In Plain Sight – LGBTQIA+ History Timeline

Photo Credit: George Platt Lynes’s 1951 photograph of ballet performer Jean Babilee in ‘L’Amour et son Amour.’ Gelatin silver print, 10-1/2 × 12-1/2 in. From the Collections of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. © Estate of George Platt Lynes.

In Plain Sight provides factual historic records and up-to-date information about people who have come out in different professional areas.  It features more than 800 entries with brief descriptions and zoom-in capabilities for high-res photos organized in 10 categories: AIDS/HIV, Arts, Business, Film/TV, Literature, Memorials, Milestones, Music, Sports, and Theatre/Dance.

In addition to the timeline, we have created a docent/classroom guide to engage students or audiences. You can download the guide here. If you would like archival materials for your talk or presentation, please contact us at and we will send you some duplicate copies of materials from our archive.

In Plain Sight was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council.

The Timeline can be accessed in-person at the museum or online at in desktop or mobile devices.


Additional history is available here:

LGBTQIA+ History – Business
LGBTQIA+ History – LGBTQ and AIDS Memorials and Historic Places
LGBTQIA+ History – Sports
LGBTQIA+ History – Theater and Dance
LGBTQIA+ History – Film and Television
LGBTQIA+ History – Art

LGBTQIA+ History – Literature

LGBTQIA+ History – Music

Many thanks to Charles Ross and Jackson Davidow who contributed to this project. 


Stonewall is grateful to the following funders for their support of our operations and programs.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Board of County Commissioners of Broward County, Florida, As recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by Stonewall National, Museum, Archives, & Library do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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