Join us for our annual meeting

Join us for the 2023 Rainbow History Project annual meeting, Thursday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m., at the DC History Center. Anyone with an interest in the LGBTQ history of the D.C. area is welcome at this in-person meeting. We will report on our 2022 accomplishments and our plans for 2023 and beyond.

Who We Are

Rainbow History Project’s mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history and culture of the LGBTQ community of metropolitan Washington, D.C. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization and membership is free.

Our Archives

Our collection of nearly 2,000 items is accessible to anyone interested in LGBTQ history. The collection media includes physical, digital, video and photographs, plus oral histories and other sound files.

Our Events

Join us throughout the year for informative in-person and virtual events about important topics and issues in our community’s history. We host presentations, informal talks, walking tours and more.

News Updates

March 1, 2023

A lesbian life not to be missed

One of the leaders in the Washington-area arts and social justice communities, Jill Strachan, […]

February 3, 2023

“Here Because We’re Queer” documents an early radical group and adds to RHP’s archives

 Rainbow History Project’s mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history and culture […]

January 27, 2023

Paid opportunity: Trans History Initiative coordinator

Through a grant from the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, RHP is hiring a […]

January 23, 2023

Join the RHP board as our Treasurer (volunteer position)

Rainbow History Project is in search of a qualified candidate for the role of […]

Donate an item to our collection

Rainbow History Project continually collects materials to ensure that the history of the D.C. area’s LGBTQ community is documented and can be shared with future generations. Your materials are important and RHP is interested!