What’s Going On
Quist is a free mobile app with a database of 900 LGBTQ/HIV historic events. We want to reach 1,000 for LGBT History Month (that’s October in the U.S.) and we need your help. Anyone anywhere can submit an event to be added to the Quist app using this form. On October 10, 2015, we hope to collect 100 historical events we didn’t have before to get us over the 1,000 mark. (With the 1’s and 0’s in 100, 1000, and 10/10, we couldn’t resist the binary code theme!)
You can submit an event from your home or library on your own, or you can sift through history together with others at one of the in-person events listed below.
Why Should I Bother?
Just because this is pretty much the most fun you can have on a Saturday 🙂 Really, once you get started looking into a LGBT history that personally interests you, you’ll be hooked. For example, if you’re into music, look into LGBT music history. We need more of every kind of LGBTQIA/HIV history from every country (especially non-U.S.) – Get googling!
How This Works
A video tutorial will be ready by October 10 and there will be an online forum and a hashtag for asking questions and discussing what you’re finding with others.
- Choose a source (see below) or find your own.
- Find a specific date of a historical event.
- Check the app for potential duplicate.
- Submit new event with the online form.
There will be prizes sent to the hackers who:
- Submits the most non-duplicate historical events
- Organizes the in-person hacking event that submits the most non-duplicate historical events
- Submits the most unique historical event
- Submits the historical event from the earliest year of any submission on the hack day
- Submits the most non-U.S. historical events
We have books that need to be gone through that participants can have for the day. If your group would like to hack certain books, we’ll send them to you as long as you send them back (you’d pay for shipping on the way back).
If you have a LGBTQ archives near you, spend the day there entering in your local history! LGBTQ archives are mapped inside the Quist app under “Browse by Location.” Archives are marked by blue boxes.
Finally, what most people can use from anywhere are the links below. These sites all have multiple dates that need to be entered:
Want to hold an event at your school, archives, community center, or other venue? This is a great way for the community to interact with your space. If you don’t have books people can go through, we can send you some. Email [email protected] and we’ll help you plan it.
So far we have the following public events:
Time Out Youth Center
2320-A North Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
Arizona Queer Archives
Institute for LGBT Studies
1731 E. Second St. (Main Conference Room)
Tucson, AZ 85721-0014
Open to the public. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Please bring laptop, tablet, or mobile device. (Computers will not be provided, but others may be willing to share.) This hack is hosted by the Arizona Queer Archives with local support from artists/scholars/archivists Ken McAllister (Learning Games Initiative), Adela C. Licona (Dept. of English/author of Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric), and Lizeth Zepeda (Arizona Historical Society). Questions can go to Jamie Lee at [email protected].