The Gay History Project is a global interactive project started in 2009 by John Clevesy in an attempt to spread awareness about LGBT historical figures and events. It also features personal stories by Clevesy and any contributors who wish to share their experiences. Users can also contribute new articles about events as they occur to keep the project constantly growing. This is the first and only iPhone app to be solely based on providing LGBT history to its users.
I recently learned that my British husband wouldn’t be allowed to apply for a green card because the US Federal Government doesn’t recognize our marriage. Although we have yet to be united, the saddest part is that we aren’t the only ones going through this. Over 30,000 same-sex couples are being kept apart, and even more are denied basic rights. It is because of this that I decided to see what has happened around the world in regards to gay rights. This app includes over 150 LGBT historical events, places, and influential people and a forum in which new stories can be added, allowing the amount of information to grow every day, so people can think more carefully in the future about equality.
As of June 2009, the Gay History Project features over 150 built-in articles about LGBT events and people from around the world. The articles span over four-thousand years of history and are ordered chronologically. They are divided into nine categories: Ancient Times, The Roman Empire, England & America (1000CE – 1800CE), Life in the 1800s, The early 1900s, Social Revolution (1960-1979CE), The eighties, The nineties, and A new millennium. Clevesy’s personal story is also featured in a separate section entitled “Forward.” Each section contains articles relating to the time-period in which the user has selected along with an article that lists additional events that occurred during that timeframe. The sections relating to periods after the 1700s also include color-coded maps which display information about laws regarding homosexuals in various territories around the world.
I don’t own an iPhone (I’m a BlackBerry kinda girl), but it looks like an interesting application for iPhone fanatics in the LGBTQ community.