Events

Learn more about important topics and issues in our community’s history—and meet folks with shared interests—by attending thought-provoking and lively events offered throughout the year.

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Upcoming events

Oral History Training Part One

Monday, July 15 | 6:30 pm

Zoom

Registration appreciated

Get Trained to Help RHP Collect LGBTQIA+ Oral Histories!

Are you interested in documenting the Washington D.C metro area’s diverse LGBTQIA+ history?

Join our volunteer oral history team!

We strive to preserve and promote the history and culture of the diverse LGBTQIA+ communities in metropolitan Washington, D.C. But we can only do this when volunteers like you document their stories through interviews!

To become a volunteer and start collecting stories, join our trainings!

Part One will be fully online and cover best practices when conducting an oral history interview. This will include conducting background research, forming questions and recording histories. These practices will prepare you to support RHP’s collection efforts but they may also contribute to any other oral story-telling/history work you hope to do!

Part Two will be in-person at the MLK Library (901 G Street NW) and focus on practical procedures for recording interviews as well as summarizing and storing them in RHP’s archive.

LGBTQ History Walking Tour of East DuPont and 17th St

Monday, July 15 | 7:30 pm

Dupont Circle Fountain (center of the park) Washington, DC 20036

Registration required

RHP’s Director of Archiving has created a walking tour of the east side of DuPont neighborhood and the 17th Street corridor.Do you know about the Gay Liberation Front in the 1970s? Do you miss Cobalt or Drag Kings at Chaos? Does your Lesbian History knowledge include both WomenSound and Sophie’s Parlor? How many LGBTQ Community Centers have we actually had? Do you know which year the cops beat up the queens at the High Heel Race?Meet at DuPont Circle Fountain, bring a water bottle, and ask good questions! Free of charge, donations requested, registration required.

Digital Archives Training

Wednesday, July 17 | 6:30 pm

Online

Registration required

Interested in helping maintain Rainbow History Project’s online archives? Well then this training is for you!

LGBTQ History Walking Tour of East DuPont and 17th St

Saturday, July 20 | 10:00 am

Dupont Circle Fountain (center of the park) Washington, DC 20036

Registration required

RHP’s Director of Archiving has created a walking tour of the east side of DuPont neighborhood and the 17th Street corridor. Do you know about the Gay Liberation Front in the 1970s? Do you miss Cobalt or Drag Kings at Chaos? Does your Lesbian History knowledge include both WomenSound and Sophie’s Parlor? How many LGBTQ Community Centers have we actually had? Do you know which year the cops beat up the queens at the High Heel Race? Meet at DuPont Circle Fountain, bring a water bottle, and ask good questions! Free of charge, donations requested, registration required.

Oral History Training Part Two

Saturday, July 20 | 11:00 am

MLK Library Conference Room 401-E (901 G Street NW)

Registration required

Get Trained to Help RHP Collect LGBTQIA+ Oral Histories!

Are you interested in documenting the Washington D.C metro area’s diverse LGBTQIA+ history?

Join our volunteer oral history team!

We strive to preserve and promote the history and culture of the diverse LGBTQIA+ communities in metropolitan Washington, D.C. But we can only do this when volunteers like you document their stories through interviews!

To become a volunteer and start collecting stories, join our trainings!

Part One will be fully online and cover best practices when conducting an oral history interview. This will include conducting background research, forming questions and recording histories. These practices will prepare you to support RHP’s collection efforts but they may also contribute to any other oral story-telling/history work you hope to do!

Part Two will be in-person at the MLK Library (901 G Street NW) and focus on practical procedures for recording interviews as well as summarizing and storing them in RHP’s archive.

WorldPride 2025 Exhibit Walkthrough

Tuesday, July 23 | 6:00 pm

MLK Jr. Library

Registration required

For WorldPride 2025, Rainbow History is preparing a public exhibit: “Pickets, Protests, and Parades: The History of Gay Pride in Washington.” The exhibit centers the voices of the event organizers and includes the critics of Pride and the intersection of Pride and other movements for equal rights and liberation. This presentation will be an update on the entire project.

Doors open at 6
Program: 6:30 – 7:30

Black Broadway Walking Tour

Sunday, July 28 | 6:00 pm

2204 14th St NW

Registration required

Off the Mall Tours is partnering with the Rainbow History Project to bring you the Queer Black Broadway walking tour. The U Street Corridor was known as “Black Broadway” in its heyday of the early 20th Century. From the Prohibition Era to the Civil Rights Movement, it was also the center for social justice and fringe movements that fought to bring more opportunity for marginalized groups, including a secretive but active Queer community that was associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the Pansy Craze, underground crime worlds, and the wide world of entertainment. This 2 hour walking tour begins at 2204 14th Street and ends at Howard Theater, with an option to head to Shaw’s Tavern afterward. A portion of proceeds go to benefit the Rainbow History Project.

Registration required.

1975: Gay Pride Day

Rainbow History Project Volunteer Working Groups for August

Saturday, August 3 | 1:30 pm

MLK Jr. Memorial Library Room 401-A

Registration appreciated

On the first Saturday of each month, RHP’s volunteers gather to share LGBTQ history. We exchange status updates, work on our projects, brainstorm future plans, and invite prospective volunteers to get involved. All are welcome! Team leads will present on their projects and ways to get involved.

LGBTQ History Walking Tour of East DuPont and 17th St

Wednesday, August 28 | 7:00 pm

Dupont Circle Fountain (center of the park) Washington, DC 20036

Registration required

RHP’s Director of Archiving has created a walking tour of the east side of DuPont neighborhood and the 17th Street corridor. Do you know about the Gay Liberation Front in the 1970s? Do you miss Cobalt or Drag Kings at Chaos? Does your Lesbian History knowledge include both WomenSound and Sophie’s Parlor? How many LGBTQ Community Centers have we actually had? Do you know which year the cops beat up the queens at the High Heel Race? Meet at DuPont Circle Fountain, bring a water bottle, and ask good questions! Free of charge, donations requested, registration required.

Past events

Learn more about our public panels and programs. Many of our past public panels and programs have been recorded on video and are available for viewing on the RHP YouTube channel.

Walking tours

Get to know historic LGBTQ neighborhoods with guided or self-guided walking tours.

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.