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.

Mission: To document and preserve the history of Boston's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities and to share that information with LGBTQ individuals, organizations, allies, and the public.

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10/05/2020

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Reserve your FREE ticket for this Thursday's HistoryMaker Awards zoom event: 2020 HistoryMaker honoree Nancy Nangeroni i...
10/04/2020

Reserve your FREE ticket for this Thursday's HistoryMaker Awards zoom event: 2020 HistoryMaker honoree Nancy Nangeroni in conversation with Gordene O. MacKenzie! RSVP at https://2020historymaker.eventbrite.com today - tickets are free (donations accepted!). Also click through to see the rest of the incredible people and organizations The History Project is honoring each Thursday night in October.

Wow - watch Mart Crowley reminisce about his friendship with Howard Jeffrey, who was a popular choreographer and dancer ...
09/30/2020
How Mart Crowley's Best Frenemy Inspired "The Boys in the Band"

Wow - watch Mart Crowley reminisce about his friendship with Howard Jeffrey, who was a popular choreographer and dancer in Hollywood, *and* the inspiration for infamous birthday boy Harold in "The Boys in the Band."

"Howard was as he is in the play," the late playwright recalls in an exclusive new video.

"In 1995, in about 1000 square feet of space above a mattress store on Massachusetts Avenue, a center was opened to affi...
09/23/2020
GLASS Reflects

"In 1995, in about 1000 square feet of space above a mattress store on Massachusetts Avenue, a center was opened to affirm the value and support the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth of color in Boston. ... More than a decade (in some cases, two decades) after their time at GLASS, former members look back on who they were then and describe how the community center helped shape who they are today."
https://www.glassreflects.net/

In 1995, in about 1000 square feet of space above a mattress store on Massachusetts Avenue, a center was opened to affirm the value and support the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth of color in Boston.

"2020 is the Bisexual Resource Center’s 35th year, so #BiWeek is the perfect time to take a look back at what the BRC ha...
09/21/2020
BRC’s Proud Legacy of Community Building – Bisexual Resource Center

"2020 is the Bisexual Resource Center’s 35th year, so #BiWeek is the perfect time to take a look back at what the BRC has accomplished as the oldest bi-specific national organization in the U.S. Though the B has been a part of the LGBTQ acronym since the late 80s, the truth is that most organizations that claim to include bisexuals have no programs or services that target the bi+ community." https://biresource.org/brc-legacy-of-community-building/

2020 is the Bisexual Resource Center’s 35th year, so #BiWeek is the perfect time to take a look back at what the BRC has accomplished as the oldest bi-specific national organization in the U.S. Though the B has been a part of the LGBTQ acronym since the late 80s, the truth is that most organizatio...

"At a time when gay liberation was still finding its political footing, and still honing the movement’s priorities and r...
09/18/2020
Fag Rag: The ’70s paper of gay political revolution

"At a time when gay liberation was still finding its political footing, and still honing the movement’s priorities and rhetoric, Fag Rag presented queerness as a repudiation of everything wrong with America (while still acknowledging the flaws of gay liberation). ... For Shively and his cohort, queerness was as much a moral as a sexual orientation; it subverted the “natural” order on which capitalism depends, opening new possibilities for social and ideological communalism."

https://www.cjr.org/special_report/great-magazines-fag-rag.php

Fag Rag: The ’70s paper of gay political revolution ‘What all peoples in struggle need is a picture more of resistance than of how wounded we are’ By Jeremy Lybarger September 11, 2020 a Shareon Twitter b Shareon Facebook Emailthis story On the afternoon of April 25, 1964, the headline on the ...

Roxane Gay on Audre Lorde: "In all of her writing, Audre Lorde offers us language to articulate how we might heal our fr...
09/18/2020
The Legacy of Audre Lorde

Roxane Gay on Audre Lorde: "In all of her writing, Audre Lorde offers us language to articulate how we might heal our fractured sociopolitical climate. She gives us instructions for making tools with which we can dismantle the houses of our oppressors. She remakes language with which we can revel in our sensual and sexual selves. She forges a space within which we can hold ourselves and each other accountable to both our needs and the greater good." #audrelorde #roxanegay
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The intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible work of Audre Lorde is as relevant in this century as it was in her own.

"Over one fifth of Americans who identify as LGBTQ are Latinx, according to the Williams Institute. Despite this visibil...
09/17/2020
5 Queer Latinx Icons to Celebrate This Hispanic Heritage Month

"Over one fifth of Americans who identify as LGBTQ are Latinx, according to the Williams Institute. Despite this visibility, however, queer Latnix folks still experience a myriad of discrimination-based issues. As we mark National Hispanic Heritage Month this September 15 through October 15, we celebrate the inspiring voices that came before us and reflect on the necessary fight that still lies ahead." https://www.spectrumsouth.com/5-queer-latinx-icons/

As we mark National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the inspiring voices that came before us and reflect on the necessary fight that still lies ahead.

“The language of sexuality in some of the sonnets, which are definitely addressed to a male subject, leaves us in no dou...
09/01/2020
William Shakespeare Was Bisexual, New Book Confirms

“The language of sexuality in some of the sonnets, which are definitely addressed to a male subject, leaves us in no doubt that Shakespeare was bisexual,” Edmonson said, according to The Telegraph. “Some of these sonnets are addressed to a female and others to a male. To reclaim the term ‘bisexual’ seems to be quite an original thing to be doing.”

Confirming what queer people have known forever, a new book claims “definitively” that the Bard was bi.

"[H]e was a writer who explored how desire, community, and generational trauma can both uplift and warp the black gay ru...
08/31/2020
Randall Kenan, Who Wrote of Being Black and Gay in the South, Has Died at 57 - Towleroad Gay News

"[H]e was a writer who explored how desire, community, and generational trauma can both uplift and warp the black gay rural experience."

Author Randall Kenan has died at the age of 57, according to a friend and colleague at the University of North Carolina, who told the AP he was found dead at his home on Friday. Kenan released a new book of stories, If I Had Two Wings: Stories, earlier this month. Writes Lambda Literary: “Randall ...

A lovely, thoughtful short essay about the enduring relevance of LGBTQ history: "Our enemies wished us dead. They said a...
08/28/2020
ReQueered Tales: The Importance of Revisiting Our Lost Literature

A lovely, thoughtful short essay about the enduring relevance of LGBTQ history: "Our enemies wished us dead. They said and did horrible and cruel things when the gay community was at its most vulnerable during our plague - a disease that has not subsided. Should we mimic their behavior now?"

ReQueered Tales has had an amazing launch, bringing an incredible number of LGBTQ books back into print

08/25/2020

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'“It’s no longer a forbidden topic,” said Lillian Faderman, author of To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For A...
08/20/2020
The Queer Suffragists Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote

'“It’s no longer a forbidden topic,” said Lillian Faderman, author of To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America. “Why would you not want to tell history the right way?”'

New research shows that women’s right to vote, now a century old, was won by a distinctly LGBTQ+ group of activists.

Read Michael Bronski's personal and critical appreciation of fillmaker Arthur Bressan:"When Artie died in 1987 I wrote a...
07/30/2020
Remembering Artie: An Appreciation Of Pioneering Gay Filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan Jr. - Boy Culture : Covering Hot Men, Gay Issues, Celebrities, Movies, Music & More

Read Michael Bronski's personal and critical appreciation of fillmaker Arthur Bressan:
"When Artie died in 1987 I wrote a long retrospective — probably the first — of his work, life and influence for Gay Community News. Yet, in the mist of history, as fondly as I remember Artie personally, and admire his work, what remains with me (as a critic, not his friend) is the enormous, groundbreaking impact that his work had on queer culture. "

A highly personal remembrance of a man who set the stage for modern queer film.

70s Gay pulp paperback covers...
07/23/2020
Dig these awesome ‘gay pulp’ paperback covers from the 1970s

70s Gay pulp paperback covers...

  I stumbled upon these fantastic covers of “gay pulp” paperbacks from the 1970s the other day and immediately became entranced with them. I saw a few of them at the blog Knee-Deep in the Flooded Victory and immediately knew I had to find out more. It turns out that these covers date from 1974 ...

07/23/2020
Female Impersonators of Provincetown. Not what you might expect!

Via Stephen Desroches: "An amazing clip from the 1980s Boston talk show "Good Day!" featuring Diana Hutton, Sahdji and Bobbie Callicoatte talking about their careers and shows in Provincetown. All three were huge headliners of the day in Provincetown."

Three entertainers from Provincetown share their beauty secrets and their lives when they are not entertaining.... and more.

07/21/2020
Whatever Became Of … Richard Lamparski?

Matthew Rettenmund's highly entertaining interview with a man whose writings, he says, "work as introductions (if you've never heard of Virginia Field or Randolph Scott), reminiscences (if you have) and also, I would argue, as a treatise on the gay man as pop cultural voyeur."

» Whatever Became Of … Richard Lamparski? |

07/15/2020

In archives news...

"Huge HAIRSPRAY Hugs to Leitner Winstead for preserving this custom Divine dress form used by Leitner as seamstress for Divine (as Edna Turnblad) in the original Hairspray (1988). It is now a cherished part of the official Divine Archive."

What’s the Queerest House in your Neighborhood? This Thursday, July 9th at 7PM ET, join The History Project and Hilary I...
07/07/2020

What’s the Queerest House in your Neighborhood? This Thursday, July 9th at 7PM ET, join The History Project and Hilary Iris Lowe of Temple University and Nicole Mello of the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic site for a presentation on house museums and a case study of the interpretation of LGBTQ+ history over the last 200 years.

Lowe and Mello will discuss the histories that can be found in the archives at the poet’s house, now a historic site managed by the National Park Service. The talk will span generations, from minister Samuel Longfellow and preservationist Alice Longfellow to the home’s first socialist and queer curator, Harry Dana (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana).

RSVP at www.queeresthouse.eventbrite.com

This event is free and open to the public, any donations made will support The History Project's mission to document, preserve, and share LGBTQ history. Thank you for your support!

Images provided by our speakers. First image is Harry Dana "au naturel." Second is Alice Longfellow and Fanny Stone. Third is Harry Dana with papers for the Archive. Fourth is Alice Longfellow at the Wayside.
#lgbt #lgbtq🌈 #lgbthistory #lgbtqhistory #lgbtqcambridge #gaysofinstagram #gaysofboston

'From “Frog and Toad” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” many of the most enduring 20th-century titles share a secret langu...
07/06/2020
The Gay History of America’s Classic Children’s Books

'From “Frog and Toad” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” many of the most enduring 20th-century titles share a secret language of queer compassion.'

From “Frog and Toad” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” many of the most enduring 20th-century titles share a secret language of queer compassion.

A message from our Executive Director on the last day of Pride Month:"Today, I spoke with a largely straight audience ab...
06/30/2020
How Can I Help? | The History Project

A message from our Executive Director on the last day of Pride Month:
"Today, I spoke with a largely straight audience about the history of Pride celebrations. The first question an audience member asked was, "How can I help?" ...

Today, I am writing to ask for your help [to] make a donation (or set up a recurring donation) to support The History Project, Boston's LGBTQ community archives."

http://historyproject.org/news/2020-06/how-can-i-help

Today, I spoke with a largely straight audience about the history of Pride celebrations. The first question an audience member asked was, "How can I help?"

So please to receive this recognition from Sasaki Associates – much appreciated!
06/30/2020

So please to receive this recognition from Sasaki Associates – much appreciated!

To close out Pride month, we invite you to join us in learning more about and supporting the work local and national organizations are doing to further equity for the LGBTQ+ community.

In the past, Sasaki has taken Pride as an opportunity to celebrate and educate ourselves as a firm and a broader design community. This year, we continue in that effort, but also want to highlight just a few of the thousands of incredible organizations working for justice for the LGTBQ+ community.

Nationally

🔸 Build Out Alliance: http://www.buildoutalliance.org/

In Greater Boston:

🔹 Arts Connect International

🔹 BAGLY

🔹 The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston

🔹 The L.O.C.S. Collective

Sasaki is headquartered in the Greater Boston area. These are only a few of the many impactful organizations in our own neighborhoods fighting for equity.

'"For the next 10 years straight, Milky Way/Bella Luna would be the home of the ‘If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It’ o...
06/30/2020
Artists Remember Bella Luna & The Milky Way, Boston's 'Cheers' For People Of Color

'"For the next 10 years straight, Milky Way/Bella Luna would be the home of the ‘If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It’ open mic. Every month we’d be able to reconvene, celebrate and heal... We continued to grow each year and our name became one of the go-to spots in the city for Black artists, calling QTPOC artists to the forefront...Thank you Milky Way for everything, every month, every event, every drink, laugh and tears. You will be missed."' - D. Ruff, Poet and Organizer of "If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It"

Many performers of color in Boston found a second home at the inclusive spaces created at the restaurant and bar. Seven artists share their memories and what this space has meant to them.

"Since Phyllis's death, the caregivers have continued her legacy and created their own club, the Granddaughters of Bilit...
06/27/2020
Caring For Lesbian Icon Phyllis Lyon, With Love And Deceit

"Since Phyllis's death, the caregivers have continued her legacy and created their own club, the Granddaughters of Bilitis."

San Francisco lost one of its most influential queer elders this year. Phyllis Lyon was a lesbian activist and trailblazer. She died in April at the age of

06/18/2020
Lowell National Historical Park

A short video from our friends at Lowell National Historical Park highlighting the Robert John Quinn Memorial Books in light of New York Times coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and "The Incalculable Loss Project."

Three weeks ago, the New York Times published this headline on the COVID-19 pandemic: "US Deaths Near 100,000, An Incalculable Loss." On the same page, Times staffers arranged details from obituaries published around the country, putting names to the numbers. In response, Adrianne Benzion and Jessica McEwan used that same format for “The Incalculable Loss Project” to highlight “names with those of unarmed African Americans who died during incidents of police brutality.”

These initiatives spurred us to look again at another public health crisis. This video uses obituaries from Robert John Quinn’s “Memorial Books” collected during the AIDS epidemic. Not every person Quinn memorialized died of HIV/AIDS, but each person had an important connection to the LGBTQ+ community. In total, Quinn preserved over 7,000 obituaries between 1983 and 2000. These represent just a fraction of the roughly 32 million people who have died of HIV and AIDS worldwide. Content shared with permission from the The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston, whose team has preserved these books for posterity.

To learn more about this project and queer history in Lowell, join Ranger Resi tonight at 8 p.m. for Pride Outside Presents: Unexpected Queer History. This free presentation is being organized by Pride Outside - message them to get a program link.

#LikeLowell #LowellNPS #FindYourPark #PrideMonth

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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!
I thought this might be of interest. If anyone is visiting the Pioneer Valley this weekend...