New Video Celebrates the Legacy of the ClubHouse


In 2020, Rainbow History Project (RHP) launched a major project to collect and preserve the story of the ClubHouse, led by RHP Board Member Delan Ellington. In 2021, RHP Board Members Ashley Bamfo and Ellington have formed a committee to continue this important work. 

RHP is preserving the story of the ClubHouseAs a part of this project, RHP collected 15 audio oral histories and two videotaped oral histories from people associated with the ClubHouse and its amazing story. A generous grant from the BHT Foundation underwrote the costs of collecting the video oral histories and Irene Rojas of Small Wonder Media LLC recorded the videos and is producing several short videos that share this amazing story.
Check out our NEW ClubHouse video – “Club Trips” – HERE.
ClubHouse video – “History: Origins & Location” – HERE.
ClubHouse Trailer – HERE

So what was the ClubHouse?The ClubHouse, a DC after hours club from 1975-1990 catered mostly to a Black gay and lesbian clientele. It was known internationally for its sound system, had legendary DJ’s and helped introduce house music to DC. The ClubHouse hosted the Children’s Hour and many political events and was an important incubator for AIDS activism. It was the first home for Us Helping Us – an organization offering support to Black men living with HIV/AIDS, and hosted the first AIDS Forum for Black and Third World Gays. 
To see a RHP online exhibit about the ClubHouse, click HERE.

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