153 and Counting … Looking Back on 2018

December 20, 2018

We just published our 153rd LGBT historic site!

We’re immensely proud of this work, to document NYC’s sites of significance to the LGBT movement, and equally grateful to those whose support has made the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project possible. Together, we’ve put LGBT history on the map.

Celebrate with us by donating $153 to the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project (or any amount — truly, every dollar counts!).


Just how far have we come since the Project launched in 2015?

153 published sites and multiple successful State and National Register listing nominations later, it’s evident: New York City and State are home to a rich LGBT history that merits acknowledgement, documentation and, in some cases, designation. Also in 2018 …

  • Walking tours (12!), lectures and presentations (7!) and events (5!)
  • Release of our “Historic Context Statement for LGBT History in New York City,” published in partnership with the New York State Historic Preservation Office, as a framework for researching and evaluating sites of potential LGBT significance in New York City (more)

All of this work is undertaken by our team of just one full-time staff person and three all-volunteer co-directors. This year has been non-stop; we have no plans to slow down in 2019.

Please donate to the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to ensure that the invisible history of LGBT New Yorkers and Americans is documented, honored and passed on to new generations.


In the spirit of this holiday season, donations of $250 and above will receive, as our thank-you, a limited-edition photo of the historic Mattachine Society “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar, signed by two participants: Dick Leitsch (1935-2018) and Randy Wicker.

Taken by Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah on April 21, 1966, the image was printed in 2018 from the original negative and stamped with the official authorization from the McDarrah estate.


Ken, Jay, Andrew and Amanda
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project Team

P.S. Curious to know more about that 153rd site? Here you go!


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