Rainbow History Project Panel Discussions and Public Recordings


Rainbow History Project Panel Discussions and Public Recordings


Since 2001, the Rainbow History Project hosts public panels and group discussions on a wide variety of historical topics. Each of these sessions is recorded and available to researchers and members of the community.

Some events were filmed and are available through the RHP YouTube Channel. Others are in audio-only format. 

All panels have been digitized and are described in the catalog; only some of them have transcripts available. If the recording does not stream from inside the record, please contact RHP for assistance: info@rainbowhistory.org


Rainbow History Project
Various narrators per recording

Access Rights

All Rainbow History Project Public Panels are open to the public free of charge. All recordings are available to all researchers.

In general, recordings capture comments of the moderator, panelists, and audience participation.

Collection Items

Recordings of the Asians and Friends talent shows from 1995 and 1996.

Lesbian and Gay Pride Marches: Johannesburg 1990 & 1992 [film]
This recording includes two films with footage from Johannesburg, South Africa, first and third pride marches:
Lesbian and Gay Pride March, Saturday, 13 October 1990; and,
Johannesburg Rights and Pride March, Saturday, 10 October 1992.

"Rump Session" includes footage from the DC Council debate and vote on repealing the sodomy laws, December 1, 1992. The amendment to repeal failed 5-5-3, and gay rights activists were evicted from the Council chambers.

BEAT: The Performance Poetry of Chasen Gaver [film]
This compilation of performance videos and interview clips, by and about poet Chasen Gaver, is an interesting and offbeat look at the way one man gets his artistic and social messages across. Using a combination of Motown and punk rock, everyday…

DC Gay Pride 1978 [16mm short film]
A short film created for Gay Pride Day on June 11, 1978.

Talking Black Gay History: Ric Irick, publisher of "Malebox!"
In celebration of Black History Month, Rainbow History Project dug into its archives of Black gay and lesbian publications to interview Ric Irick, the creator and publisher of the magazine "Malebox!: DC’s Largest Publication for Black Gay…

Talking Trans History
As part of its "Trans History Initiative," the Rainbow History Project hosted a "Talking Trans History" panel with Earline Budd, Rayceen Pendarvis, and Gabrielle "Gibby" Thomas. Earline Budd has been a trans-identified activist since the 1970s.…

The race, which began in 1986 with a group of 25 drag queens running down the street wearing high heels, is a commemoration of LGBTQ history in D.C. News4’s Tommy McFly reports from 17th Street with a tour by RHP's Vincent Slatt. They visit JR's Bar…

"Gays, Government, and Surveillance: LGBTQ Washington, 1950s to Today"
A presentation at the Fort Meade US Army Garrison's 2022 LGBTQ Pride Month Observance: All Together--Equality, Unity, Service by RHP director of archiving, Vincent E. Slatt

This is an episode of the W-USA9 (CBS) program Mic'd Up dedicated to RHP's walking tours. It features RHP board member, Jeff Donahoe, giving a short overview of a few sites in Dupont Circle, and explaining the walk tours program and how people can…

In the ’80s and ’90s, HIV/AIDS hit LGBTQ, black, and brown communities in Washington, D.C. hard. Before drugs were available that allowed people to live with AIDS, an HIV-positive diagnosis was often a death sentence. Members of the most affected…

The first gay pride parade took place in 1970 in New York City. And this month, cities across the nation will continue the tradition. We talk about how these events have evolved with Vincent E. Slatt of the Rainbow History Project and Jade Salazar, a…

Related to Trans Pride, several activists gathered to discuss trans history, updates to the 2008 RHP timeline, and approaches to further documenting the history of trans people in DC area. Event coordinated by SaVanna Wanzer and RHP.VIEW ONLINEPart 1…

In January 2017 Brother Help Thyself awarded an estimated $70,000 to about 25 to 30 nonprofits, with the exact amounts and groups revealed at the ceremony celebrating the groups' impact within the LGBTQ communities. BHT celebrates with the…

The Community Pioneers awards recognize diverse community leaders for their roles as organizational founders, innovators, advocates and volunteers. In 2021, the Rainbow History Project honors 13 Community Pioneers for their diverse contributions to…

"Covering the Queer Capital: The Washington Blade" Panel Discussion
A discussion of the history of the Washington Blade and the evolution of news coverage for and about the LGBTQ communities in DC. Also the digitization of the Blade and its online avialability through DC Public Library's DigDC. Featuring Lou Chibbaro…

"Women Leadership, Lesbian Activists & the DC AIDS Crisis" Panel Discussion
Panelists discuss the role of women during the AIDS crisis: as leaders in the community response, care giving, government relations, and women suffering from HIV/AIDS. Featuring Valerie Papaya Mann, Colevia Carter and Patricia Nalls, moderated by…

"Cops and Queers: The History of the Police and the LGBTQ+ Community in Washington, DC" Panel Discussion
A discussion on the historic intersection between the LGBTQ+ community and the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC with Mindy Daniels, Dee Curry, and Brett Parson, moderated by Rayceen Pendarvis. Craig Howell and Earline Budd were unable…

"Lost Lesbian Spaces" Panel
The Rainbow History Project partnered with LC-GLOBE to present the lunchtime panel “Lost Lesbian Spaces” at the Library Congress. The panel addressed the swift disappearance of local lesbian spaces, such as bookstores and bars, since the 1980s. Dr.…

"Stepping Out:  A Celebration of the Interfaith History of LGBT Welcoming and Affirming in Metropolitan DC, MD, and VA" Panel Discussion
DC Center Faith coordinated an interfaith celebration of the history of D.C. area welcoming and affirming congregations. The celebration highlighted the longevity and momentum of LGBT Welcoming Movement from its beginnings to its powerful present. …

"'Gay Power to Gay People:' The Gay Liberation Front DC" Panel discussion
Based on the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement, and the anti-war movement, the Gay Liberation Front was one of many radical groups created the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Participating in protests, social organizing,…

"Prejudice and Pride" Panel discussion
Panelists focus on discrimination against African-American members of the LGBTQ community in the 1970s and 1980s, and the formation of community groups and programs that fought back against such discrimination, including the DC Coalition of Black…

"Mattachine Society of Washington: 50th Anniversary" Panel discussion
Two key members of the Mattachine Society of Washington discuss the group's history and influence, with particular emphasis on the contributions of founding member Dr. Franklin Kameny.LISTEN ONLINEPart 1 of 2Part 2 of 2

Three members of the Academy of Washington, the oldest operating drag group in the country, talk about the organization's history, influence, and traditions.LISTEN ONLINEPart 1 of 2Part 2 of 2

"Before the Ballpark: Remembering what we had in SE" Panel discussion
Memories and discussion of the bars, clubs, and businesses near South Capitol Street, L Street, and O Street SE that were razed to create Washington Nationals Ballpark.LISTEN ONLINEPart 1 of 2Part 2 of 2
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