicians, socialites, and silent-film stars. At the center of this social whirl stood Red Roof, the home of noted Harvard economist and eventual Massachusetts Congressman A. Piatt Andrew.

Join us for our virtual lecture “The Smart Set at Red Roof” next Thursday, 2/11. Explore Red Roof’s guest books, maintained between 1902 and 1930, featuring hundreds of photographs taken by Andrew himself, a friend of Henry Davis Sleeper of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Cosponsored by The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/6730/red-roof for tickets.

📸 From the Red Roof Guest Book 1902-1912, pg. 113

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we're highlighting the stories, histories, and projects of Black LGBTQ artists, activists, and ...
02/05/2021
#BlackHistoryMonth: Combahee River Collective | The History Project

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we're highlighting the stories, histories, and projects of Black LGBTQ artists, activists, and historians. Explore the Combahee River Collective, "How We Get Free," edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Boston Center for the Arts' yearlong "Combahee's Radical Call: Black Feminisms (re)Awaken Boston."

http://historyproject.org/news/2021-02/blackhistorymonth-combahee-river-collective

This Black History Month, The History Project is highlighting the stories, histories, and projects of Black LGBTQ artists, activists, and historians.

The Boston Globe highlighted the work of our 2020 HistoryMaker Award honoree, Dr. Thea James, to encourage communities o...
02/01/2021
BMC’s Dr. Thea James is working to persuade communities of color to get the vaccine - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe highlighted the work of our 2020 HistoryMaker Award honoree, Dr. Thea James, to encourage communities of color to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Just as the pandemic has brought economic inequality to center stage, it has also prompted soul-searching about the relationship between communities of color and the health care system.

James is right at the intersection of those worlds, a woman steeped in science and data.

And she is also a Black woman who understands that people of color assume disparate treatment exists because they have seen just that in their daily lives."
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/31/metro/bmcs-dr-thea-james-is-working-persuade-communities-color-get-vaccine/

As the COVID vaccine gets rolled out, Dr. Thea James is one of the most prominent voices reaching out to those in communities being battered medically and economically by the pandemic.

The board and staff of The History Project unequivocally condemn the violent attack on the United States Capitol as an a...
01/08/2021
We condemn the violent attack on the United States Capitol | The History Project

The board and staff of The History Project unequivocally condemn the violent attack on the United States Capitol as an attempt to overthrow our democratic election process.

Some say that history will judge this period; we should not wait for history to judge the actions of the white supremacist terrorist mob, the double standard in police response versus peaceful protests by BIPOC citizens, the long history of harassment and surveillance of LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations by law enforcement agencies, and the widespread promotion of lies at the highest levels of our government.

As a community archives dedicated to ensuring that our lives and stories are part of the historical narrative, we know that history isn’t some mysterious, abstract force. We as a community create and interpret history; we can and do judge the actions of an insurrectionist mob, seditionist politicians, and white supremacists as abhorrent, horrifying, and unacceptable.

Democracy must prevail; together, we will continue the work of justice, equity, and equality. The History Project joins the growing bipartisan call for the immediate resignation, impeachment, or removal of the president by the Constitution’s 25th Amendment. We must ensure that the ideals of our democracy, including the peaceful transition of power, are carried out.

http://historyproject.org/news/2021-01/we-condemn-violent-attack-united-states-capitol

The board and staff of The History Project unequivocally condemn the violent attack on the United States Capitol as an attempt to overthrow our democratic election process.

12/30/2020
The Most Exciting Time in History to Come out of the Closet?

Matt Baume serves up some gay history by way of the 70s sitcom "Phyllis."

Gay San Francisco in the 1970s: A disco-fueled cauldron of sex, art, power, riots, and liberation. There was the grassroots rise of Harvey Milk; the seductiv...

Our top nine and a message from our Executive Director Joan Ilacqua: “2020 looked a lot different than anticipated, but ...
12/28/2020

Our top nine and a message from our Executive Director Joan Ilacqua: “2020 looked a lot different than anticipated, but with your support, we pivoted to online programs and projects, we collaborated with queer people and organizations across the country, and despite everything, we came together to celebrate and support our community.

None of this could have happened without you. You showed up, you donated, you protested, you documented your history, and you shared your stories and your hopes for the future.

The History Project had a very active and innovative year, and you helped us meet our mission to document, preserve, and share LGBTQ history. We don't know what 2021 will bring, but I say bring it on, 2021.

Thank you for your support and generosity. If you'd like to help us do it again in 2021, please donate to our year-end campaign: https://www.mygiving.net/donate/LGBTQcheer

Check out our programs (https://www.youtube.com/user/HistoryProjectBoston ) and projects (http://historyproject.org/index.php/projects)! Thank you and Happy New Year!

#thehistoryproject #queerhistory #lgbtqhistory #bostongay #topnine #bringiton2021 #bye2020

"Zachary Quinto is set to produce and star in Secret Court, a scripted podcast based on the Harvard gay purge of 1920, w...
12/22/2020
Zachary Quinto to Produce and Star in Podcast About Harvard Gay Purge of 1920 - Towleroad Gay News

"Zachary Quinto is set to produce and star in Secret Court, a scripted podcast based on the Harvard gay purge of 1920, which took place after the suicide of sophomore Cyril Wilcox."

Zachary Quinto is set to produce and star in Secret Court, a scripted podcast based on the Harvard gay purge of 1920, which took place after the suicide of sophomore Cyril Wilcox. Deadline explains: “Wilcox was part of a small group of gay male students, and his suicide led Harvard to instigate an...

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Every hard fought battle should be documented. Many lessons are learned from the wins and even the losses that lead to every step forward. My days immersed in the gay culture of Boston hold some of the most treasured memories of my life.
Consider joining this Youth Participatory Action Study where you can learn how to research, analyze, and build resume skills all at once! Contact Sam Hoyo at [email protected]. If you are not interested, pass this information along to someone who may be. =)
Does anyone know of - or have access to - primary and secondary resources related to suffragists in Boston marriages who were other than white? Thank you!
Wow. I can't believe I worked on the beginnings of this project in 1979, forty years ago this year and that I'm still working on LGBTQ history here in Philadelphia. I'm glad we're both going strong! (I'm on the far left in this photo from 1980).
Thank you for offering such a meaningful and informative tour to MIT students last night!
Anyone remember Brian Duffy? I am working on a project about the tragic fire at the Everard Baths in NYC in 1977. Brian Duffy was one of the victims and according to some newspaper sources, Duffy lived in NY in the early 70s, and then moved back to Boston in the mid 70s with his boyfriend. Brian worked as a waiter in a number of gay establishments in Boston. Would be so grateful for any information. Thanks!