#QueerArchivesAtHome

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#QueerArchivesAtHome

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#QueerArchivesAtHome is a crowdsourced digital archives of pictures, videos, and stories; a space where we in the LGBTQ community can come together during this time of social distancing through sharing our personal history. Look through your boxes, closets, drawers, and bags. What do you have with you right now that tells a little part of the many stories of LGBTQ history?

While The History Project's collections focus on the stories of Boston and Massachusetts' LGBTQ communities, in this time of taking physical distance to protect our community, it has become clearer than ever how little geographical boundaries represent who we are. We invite all to participate in this project, regardless of location. Make your history a part of the records of LGBTQ history!

We'll share your materials on our social media pages (InstagramFacebook, and Twitter), and upload submissions to our digital repository (Documented).


As of March 12, 2020, The History Project is closed to the public in response to COVID-19 (see Our Reponse to COVID-19). During this time, we want to share your history at home. 

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Collection Items

RAMROD poster/print by Hawk, circa 1990s
Who made this?Hawk, for The Ramrod bar in BostonWhere was it made or acquired?Created circa 1990s, Boston, Massachusetts. Acquired circa 2010sStoryI purchased this poster on eBay in the early 2010s, possibly earlier. I was (and still am) interested…

"We Take Care of Each Other!" Photo from Black & Pink Boston, 13 May 2020
Who made this?Em Gamber, Black & Pink BostonWhere was it made or acquired?Photo at Jamaica Plain branch of the USPSStoryBlack & Pink is an abolitionist organization that seeks to build community and liberation of LGBTQ and HIV+ people…

Radical Faeries at Boston Pride 2005
Who made this?Photos taken by Peter MuiseWhere was it made or acquired?Boston, Massachusetts, June 2005StoryThese are some photos of the local Radical Faerie contingent at Boston Pride in 2005. I took the photos. We were marching with large umbrellas…

Maura Healey Campaign Pride Bracelet, 9 June 2018
Who made this?Maura Healey campaign membersWhere was it made or acquired?Boston Pride, 2018 StoryIn 2018, some friends and I signed up to march in the Boston Pride Parade with Maura Healey and volunteers from her campaign. We are all supporters of…

Anti-Gay Job Discrimination Documents and Testimony, circa 1972-1974
Who made this?John KyperWhere was it made or acquired?BostonStoryIn November 1972 I was refused employment as an aide at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, located on Fenwood Road near Brigham Circle, by a nursing supervisor who told me that my…

"Gay Pride Week--Towards a Community?" 2 July 1972
Who made this?Article written by John KyperWhere was it made or acquired?Published in Boston After Dark, written 27 June 1972, published 2 July 1972StoryThis is an article I wrote for Boston After Dark (later the Boston Phoenix), which was published…

"The Myth of the Common Denominator," 18 March 1978
Who made this?Article written by John KyperWhere was it made or acquired?Boston, published in Gay Community News and elsewhere, 18 March 1978StoryI wrote this analysis of the LGBT movement in early 1978, reflecting on the past year's events in Boston…

"the first time I came out in print, via a LTE" 1 April 1970
Who made this? Letter to the editor written by John KyperWhere was it made or acquired? Published in Boston After Dark, 1 April 1970 Story This is a letter-to-the editor of Boston After Dark (which later became the Boston…

GCN&#039;s first birthday at 1974 Pride<br /><br />
Who made this? The photographer is unknown.Where was it made or acquired? Boston Common, 1974 Pride parade & celebration Story Photo #1 shows GCN [Gay Community News] Office Manager Ron Arruda driving the birthday cake in the…

Jogging at Hawk Hill Community Land Trust, 28 June 2005
Who made this? Anna J. CookWhere was it made or acquired? Hawk Hill Community Land Trust (Drury, Missouri), 28 June 2005 Story My undergraduate capstone project for my Women's Studies degree was to help document a lesbian feminist group,…

&quot;Harry Hay Got Under My Wings&quot;, June 1984
Who made this? Jim JacksonWhere was it made or acquired? Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1984Story In 1984, Harry Hay was the keynote speaker at Boston Pride. This essay is an account of Jim Jackson's interaction with Harry during the march…

Boston Faerie Cabaret, Jamaica Plain, circa 1998<br /><br />
Who made this? Jim JacksonWhere was it made or acquired? Jamaica Plain, Spontaneous Celebration, circa 1998 Story The Boston Faerie Circle put together a Cabaret fundraiser shortly after the purchase of the Faerie Camp Destiny…

New England Gay Pride, Boston, 1974
Who made this? Pat DonoghueWhere was it made or acquired? Boston, Massachusetts, June 1974StoryI took photographs at New England Gay Pride (March or Parade?) Boston in 1974

LGBT Boston, 1990s
Who made this? Photos by Joel BenjaminWhere was it made or acquired? Boston, MAStory There are a number of items in this collection, including work for the Boston Phoenix, AIDS Action Committee and the Mass Department of Health.

USC Lambda History, 1970-1992
Who made this? The LGBTQ community of USCWhere was it made or acquired? University of Southern California, One Archives, Daily Trojan, El Rodeo Story Exploring USC's LGBT and Lambda Alumni history from 1970-1992. ❤️💛❤️ Celebrating 50 Golden…

Neal Kane and David Feinberg, 1991
Who made this? Photo: David Herder Where was it made or acquired? Cambridge, MAStoryI met David Feinberg in the spring of 1991. Our relationship combined two of the leitmotifs of the time: the growth of the nation’s gay literary scene,…

Bay State Marauders Sweet Sixteen Run, 2019
Where was it made or acquired? The Crown & Anchor Provincetown, Massachusetts Story In March of 2019 the Bay State Marauders celebrated their 16th Anniversary in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This was a 3 day event with 80 people in…

Bay State Marauders 1st Anniversary, 2004
Who made this? Tom Beauchamp-Arnold (member of the club) Where was it made or acquired? Boston Ramrod 1254 Boylston Street, Boston MA Story This picture is of the 1st Anniversary celebration held at the Boston Ramrod. This…

Mr. Boston Leather Family
Where was it made or acquired? Boston Ramrod, 1254 Boylston Street, Boston, MAStoryThe Mr. Boston Leather titleholders from 2003 to 2011. This picture was taken at the 2011 Mr Boston Leather Contest. From left to right: Rob Claffie 2003, Scott…

Gay Dance at Charles St Meeting House,  circa 1972
StoryAdvertising a gay dance at the Charles St Meeting House. Poster was made using a picture of me at the 1971 gay pride in Boston.

The History Project Volunteer Brunch, 2006
Where was it made or acquired? Home of Luis Aponte-Pares, Boston, MAStoryThis photo was snapped at The History Project's Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, held at board member Luis's condo in the South End. Left to right are: Volunteer Yves Agustin,…

THP Pride Shirt, 2016
Who made this? The History ProjectWhere was it made or acquired? Boston, MAStoryAs the THP Pride marching group leader, I designed this t-shirt to highlight the lavender rhino (an early symbol of Pride with strong roots in Boston). I’ve been asked…

Outlet zines, 2002
Who made this? LGBTOUT zine committeeWhere was it made or acquired? Toronto, CanadaStory These zines from LGBTOUT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered of the University of Toronto) are currently stored in my extremely full filing cabinet. I…

Magnolia Anniversary T-Shirt, 2014
Who made this? Magnolia Committee members, St. Louis, MOWhere was it made or acquired? Made in St.Louis, sent to me in 2014Story The Magnolia Committee, of which I was a member, organized the first Pride Parade in St.Louis in 1980. St.Louis was (and…

LICK BUSH 2000 political button
Who made this? I don’t know. Perhaps a political action group in San Francisco, CA. Where was it made or acquired? San Francisco, CA StoryI was visiting San Francisco for the second time in the summer of 2000 with my friends Sarah and David, and was…
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