Add More LGBT History to HISTORY
  • Petitioning HISTORY (The History Channel)

This petition will be delivered to:

Peter Gaffney, Sr. Vice President of HISTORY
HISTORY (The History Channel)

Add More LGBT History to HISTORY

    1. Steven Brawley
    2. Petition by

      Steven Brawley

According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD's) 2011-2012 Network Responsibility Index, only 3% (12 hours) of HISTORY's (The History Channel) 379 hours of original programming included any kind of LGBT impressions.

This is the lowest percentage of all cable networks included in GLAAD's 2012 Index.

As noted by GLAAD, HISTORY has "the opportunity to bust some stereotypes and show that the LGBT community really is made up of people from all backgrounds and walks of life."

I founded the St. Louis LGBT History Project to help preserve and promote our region's important contributions to queer history. I have such deep respect and admiration for my LGBT elders. Their stories are educational, motivational  and inspirational.

Learn more at

On a national level, I'm sure you will agree that LGBT history certainly merits more than just 12 hours a year in programming from HISTORY.

As we celebrate LGBT History Month  in October (founded in St. Louis by the way), please take a moment to encourage HISTORY to include more LGBT-related programming with its wide range of adventurous reality programs and its historical documentaries.

There are countless stories of struggles and success to be told, including many being preserved by LGBT history projects across the globe. 

Our community’s history and contributions to society are part of world history. By adding more LGBT-related content, HISTORY would truly be making history.

Thank you for considering this request.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Read GLAAD's new report. HISTORY NOT LISTENING...

      Steven Brawley
      Petition Organiser
      Network Responsibility Index 2013

      The Network Responsibility Index rates LGBT content on networks during the 2012-2013 TV season that wrapped earlier this year.

    3. HISTORY Still NOT Representing LGBT Community

      Steven Brawley
      Petition Organiser

      GLAAD's 2013 Index still shows HISTORY NOT representing the LGBT Community. Keep the signatures coming....

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures
    5. 5,000 Reached

      Steven Brawley
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks to everyone who has signed our petition thus far. 5,000 and counting...

    6. Reached 5,000 signatures
    7. One More Day to Vote During LGBT History Month

      Steven Brawley
      Petition Organiser

      We are well on our way to 5K signatures. Thanks to everyone for their support. It has been a great LGBT History Month.

    8. Reached 4,000 signatures
    9. Beyond NYC's Stonewall

      Steven Brawley
      Petition Organiser

      Happy LGBT History Month.
      Yes, the Stonewall events in NYC were important, but there are countless other stories of LGBT struggle and success across the globe.
      Here's an example from the St. Louis LGBT History Project --

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. The History of LGBT History Month

      Steven Brawley
      Petition Organiser

      One of the key motivations behind the St. Louis LGBT History Project's efforts to encourage more LGBT-related programming on HISTORY is that we are very proud that LGBT History Month was actually founded in 1994 by a St. Louis area educator.

      Rodney Wilson spearheaded the creation of LGBT History Month back in 1994 when he was a teacher at Mehlville High School (a suburb of St. Louis).

      October was chosen by Wilson as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day already was established as a widely known event, on October 11, and October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBT people in 1979.

      LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

      So the Project thanks everyone for their support of our petition effort.

    12. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 7 days ago

      As someone who falls under the category of LGBT, I have missed out on learning so much more about the history of this aspect of society. History is history. History is about more than just battles and wars, more than just the death of men fighting for countries. It would be good to see more both in schools and on mainstream channels about the history of the LGBT community, so that those who are uninformed, both in and out of the community, can know, understand and learn more about it. That, in its self, is one of the most important aspects of it all.

    • Alyssa Swanson SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • about 1 month ago

      Being in the LGBT community, I'd find this a very interesting show to watch.

    • rick sage FRESH MEADOWS, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I need to know this part of history!

    • Justin Gray ALAMOGORDO, NM
      • 3 months ago

      I'm Gay, but that is not the only reason I think this would be important, I think that showing people more about the history that they do not typically see, from a group that is not normally represented would give people more to think about than just the typical programming.

    • Diana Thompson FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • 3 months ago

      I would watch the history channel more if they had this.


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