Congratulations to our most recent prize winners! For full details, see our Prizes page.

Call For Proposals: We are now soliciting submissions for next year’s meeting of the American Historical Association in Seattle, January 7-10, 2021. 

The AHA seeks submissions on all “the histories of all places, periods, people, and topics; on the uses of diverse sources and methods, including digital history; and on theory and the uses of history itself in a wide variety of venues.” Reflecting this, the CLGBTH welcomes sessions focused on any aspect of LGBTQ history. We especially encourage sessions addressing areas outside of the United States; periods before the twentieth century; histories of LGBTQ people of color; trans history; teaching LGBTQ history; and the place of LGBTQ history in public life. In addition to panels, we welcome poster sessions to be considered for CLGBTH sponsorship.

The AHA proposal deadline is February 15 (midnight PST). To seek CLGBTH sponsorship for #AHA21, please submit your complete panel or poster session to us by February 1, 2020 (midnight PST). This deadline allows us time to review and approve proposals for CLGBTH sponsorship in the main program, and to offer advice that might strengthen submissions. If a proposal is not accepted by the AHA, we can consider including it in our affiliated program, which is submitted after we know the results of the AHA program committee’s deliberations. Note that all people accepted into CLGBTH sessions are required to be or become current paid members of the CLGBTH.

We strongly encourage those organizing panels to be attentive to diversity in the composition of your group, including by gender and gender expression, race and ethnicity, and professional status (e.g., tenured and tenure-track faculty, adjunct or independent, and graduate students). We also encourage you to review the AHA guidelines for submitting a proposal. To assure substantial time for interaction between speakers and audience, AHA panels are typically limited to a maximum of four participants in addition to a chair.

The AHA Program Committee does not accept single paper proposals; neither do we. We encourage those without full panels to reach out to us, however, or to the CLGBTH listserv, for suggestions for forming a panel or to seek fellow participants. Anyone can post to the listserv by emailing clgbth-list@clgbthistory.org

In order to submit a PANEL proposal, please provide the following to us by the end of the day February 1, 2020 (midnight PST):

  • Session title (of no more than 20 words)
  • Session abstract (up to 500 words)
  • Paper or presentation titles (if any)
  • Abstract or description for each presentation (up to 300 words). Descriptions should be included for both roundtables and formal sessions.
  • For each participant:
    • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)
    • Correct e-mail address
    • Affiliation, including city, state, and country
    • Professional Twitter handle (optional); Website (optional)
  • Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
  • Audiovisual needs, if any

In order to submit a POSTER proposal, please provide the following:

  • Poster title
  • Abstract of poster (up to 500 words)
  • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)

Note that the AHA will also require short session abstracts (up to 50 words), and short presentation/poster abstracts (up to 50 words) for the meeting app. We do not require this to consider your submission for CLGBTH sponsorship, however, you should be prepared to create these short abstracts for your final AHA submission.

Please send all proposals and communications to both CLGBTH Co-Chairs Julio Capó, Jr. (jcapo@fiu.edu) and Emily Hobson (ehobson@unr.edu). Given that timing is of the essence, we ask that all those submitting proposals please attend promptly to emails we or the AHA may send regarding your submission.


Welcome to the homepage of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association. The Committee on Lesbian and Gay History was founded in 1979 to promote the study of homosexuality in the past and present by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of cultures. The name of the committee was changed to Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in January 2009. Since 1982, the Committee has been officially recognized as an affiliate of the American Historical Association and meets annually in conjunction with the AHA conference, where we sponsor sessions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. One need not be a member of the AHA to join the Committee.

Join the CLGBTH! If you are a scholar of LGBT/queer history, we need your support. Become part of our community and join our collective endeavor to enrich the historical profession with LGBT perspectives, voices and histories. Together we can ensure that LGBT and queer histories remain powerfully and visibly present in our field, in our educational institutions, and in our society at large.

Membership is available on an annual or lifetime basis.  Members receive our twice-yearly newsletters, which include book reviews, conference updates, a co-chairs’ column, and other information about the vibrant field of LGBT history. Membership also grants access to our email list-serv. Membership dues support our status as an affiliate organization of the American Historical Association, whose annual meetings host our own slate of over a dozen queer-themed sessions, medicines. Your support also enables us to offer cash prizes for outstanding books and articles in the field. Finally, if you are committed to our mission, and want to get involved as a member of our governing board, we would love to hear from you. And if you are a former member whose membership has lapsed, we invite you to update now.

Your membership ensures that queer history remains a vibrant part of the broader historical community. Join the CLGBTH NOW!

The CLGBTH supports and similarly adopts the American Historical Association’s Sexual Harassment Policy (2018).