LGBT History Month

Commemorate LGBT History Month this October by reading, listening, watching, or learning from these queer history resources. This list was created by the UMKC Libraries’ Queer Alliance.

  • Digital Transgender Archive The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.
  • One Archive Exhibitions Series of exhibits and podcasts from the largest and oldest LGBTQ archive in the United States. 
  • OutHistory tells stories about the queer past, about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. It includes bibliographies, oral histories, documents, and timelines.
  • Queer Music Heritage From January 2000 until March 2015 “Queer Music Heritage” was both a radio show and a website, and the goal of both was to preserve and share the music of LGBTQ culture. You can stream or download every show; 580 hours of programming are available.
  • Queer Zine Archive The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities.
  • We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record! The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information from the Berkley Library, University of California. The United States government provides a wealth of primary sources that can be used to document our nation’s stance on many social movements. This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.

From GLAMA at UMKC Libraries

The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) is a is a collecting initiative to document the histories of the LGBT communities in the Kansas City region. The following resources are curated from GLAMA’s collections, using primary source materials to tell the stories of our local queer history.

  • Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights Built by students in the UMKC Public History program in 2017, this online exhibit explores gay and lesbian activism before Stonewall, revealing Kansas City’s role in the early gay rights movement in the United States.
  • LGBT History in KC Timeline View photos, articles, and memorabilia from specific moments in Kansas City LGBT history.
  • The Ordinance Project is a documentary film that tells the story of the contentious struggle to pass an ordinance in Kansas City, Missouri prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations based upon sexual orientation and HIV status.
  • Videos from the AIDS Crisis This collection provides a unique window into the history of Kansas City’s LGBT communities.

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Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library