Sarah Welz Geselowitz


On Thursday, July 23, Rainbow History Project hosted a training session at the DC Center the LGBT Community. We trained seven new volunteers, ranging from university students to retirees, to collect oral histories. Volunteers came with various backgrounds, from anthropology to genealogy to history. One volunteer explained that she was participating […]

Seven New Volunteers Trained



Open the Trans History Timeline. We are excited to share our newly updated Trans History Timeline. Originally a pdf compiled by volunteers, the timeline is now available in an interactive format. It covers local and national developments relevant to the trans+ community, 1896-2008. What did we miss? The trans timeline […]

Trans Timeline Updated



(Jack Nichols holding picket sign at 1st protest at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, 1965. Find this photo and other historical artifacts in our online archives.) Fifty years ago, on July 4, 1965, activists first convened in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to demand equality for lesbians and gays. This first of five “Annual Reminders” […]

Item Spotlight: Jack Nichols Holding Picket Sign





Oral History Training Tuesday, July 23 | 6 pm DC Center for the LGBT Community | 2000 14th St NW #105 Are you interested in helping collect the history of D.C.’s LGBT community? Oral histories are a vital component of our collections, providing students and researchers with rich and nuanced accounts of […]

Upcoming Event: Oral History Training


(Screenshot of “What Happened to DC’s Lesbian Spaces?” [external link]) The Washingtonian (external link) recently featured Rainbow History board member Dr. Bonnie Morris in Harrison Smith’s article “What Happened to DC’s Lesbian Spaces?” (external link). In this terrific interview-style article, Dr. Morris discusses the swift disappearance of cultural spaces for lesbians […]

Board Member Bonnie Morris in the Washingtonian


(Screenshot of article “Gay Rugby Teams And Transvestite Dancing Queens At Capital Pride.” [external link].) Rainbow History board member Jeff Donahoe was quoted in Linda Pentz’s recent article, “Gay Rugby Teams And Transvestite Dancing Queens At Capital Pride” (external link). Published in the Florida newspaper Agenda (external link), the article highlights the […]

Rainbow History in the Florida Agenda