OUTWORDS is the first national effort to capture the stories of LGBTQIA2S+ elders all over America. To Celebrate Our Past & Protect Our Future.

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Membership Drive

published on Oct 8, 2021
Dear OUTWORDS family,

It’s LGBTQ+ History Month! Preserving our priceless history is the very core of the work we do here at OUTWORDS. And this month, there's a new way for you to support that work...

On Monday October 11th, National Coming Out Day, we launch The Outwords Archive Membership Program!

OUTWORDS Members are a core group of committed supporters who support us on a monthly basis, ensuring year-round that this vital work will continue.

As a special Thank You, each new Member will be...

September Newsletter

published on Sep 14, 2021

Dear OUTWORDS community,
It’s been a while since we sent a newsletter, and we have lots of news to share. But I want to just start by saying thank you. If you are reading this newsletter, you are part of OUTWORDS. You have sustained us and helped us grow over the past five years. Yes, OUTWORDS is five years old! Time flies when you’re having fun and preserving the essential history of the LGBTQIA community, in the voices of those who created our community from scratch.
You have made this...

"No One Left Behind" Webinar

published on Aug 6, 2021
Hi OUTWORDS friends,

Our next online event is coming up! Join us this coming Monday, August 9, at 5pm Pacific Time (8pm Eastern) for:

Leave No One Behind:
2SLGBTQ+ Reflections on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Monday, August 9, 20215pm PT/8pm ET

Event is free and open to the public; register at: bit.ly/leavenoone

Panelists include OUTWORDS interviewees Crisosto Apache, Marcus Arana, and Sharon Day. The conversation will be moderated by drag queen and activist Landa Lakes.


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