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History of Houston ARCH

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As a consortium, Houston ARCH exists on the basis of cooperative and collaborative public meetings among interested parties.  This brief timeline documents some of the milestones such collaboration has achieved.



August 2008 – The downtown Houston Public Library hosted an LGBT History meeting as part of its monthly LGBT speaker series, bringing together a wide array of people who have been collecting Houston's LGBT history in some shape or form.


December 2008 – An informal lunch was held at Rice University, at which community members discussed the prospects for greater community coordination, and what next steps might look like.  The consensus was that not all of the stake-holders were involved in the conversation, and another meeting should be convened. 


First meeting – January 28, 2009 – An initial Public Community Interest Meeting was held at the downtown Houston Public Library.


Second meeting – March 25, 2009 – The group picked a name – Houston ARCH (Area Rainbow Collective History).

Read the minutes of the March meeting.


Listen to the May 18 radio interview on KPFT's Queer Voices (this file may take some time to download).


Third Meeting – May 20, 2009 – This wiki was established; we decided to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; preparations made for Pride Houston 2009.


Read the June 2009 OutSmart articles on Houston's LGBT History:

"Preserving Houston's LGBT History" (p. 48)

"Houston's Transgender Archive" (p. 110)

See the various websites referred to in the June 2009 OutSmart articles by Brandon Wolf.


Listen to the July 26 radio interview on KPFT's After Hours (this file may take some time to download).


Fourth Meeting – August 26, 2009 – Oral History Workshop conducted by Andrée Bourgeois.

Read the NEH grant submitted July 2009.

Read the minutes of the August meeting.


Scheduled Meeting – October 2009 – Postponed for “Out in the Silence” movie at Rice Cinema.


Fifth Meeting – March 24, 2010 – Preparations for Pride 2010; presentation of a 10 minute video about Andy Mills, based on interviews collected by Andrée Bourgeois.


Sixth Meeting - May 26, 2010 - Coming Soon



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