Scattered throughout world history you will find references to LGBTQIA+ individuals, communities, or practices. Accepted in some cultures and condemned in others, the need for LGBTQIA+ people to hide from discrimination, abuse, and even death, has made this history difficult to follow; although some figures rise up can be identified through letters and historical accounts. More recently, through events like the Stonewall Riot, LGBTQIA+ individuals are fighting for civil rights and Coming Out to be recognized as valued (and valuable) members of society.
LGBTQIA+ history is still being made and, even though many challenges have been overcome, it is important to understand the struggles that have come before.
The resources on this page provide links to LGBTQIA+ history and the Gay Rights Movement, as well as information about notable individuals (past and present).
Due to the diversity of the LGBT community, a number of flags have been designed to represent the different groups.
Until recent decades, history books have not generally included LGBTQIA+ individuals in their pages. With increased awareness and public presence following events like the Stonewall Riots, LGBTQIA+ people are increasingly accepted in modern society. These sources will provide some context of LGBTQIA+ history, and give a better understanding of the challenges and struggles that these groups have overcome, or still face.
Selected timelines of LGBTQIA+ history.