The website Rainbow History is a good source for our class blog because it not only keeps an archive of the history of the LBGT community, but the one in our metropolitan DC area.
I believe that it is important to keep in mind and study the history of our nation’s capital and the area in which our university is located in. The Rainbow History Project keeps archives of papers, research, guides & notes, tours, images and much more in each decade of the LGBT community in Washington, D.C.
By focusing the history of the LGBT community in Washington, D.C., we are able to view positive or negative changes in our nation’s capital. We are able to view the strife to achieve as well as the setbacks our LGBT community has struggled to obtain. I believe that the Rainbow History project is also important for our class blog because so much happens in our nation’s capital, (ie passing bills, marches, etc.) that as a class and as a community we are able to take advantage of being close to the epicenter of the congress in order to fight for change.
The Rainbow History Project’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in the metropolitan Washington DC.” It is important to capture the essence of all these topics in the LGBT culture in order to realize how far we have come in the community.
The Rainbow History also holds events to celebrate the history as well. It is important to celebrate for the sake of keeping the history alive. Also to promote and teach others about the history is vital to the community. The history of LGBT in the DC metropolitan area portrays the link between race and queerness very well, being that the DC metropolitan area is widely diverse and accepting of all types of queer.