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LGBTQ+ History Month 2023: Home

Learning resources related to the LGBTQIA experience in Washington, DC

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The Office of Public Records is mandated by DC Law 6-19 and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, Title 1, Chapter 15, to review and approve agency records retention schedules; train records officers in implementing the policies, procedures, and guidelines of managing records; collect, store, preserve, conserve and service historical records in the custody of the Archives; collect, store and service temporary records in the custody of the Records Center; and collect, store and service publications in the custody of the Library of Government Information. 

Public Records and Archive Services is managed and administered through the Office of Public Records and Archives.

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District of Columbia Archives

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Public Records Center

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Office of Public Records, Administrator

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Contact Phone: (202) 671-1105

Contact Fax: (202) 727-6076

Contact TTY: 711

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm

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1300 Naylor Court, NW

Washington, DC 20001

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1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 419, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-6306
Fax: (202) 727-3582
TTY: 711
Alternate Number: Notary: (202) 727-3117

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Kimberly A. Bassett

Kimberly A. Bassett

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The Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia, the Office of Public Records and Archives in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Affairs for the District of Columbia present this resource guide to share educational resources related to the LGBTQIA experience in the Washington, DC region. This is an evolving site so check back periodically for updates. 
Compiled by Fallon Wofley and Lopez Matthews, Jr. 


About LGBTQ+ History Month 

"Rodney Wilson was a secondary government and history teacher in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, when in January 1994 he wrote a proposal to name that October as the first annual (then called) Lesbian and Gay History Month. Inspired by Black History Month (February in the USA) and Women’s History Month (March in the USA), Wilson sent his proposal to all LGBTQ organizations of the time and to notable historians and public figures asking for endorsements and support. In May 1994, he organized a national coordinating council, on which Johnda Boyce, Kevin Boyer, Jessea Greenman, and Kevin Jennings were key members with Wilson, along with Torey Wilson and Saralyn Chestnut. The committee created a curriculum packet with reading lists, activity suggestions, and ideas for marking the occasion. The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives in Chicago served as the first institutional home. Significant LGBTQ media coverage of the inaugural event in October 1994 helped to publicize the celebration in the community and proclamations from the governors of Oregon, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and the mayors of Boston and Chicago, helped legitimize the endeavor nationally. The first institutional homes for LGBTQ History Month USA were the Gerber/Hart LGBTQ Library and Archive (Chicago); GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network); and GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Since 2006, Philadelphia’s Equality Forum has been primary organizer of the annual event, selecting 31 LGBTQ icons each October to highlight, one for each day of the month. Today, LGBTQ+ History Month USA is widely celebrated each October in the USA – in secondary schools, on college campuses, in the LGBTQ+ community, and in LGBTQ and mainstream media stories."

-From the International Committee on LGBTQ+ History Months  

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