Making an invisible history visible

The first initiative to document historic and cultural sites associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the five boroughs. Sites illustrate the richness of the city’s LGBT history and the community’s influence on America. Explore the map below, view our curated themes or browse an index of all of our sites.

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Our project is a work in progress. We are continuously documenting and adding sites that reflect the ethnic and geographic diversity of the LGBT community and date from the city’s founding in the 17th century to the year 2000.

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Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
Cultural & Educational Institutions
Medical Facilities
Organization & Community Spaces
Performance Venues
Public Spaces
Residences
Stores & Businesses

Curated Themes & Tours

Don’t know where to start? We’ve grouped a small number of historic sites by theme to guide you through NYC’s LGBT history. These tours will rotate throughout the year.

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Experience a self-guided tour on your phone!

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Made possible by:

American Express
conEdison
Humanities New York

The Latest Events & News

Learn more about the project by attending one of our upcoming events. You can also stay updated on special announcements, media coverage, and when new sites are added to the map in our news section.

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Press Coverage

James Baldwin’s Home Is Now a Nationally Registered Historic Place

September 16, 2019

Queer author and civil rights activist James Baldwin, known for his groundbreaking contributions to black and queer literature in mid-20th-century America, lived in the same Manhattan residence at 137 W. 71st St. from 1965 until his death in 1987. Now, with the support of the...

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James Baldwin’s former Upper West Side home receives national landmark status

September 16, 2019

In June, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six sites significant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, including the former home of James Baldwin on the Upper West Side.

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James Baldwin Just Got a Huge Shout-Out From the U.S. Government

September 16, 2019

Queer author and civil rights activist James Baldwin, known for his groundbreaking contributions to black and queer literature in mid-20th-century America, lived in the same Manhattan residence at 137 W. 71st St. from 1965 until his death in 1987. Now, with the support of the...

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We are grateful for support from the National Park Service Underrepresented Communities Grants administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and the philanthropic commitments from our foundation, corporate, and community partners.

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You can now experience a self-guided tour of some of NYC’s most historic LGBT sites on your phone!

Download our Vamonde app and search LGBT.

Made possible by:

American Express
conEdison
Humanities New York