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Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting an active knowledge
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in metropolitan Washington DC.

"Gay Power to Gay People": The Gay Liberation Front-DC

Exhibit on view @Historical Society of Washington through the end of June, 2014

Entrance to Exhibit Viewing Exhibit

An exhibit featuring items from the Gay Liberation Front-DC remains on view at the Kiplinger Library of the Historical Society of Washington through the end of June. The exhibit was created in conjunction with a June 6 panel discussion at the Historical Society of Washington which featured 4 original members of the GLF: Brian Miller, Kent Jarratt, Michael Yarr, and Nancy Tucker. The GLF-DC was part of the ferment that followed the Stonewall riots in 1969. The panel and exhibit were sponsored by Rainbow History Project and its archival partner, the Historical Society of Washington, in celebration of DC Pride. The exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday, 10AM - 4PM.

The Kiplinger Library is in the former Carnegie Library, 801 K St NW Washington, DC (Mount Vernon Square between K and New York Avenue NW and between 7th and 9th sts. NW).

See also these articles in the Washington Blade and Metro Weekly.

Photos from "Gay Power to Gay People" June 7, 2014

The board of the Rainbow History Project would like to thank everyone who attended the panel on the history of the Gay Liberation Front-DC at the Historical Society of Washington on June 7. The room was full and the panelists brought to life that period of rapid change within the LGBT community.

GLF Panel audience

If you have items that document our community's history or would like to contribute an oral history describing your experience in the growth of DC's vibrant LGBT community, please contact us at info@rainbowhistory.org

All photos courtesy the Historical Society of Washington.

Rainbow History at Pride Festival

The Rainbow History Project was pleased to have been able to participate in the 2014 Pride Festival. We shared a booth with our archival partner, The Historical Society of Washington, which graciously hosted us. It was a wonderful opportunity to get the word out to many individuals and to make contacts that will help us in our mission of preserving our community's memory.

PrideFestBooth InsideBooth

Above right, Rainbow History Project board member Bonnie Morris (seated) and Historical Society of Washington staff member Adam Lewis (facing camera) welcome visitors to the Pride Festival booth. Abover right, memorabilia on display in the Pride Festival booth. Photos by Richard Haight.

Community Pioneer Robert Alfandre Dies at Age 87

Philanthropist and developer Robert Alfandre died June 12, 2014 at his home in Washington, DC after a long struggle with cancer. Alfandre played a major role in helping the Whitman-Walker Clinic meet the challenges of the AIDS in the 1980s through his generosity and tireless efforts to help the Clinic raise the funds necessary to provide the services needed for combating the disease, among other things funding the Carroll Sledz house, a residence for those terminally ill with the disease. The pharmacy at Whitman Walker Clinic is named in his honor. He is survived by his wife Patricia, two daughters, four grandchildren, his brother and his companion Sidney Martin. His partner Carroll Sledz died of AIDS in the 1980s. To read more about Alfandre click here. Also the Washington Blade has published an obituary of Alfandre.


Rainbow History Project Receives Brother Help Thyself Grants

The board of the Rainbow History Project is pleased to announce that RHP has received $1800 in grants from Brother Help Thyself, the Baltimore-Washington lgbt charitable organization. The grants were presented at an event held January 25th, 2014 at Ziegfields in Southwest Washington. The RHP received a $400 grant from BHT's Medford fund to purchase a camera to support and document our ongoing collection of oral histories and events. We received $1400 from the BHT General Fund to support the next Community Pioneers exhibit and reception. For more about Brother Help Thyself, click Brother Help Thyself.

Rainbow History Project Thanks Best of Washington for Its Gift

Best of Washington has given the Rainbow History Project a $200 donation to support our ongoing efforts. Best of Washington is a long-standing African-American lgbt social club.

Community Pioneer Barrett Brick Dies at Age 59

Long time DC activist Barrett Brick lost his battle with cancer and died September 22, 2013 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Bethesda Maryland. Barrett Brick played a significant role in the creation and development not only of the DC lgbt community but the national and international lgbt communities. The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has a biography of Barrett Brick on their website. In 2007 Rainbow History recognized Barrett Brick as a Community Pioneer. The board of the Rainbow History Project joins with Barrett's many friends in mourning his loss and send our condolences to his husband Antonio Ruffini.


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