Today in LGBTQ History

Role

  • Designer
  • Writer
  • Producer

Platform

Web

Year

Q4 2012

Skills Used

  • Google Spreadsheets
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Photoshop

Today in LGBTQ History is an ongoing project of The Lavender Effect that launched in September 2012 on The Lavender Effect Facebook page. The project collects and distributes daily facts about LGBTQ history and culture, reaching as far back as the High Middle Ages all the way up to the present, where LGBTQ history is being made every day.

I’ve been a Consulting Advisor for The Lavender Effect since early 2012 and I spearheaded this project (which was the first public facing project for them). I began by gathering data from a variety of academic and online sources regarding notable events in LGBTQ history. This research was then placed into a database that tracks the month, day, and year of the event. The project is only concerned with specific historical events that can be traced to a specific date (which excludes historic movements or events whose details have been lost to history, but does not exclude starting or ending dates of multi-day historical events, like the Stonewall Riots). We currently have nearly a full year’s worth of data with at least one historically significant event occurring on each day. The database is constantly expanding and there is a plan to bring in noted LGBTQ historians to review, add to, and academically cite all of the entries.

I posted the content daily through various social media channels through 2013. Today the project is mostly maintained by the non-profit’s Executive Director, Andy Sacher. Primarily the full daily content was blogged on The Lavender Effect website and linked to their Twitter feed. Additionally, each day a single historical item was highlighted on The Lavender Effect Facebook and Google+ pages.