Open Up! is an IHLIA project about the history of lgbt emancipation and development, mainly in central, east and southeast Europe.
It focuses on these countries because in these regions the lgbt rights are lagging behind compared to those in many other parts of Europe. The archives and history of these brave movements contain unique documents. They can help us understand the changes in these countries and how they affect (or have affected) the lgbt movements and organizations. In addition, these documents provide us with some background on our less known heroes.
The purpose of Open Up! is to make a large number of journals and organization archives digitally accessible worldwide. These include magazines, newspapers, professional journals and texts from lectures, folders policy memos, newsletters, minutes of meeting and press releases. The entire collection comes from the cabinets of IHLIA’s own archive, which consists of journals and organization archives, or it comes directly from archives of international, European and local lgbt organizations. The project was presented at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex – Archive, Library, Museum and Special Collections (LGBTI-ALMS) Conference in Amsterdam.