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WHO WE ARE

In the June 1978 issue of the early Houston gay publication, LXIX,
David Reneau wrote:

"Let's look at where we are now. With a little bit of caution and a small amount of prior preparedness we can spend our evenings and weekends just about any way we see fit. But what about the days? It's back to the closet from 8 till 5. We must be on constant guard as to what we say. We are forced to look at the ones we love with all of our very being and not be able to touch or love just because he or she is of the same sex……..In effect, we must, at this point continue to remain 'night people' and be ridiculed, accused of being immoral, and have our dreams and desires controlled and restricted by a ruling majority. It's up to all of us, repeat, all of us to stand up and be seen to effect a change."

The Houston Area Rainbow Collective History (Houston ARCH)
is a consortium that supports the collection and preservation of local LGBT community history and expands digital access to related historical materials.

This project is a collaboration of its members.
Botts Collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Inc.
Charles W. Botts Memorial Research Library of GLBT Studies
The Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Inc
The Transgender Foundation of America Archival Collection
Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
Rice University
University of Houston
Texas Obituary Project
Texas Southern University

In the banner's photos are individuals and representatives of Houston's archival organizations and private collections, including:

The Old Lesbian Oral History Project (OLOHP, Arden Eversmeyer)
Brandon Wolf, Historian and Journalist
HoustonLGBThistory.org (JD Doyle)

Dalton DeHart Photo Collection