Welcome to the Gay and Lesbian History on Stamps (GLHS) website! After a five-year lapse, the GLHS was reactivated in 2018. We hope to be a resource for those who collect LGBTQ on stamps or who are LGBTQ and collect stamps. In addition, we gather for meetings and socializing at the Great American Stamp Show during the summer, various other philatelic events around the country and virtually on the internet; we look forward to seeing you!
The objectives of Gay and Lesbian History on Stamps are to promote the interest in the collection, study and dissemination of knowledge of world-wide philatelic material that depicts:
- Notable men & women and their contributions to society for whom historical evidence exists of homosexual or bisexual orientation
- Mythology, historical events and ideas significant in the history of gay culture
- Flora and fauna scientifically proven as having prominent homosexual behavior.
Even though emphasis is placed on the above aspects of stamp collecting, GLHS strongly encourages other philatelic endeavors.
As you surf through our website, be sure and visit our Gallery featuring LGBTQ stamp issues, postmarks and covers. There's also an archive of our quarterly publication, the Gay and Lesbian History on Stamps Journal and a predecessor, the Lambda Philatelic Journal. Access to some features is limited without a membership in our society.
Want to join our Society and gain full access to all we have to offer? Select the membership link to apply.
Invitations to internet meetings will be sent by email to members several days before the event date. Members who do not receive the email or guests who want to attend may request an invitation by contacting the club at the first email address listed on the Contact Us page.
Meeting during the Greater American Stamp Show, August 25-28, 2022, in Sacramento, California, at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center. Meeting day and time to come later. For more details on the event, co-sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, American First Day Cover Society and the American Topical Association, visit the APS Website.
GLHS to meet at Great American Stamp show
GLHS will hold an in-person meeting at the Great American Stamp Show, to be held August 25-28, 2022, in Sacremento, California, at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, 1400 J Street. The show, sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, American Topical Association and American First Day Cover Society, features hundreds of exhibits, highlighted by the World Series of Philately competition, featuring the best exhibits from regional shows held around the country. A philatelic literature competition, both printed and digital, is also scheduled. The largest annual philatelic event in the United States, other attractions include a more than 75 dealer bourse, Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, seminars and philatelic society meetings, including our own. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.N. Postal Administration will both have booths at the event. Details on the time of the GLHS meeting, when available, will appear in the "Upcoming Meetings" schedule on this page. Other information on the show, including hotel accommodations, are available on the APS website.
Great Britain Releasing Eight Pride Stamps
To mark the 50th anniversary of first the first protest rally in the U.K. with the name “Gay Pride,” Great Britain’s Royal Mail is releasing the most ambitious pride issue yet: four se-tenant pairs in sheet format, of which four are illustrated here. The eight stamps, designed by lesbian artist Sofie Birkin, are due out July 1 and denominated in the first class and international standard rates. The issue is available for order from the Royal Mail Shop. To see all eight stamps, including the international rate ones, click on the stamp image.
Pride Stamp Appears From Norway
Norway’s contribution to the continuing parade of pride stamps appeared June 17. A breakthrough for the homesexual movement occurred on April 21, 1972, with the repeal of Section 213 of the Norwegian Penal Code, which prohibited sexual acts between men, and led to a more open fight for equal rights for homosexuals. The stamp is available from the Posten Web Shop.
Israel Issuing Pride Stamp
Israel’s first pride stamp is scheduled to be issued on June 28. Despite heat warnings, upwards of 170,000 people were said to have attended the 20th Annual Pride Parade held in Tel Aviv on June 10. The stamp will be available from your favorite new issue dealer or Israel Post.
Ballet Russes Founder Gets Stamps
For the sesquicentennial of his birth, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929), a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, appears on stamps from Russia and Monaco. Initially studying in Saint Petersburg to become a composer, he was told by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov he lacked talent. In the late 1890s, Diaghilev turned to organizing art exhibitions and became involved in the publication of a journal dedicated to the arts and in the Imperial theater. In 1906, Diaghilev emigrated from Russia, and wound up in Paris, France, the world’s cultural capital. There he concieved the Ballets Russes, an itinerant company that performed in Europe, and toured North and South America between 1909 and 1929. Considered the most innovative and influential company of the 20th century, Ballets Russes completely reinvigorated the art of performing dance, and introduced its audiences to tales, music, and design motifs drawn from Russian folklore. His most famous lover was dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. After Nijinksky married a woman in 1913, Nijinksy was dismissed from Ballets Russes, though he later returned occasionally. Of Diaghilev’s various lovers, only choreographer and dancer Léonide Massine, who replaced Nijinsky, provided him with “so many moments of happiness or anguish.” Aside from Russian and Monoco emissions that appeared March 31 and May 9 respectively, Diaghilev and Ballets Russes have been the topic of a number of previous stamps from those countries.
USPS honorS Edmonia Lewis
Mary Edmonia Lewis (circa 1844-1907) is the subject of the 45th stamp in the Black Heritage series. The release date was January 26, 2022. The first African-American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition, Edmonia Lewis challenged social barriers and assumptions about artists in mid-19th century America. One of her most prized works was Forever Free (1867), a sculpture depicting a Black man and woman emerging from the bonds of slavery. Another piece, The Arrow Maker (1866), draws on her Native American roots and shows a father teaching his young daughter how to make an arrow. Lewis also created busts of American presidents. Lewis was part of an American expatriate circle in Rome consisting mostly of openly lesbian women. She never married, had no known male companions, and no children.
Austria fetes Ludwig Wittgenstein
Austria post issued on January 19 a stamp honoring Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), considered to be one of the greatest philosophers of the modern era. Born in Vienna into one of Europe’s richest families, he inherited a fortune from his father in 1913, but after World War I, gave it away to his brothers and sisters. He worked mostly in academia after the war. Being of Jewish descent, he wound up in England before the onset of World War II. Wittgenstein contributed several ground-breaking ideas to philosophy, primarily in the foundations of logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of the mind. His two major works are Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations (Philosophische Untersuchungen) , the latter published posthumously. He had numerous relationships with men, many of which are documented in his writings. The stamp is available from Austria Post’s Online Shop.
Moliére’s 400th Birthday Celebrated
France and Monoco feted in January the 400th birthday of actor, troupe leader, author and director, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), known as Moliére. He exploited the whole gamut of comedic effects, making laughter a weapon to combat the mores and constraints of his time, arousing resounding controversies and lasting hostility from devout circles. Moliére's work constitutes one of the pillars of literary education in France and remains one of the references of universal literature. The stamps can be ordered from France’s La Poste and Monaco’s Office des Timbres.
Polynesia Again Honors King Pōmare II
The 200th anniversary of the death of King Pomare II of Tahiti was noted on a Frency Polynesia stamp issued December 17, 2021. Pōmare was known for converting Tahitians to Christianity, but also for keeping a retinue of homosexual servants. A stamp with his likeness was previously issued in 1976. The new stamp is available from the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia.
Josephene Baker Gets Second French Stamp Issue
Expartiate Josephine Baker (1906-1975) has received another tribute from the French post office with a stamp issued on November 30, 2021. On that date, she became the first American and black woman to be inducted into the French Pantheon, the nation's mausoleum of heroes. The bisexual Saint Louis, Missouri, native achived great success on French stage and screen, and was previously honored on a stamp issued in 1994, which is depicted in our Gallery. To order this and other stamps, visit the La Poste website.
Argentina fetes María Elena Walsh
The 10th anniversary of the passing of María Elena Walsh (1930-2011) was noted with a single issued on November 23, 2021. Walsh was a poet, novelist, musician, playwright, and composer best known for her songs and books for children. Her partner for 33 years was photographer Sara Facio. Stamps depicting illustrations from her books were issued in 2008.