The Gay Ohio History Initiative is a special initiative of the Ohio History Connection. GOHI began in 2005 when Outlook Media donated a full run of Outlook periodicals to the Ohio History Connection. This project is designed to preserve Ohio’s LGBTQ+ history by building a collection of items that tell the story of the LGBTQ+ community in Ohio.

GOHI works to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of LGBTQ+ Ohioans. It is one critical way the Ohio History Connection’s fulfills its mission to Spark Discovery of Ohio’s Stories by embracing the present, sharing the past and transforming the future.

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It is the goal of GOHI to work with LGBTQ organizations across the state to document significant history, support communities through Pride celebrations and other special events, and to partner and consult with community partners to create opportunities to share and present history within the LGBTQ community and to Ohioans across the state.

Using the historical markers program (www.remarkableohio.com), GOHI seeks to work with community partners to identify and install historic markers that represent important people, events, and places in LGBTQ history.

To improve the breadth and depth of the GOHI collection in order to make a complete narrative. To offer tailored educational opportunities to educators, museum professionals and the public utilizing the GOHI collection

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