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LGBT Collections

  Since 2006 the Ohio Historical Society has been working jointing with the Gay Ohio History Initiativeknown as GOHI, to collect and preserve the history of Ohio’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens. The GOHI Collection includes organizational records, publications, and oral history recordings that tell the stories of individuals and the large LGBT community in their own words.
The political struggle for equal rights is represented by political posters from the Human Rights Campaign Fund. While the devastation of the AIDS epidemic is illustrated by a poster advertising a display of The NAMES Project AIDS memorial quilt. Social activities in the gay community are illustrated by memorabilia from Columbus bars and restaurants, like the Eagle in Exile and Out on Main, and the Flaggots drill team. Individual experiences of coming out and the sometimes difficult task of building lives as openly gay men and women are heard in recorded panel discussions and oral history interviews.

The highlight of the GOHI Collection at OHS are the extensive records of Stonewall Union, a Columbus based organization that engages in political and social activism on behalf of the LGBT community.

The GOHI Collection is growing and researchers are encouraged to the search the Online Collection Catalog for more materials related to the LGBT community in Ohio. A sample of the collection can seen online in the Ohio Memory digital repository.

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