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Jake Newsome, Ph.D.

Founder & Director

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Dr. Jake Newsome (he/him) is an award-winning historian, educator, and advocate whose research and resources educate global audiences. By shining a light on the LGBTQ+ past, he seeks to guide learners through a study of history to develop an ethical sense of compassion a commitment to inclusive community building.


His debut book, Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Cornell University Press) traces the transformation of the pink triangle from a Nazi concentration camp badge into a global symbol of pride.


Since earning his PhD in History in 2016, Jake continues to publish in academic journals as well as popular outlets like The Washington Post and is often invited as a guest on podcasts, such as Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. In addition to serving as an advisor on film projects, exhibits, and plays, Jake has been invited by the French, UK, and US governments to speak about the important lessons that LGBTQ+ history has for all of us today. He lives with his husband and son in San Diego.


Jake founded the Pink Triangle Legacies Project in 2024.

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