LGBTQ Heritage

"The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives." -- Armistead Maupin

As America’s storytellers, the National Park Service (NPS) is committed to telling the history of all Americans in all of its diversity and complexity. For many years, the rich histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans have been erased through punishing laws and general prejudice—appearing sporadically in police proceedings, medical reports, military hearings, and immigration records.

Yet, for many LGBTQ groups, preserving and interpreting their past has been an important part of building communities and mutual support. Because of their efforts, we can find LGBTQ histories across the United States—from private residences, hotels, bars, and government agencies to hospitals, parks, and community centers. From the mujerado of the Acoma and Laguna tribes to the drag queens of the Stonewall riots, discover their stories in our nation’s parks, homes, and historic sites. Read more »

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This World AIDS Day we collaborated with Golden Gate National Recreation Area to tell the story of artist and activist Gilbert Baker! The LGBTQ+ community has a long history of intertwining art and protest to combat discrimination and erasure. Please enjoy our program about how the Rainbow Flag and Gilbert Baker showcases this connection from San Francisco to New York City.

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