CLGBTH Hardship Grants

It’s a difficult and anxious time and we at the CLGBTH are exploring different ways to best respond to the particular needs of our community. Our recent CLGBTH Hardship Grants initiative was a great step forward. We anticipate having another call for a new cycle of Hardship Grants in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for that.

Meanwhile, to help us offer more assistance to our members who may be struggling with precarious financial situations, we kindly ask that those who are able to give consider donating to our organization. The best way to make a donation to the CLGBTH is using Venmo; donations can be sent directly to our organization via that platform @CLGBTH. You may also use the donation link that can be found on the right margin of this page. 

#QueerSocialDistancing with the CLGBTH

As we all continue to follow developments with the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus, one of the biggest challenges remains isolation and a feeling of general loss. As we change our basic daily routines and purposefully move into remote and digital modes of communication, we are forced to reimagine and restructure aspects of our sociability and sense of community. To help combat that, we want to encourage you all to share your stories of what we are calling #QueerSocialDistancing with our greater community.

Have a Zoom meeting with your friends? A FaceTime chat? Something similar? Ask all visible parties involved for their permission to take a screenshot of the occasion and share it with us! Once you’ve obtained permission, send a JPG photo/screenshot to our incredible Website Editor, Kevin C. Quin at: kq44@cornell.edu. To help us archive these moments, we encourage you to caption or provide the names of all those pictured.

Consult with those featured in the image and, should you choose, be creative in your submission and add digital filters, captions, stickers, etc. Your image will be featured on our slideshow, showing how our communities learn from the past and continue to adapt to new challenges in building and sustaining community and connection. You may also post the picture on Twitter! Be sure to tag us @CLGBTH and add the hashtag #QueerSocialDistancing when you share. We will retweet and share with others in that platform as well.

In solidarity,
Julio Capó, Jr and Emily K. Hobson
CLGBTH Co-chairs


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).