While social distancing, #LGBTQ+ people may face challenges that cisgender and heterosexual people don’t, whether that’s being isolated from the rest of the community or stuck with unsupportive family members. But while staying inside, there are plenty of opportunities to explore queer history and culture from the comfort of your home. Here are some of the museums and archives that have virtual collections available:
26 Wooster St., New York, NY 10013
You can search this art museum’s online database by keyword, sort by medium and artist or click “random image” to learn about a randomly generated piece from the collection.
4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
In addition to the institution’s selected online archives, Google Arts and Culture has helped make two current exhibits available online: “Pioneering Periodicals,” a history of queer publications and “Picturing Kinship,” the paintings and photography of Lenore Chinn.
34 Isabella St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1
Canada’s LGBTQ2+ archives has a substantial digital presence, with documentary footage, digitized documents and photographs. The material is also organized into special digital exhibits, including Genderqueer in Canada and Queer Liberation Theory.
Virtually Queer is the online presence of Queer Britain, the national queer museum of the United Kingdom. The current video series, Our Naked Skin, focuses on queer women in activism.
10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20540
The Library of Congress has assembled this list of libraries, archives, databases, publications and historical societies for research purposes, but it’s fun to just explore too!
This online resource focuses on queer history in Washington D.C., with thorough online archives, oral histories and public panels. The museum is also working to develop online exhibits– their first, about the Gay Liberation Front, recently went up.
Wearing Gay History is a unique project that aims to chronicle the history of queer-themed T-shirts. In addition to exploring the archive, viewers can check out virtual exhibits or browse by location.
484 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
This archive focuses specifically on the history of lesbians. You can take a virtual tour or look through the audio, video and photography archives, as well as explore over 60 years of newsletters.
This collection specializes in the intersection between queer and religious communities. You can check out online exhibitions, look through a virtual bookshelf or learn more through their curated list of resources.
Fifteen years of the radio show “Queer Music Heritage” are preserved on this website, along with playlists and additional pages of information on specific genres, artists and time periods.
The Queer Zine Archive Project aims to preserve zines, which are independent, small-circulation publications of art and writing, from throughout history. They also distribute new zines– a project that is still happening, even through quarantine!