OUTWORDS is the first national effort to capture the stories of LGBTQ+ pioneers and elders all over America. To Celebrate Our Past & Protect Our Future.

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LGBTQ+ Educators Webinar

published on May 20, 2021

Hi OUTWORDS friends,
Our next online event is coming up! Join us next week on Wednesday, May 26, at 5pm Pacific Time (8pm Eastern) for:

School's Out: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Educators

Event is free and open to the public; join us at: bit.ly/schoolsoutpanel

Four LGBTQ+ teachers and administrators come together for a conversation on representation and resilience at school — an arena of incredible importance to queer youth. What might educators learn from their students? What challenges do they face...

Intersección Webinar

published on May 11, 2021

Hi OUTWORDS friends,

Just a quick reminder that this event is tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 12, at 5pm Pacific Time (8pm Eastern):
Intersección: The Latinx LGBTQ Artist Experience in Los Angeles

Event is free & open to the public; register on Zoom at: bit.ly/outwordsart

Intersección is a virtual panel with LA-based artists, sharing on the intersectionality of their personal experiences being Latinx and LGBTQ in the Los Angeles art scene for the last 40 years.

Presented by The Outwords Archive...

May Newsletter

published on May 7, 2021

Dear OUTWORDS community,

After the past year-plus, do we dare to hope? More folks are vaccinated, and the weather is warming up. As we tenderly emerge from the darkness of the past year, we are also aware that there is no “going back” to the way things were. If this is a difficult reality to accept, it also offers promise; undeniable issues rose to the surface during the pandemic that require our attention. Moving forward, may we continue to interrogate our individual and...

LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World

By Mason Funk

Meet the leaders and activists on the front lines of the LGBTQ movement, from the 1960's to the present, through stunning interviews and compelling black and white photographs compiled and presented by OUTWORDS. The 75 individuals featured in THE BOOK OF PRIDE - including marriage pioneer Evan Wolfson, trans icon Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Stonewall-era rabblerouser Mark Segal and legendary Anti-DADT activist Grethe Cammermeyer - fought...

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The Book of Pride