Places and Spaces

One of Rainbow History Project’s earliest archiving priorities was creating the Places and Spaces social geography database to document locations of importance to the D.C.-area’s diverse LGBTQ communities. These records include bars and restaurants, other commercial and social gathering spaces, sites where organizations met, cultural and faith-based sites and more.

The database lists addresses, descriptions and dates of operation. Some of the sites are still standing, but many have disappeared—making documenting them even more important. Our data on D.C. history told through space begins in the 1920s and goes through today—a full one hundred years of documentation!


You can also view the chart of all information (2013 data set with 2022 edits) or view a version at DataLensDC.

Contact us to suggest new or updated data for Places and Spaces.