LGBT History Month may be over but with The Quist app it’s LGBT history every day. The app is empowering people to explore and educate themselves about LGBT history and historical sites.
Quist contains resources including a list of LGBT history online resources and a calendar of LBGTQ history events. Quist launched mid-2013, has been downloaded to more than 27,000 devices in 112 countries. It is available on the majority of tablets and smartphones worldwide. On an average day, 300 unique users will visit the app, 9 percent of them for the first time.
“Most users engage with us by checking the app every day or a few times a week to see the historical tidbits,” says Sarah Prager, Founder and Executive Director of Quist.
While the app is filled with many important facts and figures, they are far from a complete, definitive accounting of LGBT history. “There are a few reasons for that,” explains Prager. “One is that we feature history of national and international significance, so some local information doesn't make it in. The date of the first pride parade for every town in the world isn't listed, for example. Then we also have the restriction of being an all-volunteer organization. We can only enter as much as we have the people-power for.”
In South Florida, there are a few areas highlighted for their unique relevance in LGBT history. Among them – the Miami-Dade County Courthouse where Commissioner Ruth Shack sponsored a human rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of homosexuality in 1976 and the World AIDS Museum in Wilton Manors. A half dozen other South Florida locations are expected to be added soon.