Wikipedia:Wiki Loves Pride/2016/DC

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National Archives LGBTQ Editathon

Join us for the edit-a-thon!

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, the National Archives and Records Administration organized a workshop and edit-a-thon focused on improving Wikipedia entries related to LGBT history with a focus on subjects related to National Archives records. Activities included new editor orientation and training and a presentation from National Archives staff. Coffee and lunch were generously provided courtesy of Wikimedia D.C.. The event was co-sponsored by the National Archives, Wikimedia DC and the National Archives Foundation. This event was part of the the Amending America initiative at the National Archives in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

Note: This event occurred June 16, 2016 but we are keeping the editing alive through July 30, 2016. Please continue to edit articles on the to do list!

Andrew Lih, associate professor of journalism at American University speaks to a group of editors during the LGBTQ Wikipedia Editathon hosted at National Archives in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2016.

To-do list

To create

To expand / improve


General sources

  • Discovering LGBTQ History - National Archives Tumblr
  • The Lavender Scare by David Johnson (copy will be at the edit-a-thon)
  • Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities, by John D'Emilio (copy will be at the edit-a-thon)
  • The Straight State, by Margot Canaday (copy will be at the edit-a-thon)
  • Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, by Jo Becker
  • Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, by Theodore Olson and David Boies
  • Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, by Kenji Yoshino
  • Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits and Won, by Marc Solomon
  • National Archives Records that might be helpful:
  • Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Wiki Loves Pride 2015 old to do list

Help after the event


Please add in any new results to this list

Thursday, June 16, 2016
10:00am - 5:00pm
No advanced technical skills required!
All members of the public and NARA staff, whether Wikipedians or not, are welcome to join.
What to bring
Photo ID
Laptop (limited number can be loaned if needed)

To access NARA's Innovation Hub, please use the National Archives Building's entrance at Pennsylvania Avenue. This is the research/staff entrance, not the main exhibits/events door.

Innovation Hub
National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20408

Shared Etherpad

RSVP Preferred
Sign up directly below or at This event is free of charge with security and catering; an advance headcount is desired.


Michael Hussey, archivist, speaks to a group of editors during the LGBTQ Wikipedia Editathon hosted at National Archives in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2016.
  • To encourage inexperienced editors (especially members of LGBTQ community) and show them how they can contribute to Wikipedia
  • To improve a selection of Wikipedia articles related to LGBTQ topics
  • To increase awareness of NARA records and research resources
  • To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights


LGBTQ Editathon Agenda
Time Activity Location
10:00 Meet and refreshments Innovation Hub (see above for directions)

Photo ID required for security entry

10:30-11:30 Welcome and editing tutorial; Greetings by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; Jim Gardner, Executive for Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services; Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer Innovation Hub
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:30 NARA staff presentation: LGBT records in the Archives Innovation Hub
12:30-1:30 Lunch generously provided by Wikimedia D.C.
1:30-5:00 Editathon Innovation Hub

Questions? Add your own

  • What should I bring?
  • Laptop & photo ID. The Archives has a limited number of loaner laptops you may utilize during the edit-a-thon, and they are first-come, first-served.
  • May I take photographs?
  • You're welcome to bring your own camera or non-feeder scanner.
  • Do I need a research card?
  • You will not be required to obtain a research card to attend the event, but researcher registration is right outside the room, and this is a great opportunity to get one!



  1. Kirill Lokshin (talk) 01:57, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
  2. user:arcituno
  3. Kellyjeanne9 (talk) 13:16, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
  4. Sadads (talk) 14:26, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
  5. SuperHamster (talk) 14:36, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
  6. Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 16:28, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
  7. ...

NARA staff

  1. user:DinaHerbert
  2. Michael Hussey
  3. nosrednaharas (talk)
  4. Erin Williams
  5. user:danamuses (Dana Allen)
  6. user:kaybdc (Kathleen Brown)
  7. user:Jennifereltringham
  8. ...

Participating remotely

  1.  --Kippelboy (talk) 10:21, 3 June 2016 (UTC) (translations to Catalan language and probably Spanish too)
  2. --User:Smokey the Climate Science Bear
  3. --User:Jennifereltringham
  4. ...--Another Believer (Talk) 20:32, 16 June 2016 (UTC) (hopefully!)
Can't make it to the event? You can participate online! Here's how it works:

ALSO - we will be having a google hangout of the event and will be broadcasting the speakers and how to edit Wikipedia discussions. Join here!