June is Pride Month!
What is GOHI?
The Gay Ohio History Initiative, which began in 2006, is a collaborative effort between the Ohio History Connection and Outlook Media. With generous support from the Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation this project is designed to preserve Ohio’s GLBT history by building up our collection with artifacts that tell the story of the GLBT community in Ohio and to educate K-12 teachers on the roles of GLBT people in history.
Why is this collection important?
GOHI works to preserve, archive, and curate the history and culture of the GLBT citizens of Ohio, to tell the truth about our lives, to create opportunities for understanding of both the past and what is hoped for in the future, and to share GLBT culture and history with all Ohioans.
What projects has GOHI established?
GOHI is a multi-part project designed to educate Ohioans and raise awareness about GLBT citizens and our place in the fabric of our state. Some of these projects GOHI has established include:
GOHI has been working to establish an archive of GLBT- related collections is continuously adding items. You can use the GOHI Collection in the Archives at the Ohio History Connection. A selection of documents and artifacts from the collection are available online in the Ohio Memory digital library.
We are seeking public input to identify the people, places, events and organizations important to the history of Ohio’s GLBT community so that our history across Ohio can be commemorated with permanent historical markers. Visit Remarkable Ohio, an online database of Ohio’s historical markers, to view the marker celebrating Natalie Clifford Barney in Dayton.
Two sets of banners have been created to celebrate GLBT Ohioans and gay rights activism within the state and to educate both GLBT and straight Ohioans. These traveling banners can be seen at various festivals and events that GOHI attends. Pride of Ohio is a set of three banners that showcase eighteen GLBT Ohioans. These
banners illustrate the contributions, achievements, and accomplishments made by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Ohioans. A Brief History traces the emergence and evolution of GLBT pride parades in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo. These banners provide a timeline as well as information about attendance and speakers. The banners also illustrate how these parades impacted and were impacted by local and national events.
Interested in donating to GOHI?
Contact the Ohio History Connection at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-297-2535.