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. 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 Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History calls for nominations for its 2017 John Boswell and Joan Nestle Prizes.

The John Boswell Prize is awarded to an outstanding book on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history published in English in 2015 or 2016. Learn more here.

The Joan Nestle Undergraduate Prize is awarded to an outstanding paper on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history completed in English by an undergraduate student in 2015 or 2016. Learn more here.

Students, faculty, authors, readers, editors, or publishers can nominate. Self-nominations are encouraged. For John Boswell Prize-nominated books, authors/editors should work with publishers to mail one copy to each member of the Prize Committee. If books are due to be published in the final months of 2016, PDFs of page proofs may be submitted via email in lieu of books. Please email PDFs of Joan Nestle Undergraduate Prize submissions to each committee member with the nominee’s name in the subject line. Questions can be addressed to prize committee chair, Phil Tiemeyer.

2017 Prize Committee:

*Phil Tiemeyer (Kansas State University). Department of History, 208 Eisenhower Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. E-mail: philtiemeyer@gmail.com.

*Carson Emily Morris (University of New Mexico). Feminist Research Institute, MSC 03 2160, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. E-mail: carsonmorris@gmail.com.

*Afsaneh Najmabadi (Harvard University). 49 Irving Street, Apt. 3, Cambridge MA 02138. E-mail: najmabad@fas.harvard.edu.

Mailed submissions must be postmarked by 1 October 2016; emailed submissions must be postmarked by 11:59pm (Pacific time), 1 October 2016.

Winners will be announced at the Committee on LGBT History’s annual reception at the 2017 American Historical Association Conference in Denver.