In 1980, seven LGBTQ musicians got together in an apartment in Washington, D.C., to play through some books of college fight songs. The seven grew to dozens more and became D.C..’s Different Drummers, a familiar sight and sound at Pride Parades and other public gatherings in the D.C.-area LGBTQ community. Photo: Jim Marks, Rainbow History Project Collection.

As an all-volunteer organization, Rainbow History Project relies on donations from individuals like you. Thank you for thinking of us and for supporting our work. Every gift matters and every donor makes a difference.

You can make a gift online:

or mail a check to:
Rainbow History Project
P.O. Box 73176
Washington, DC 20056

Contributions of any amount provide the donor with the opportunity to attend RHP’s annual meeting and may provide invitations to special events and email updates about RHP’s preservation efforts.

If you would like to discuss how to include RHP in your estate planning, donating stock or other options, please contact us to begin a conversation.

Our nonprofit status

The Rainbow History Project (aka Rainbow History Project Foundation) is a nonprofit District of Columbia corporation. It is a charitable and educational organization, and it is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (TIN: 31-1777636). Contributions to RHP are deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

We are Guidestar Gold

Rainbow History Project has earned the Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit organizations.

Become a volunteer

Rainbow History Project is an all-volunteer organization and we encourage you to get involved. We always need volunteers to help grow our collection and develop public programs.