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LGBTQI+ Pride Month

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The National Archives and Records Administration engages, educates, and inspires multiple audiences to discover and explore the records of the American people. We hold extensive records created or received by the U.S. Government on issues of sexual identity and rights.

LGBTQI+ Issues in Records at the National Archives 

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The records in the National Archives document the experience of the full range of our diverse society. Within our collections you will find records that constitute a rich documentary history of the experience of LGBTQI+ individuals.

Explore LGBTQIA+ Issues in Records at the National Archives.


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The featured documents on this Tumblr blog reflect the history of American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from 1778 to the present. The blog is a project of Stonewall@NARA, the National Archives LGBTQIA+ employee affinity group.

The Stonewall Uprising

On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Uprising began following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, one of New York City's best known LGBTQI+ clubs. Forty-seven years later, the site was declared a National Monument by Presidential Proclamation. The nomination for its status as a National Monument is in the National Archives Catalog.



It Gets Better: U.S. National Archives - NARA staff share personal stories for LGBTQI+ youth with the It Gets Better Project


Keynote address at the National Conversations on #RightsAndJustice: LGBTQI+ Human and Civil Rights. See all 30 videos.

"The Wedding Heard ’Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage," a program at the National Archives, October 6, 2016.


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Bayard Rustin at the White House, April 5, 1968 (Kennedy Library (Serial #: A6015-23)

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President Barack Obama views the Gay Pride Flag with Gilbert Baker, the artist who designed the flag, June 9, 2016.

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Billie Jean King plays in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, June 27, 1967. (Records of the U.S. Information Agency, National Archives)


'It Gets Better' at the National Archives (AOTUS)

Celebrating Diversity at the National Archives (AOTUS)

Pride Month: The LGBTQ Rights Movement and the 1972 Presidential Campaign (JFK Library Archives)

Harvey Milk: Veteran (Pieces of History)

Tennessee Williams (Pieces of History)

LGBTQ+ History Month: Barbara Jordan (Pieces of History)

Allen Ginsberg (Pieces of History)

Looking Beyond the 'Battle of the Sexes' - Billie Jean King (Pieces of History)

Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag (Pieces of History)

Immigrating While Queer: Part I and Part II (Pieces of History)

Milestones on the Road to Marriage Equality (Pieces of History)

Pride in Protesting: 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising (Pieces of History)

Before Stonewall: Facing Congress with Courage (Pieces of History)

American Pride for Astronaut Sally Ride (Pieces of History)

Featured Document: Harvey Milk (Pieces of History)

My name is Harvey Milk—and I want to recruit you (Pieces of History)

National Archives Celebrates Pride Month (Pieces of History)

The FBI’s Brief Investigation on Audre Lorde (Rediscovering Black History)

Record of the Week: Bayard Rustin, Civil Rights and Gay Rights Activist (Rediscovering Black History)

Marriage in Minnesota, 1970 (Stonewall post relating to Baker v. Nelson)

Leslie Feinberg: The FBI and Gender Pronouns (Text Message)

Jimmy Carter and Harvey Milk: On the Campaign Trail and Beyond (Text Message)

Christine Jorgensen: America’s First Transgender Celebrity (Unwritten Record)

Online Resources

DocsTeach: Primary Sources related to LGBTQ+ 

DocsTeach: The Long Struggle for LGBTQ+ Civil Rights

DocsTeach: 'We Are Badly in Need of a Breath of Fresh Air': A Letter to President Kennedy About LGBTQ+ Rights

"Records in the Eisenhower Library Relating to Homosexuals in the Federal Government and Personnel Security" (2012)

Baker v. Nelson, Case # 71-1027 (Appellate case file, 1972, Records of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Gay Students Organization of the University of New Hampshire, et al. v. Thomas N. Bonner, et al. (Case file, Records of District Courts of the United States)

Aaron Fricke v. Richard B. Lynch (Case file, Records of District Courts of the United States)

United States v. Edith Windsor (Appellate case file, 2013, Records of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Obergefell v. Hodges (Audio files of argument and opinion, Records of the Supreme Court of the United States)


Archived Web Pages

President Barack Obama and the LGBT Community

Presidential Proclamation—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2011

Fact sheet: Obama Administration’s Record and the LGBT Community

Presidential Memorandum—International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons