Sarah Prager is an advocate for queer history education particularly for youth. HarperCollins published her first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World, on May 23, 2017. The book has received three starred reviews, is an official selection of the Junior Library Guild, and a nominee for a New England Book Award.
In 2013, Sarah created Quist, a free app for iOS, Android, and Windows that brings LGBTQ and HIV history to life with a following of over 35,000 from over 100 countries. Sarah’s writing has been published in The Advocate, Huffington Post, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, It Gets Better Project’s blog, and various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. She has been a guest on HuffPost Live, the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Progress Radio, and The List on ABC2.
Sarah was raised in Connecticut, and began her life as an activist at age 14 when she came out as a lesbian. By the time she moved to Boston at age 17 she had been a keynote speaker at a rally of hundreds, founded the largest student group at her high school, and traveled to 17 countries.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Language & Literatures from Boston University in 2008, with a course of study which included one academic year spent at the Universidad de Burgos in Spain where her courses focused on political science. During her time at BU, Sarah served as president of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Alliance and the LGBTQA student organization. She also held several months-long internships a variety of non-profits for causes from public health to microcredit in locations from Paraguay to Bulgaria.
She earned her Certificate of Professional Communication from Emerson College in 2012, a series of courses focused on writing for the web. From 2008 to 2013 she worked for five non-profits on online communications, including the Justice Resource Institute in Boston and Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault in Annapolis. Sarah served as the Volunteer Chair of the Boston Pride Committee for Pride 2010, which involved recruiting and organizing hundreds of volunteers for Boston’s 40th annual Pride Week.
GO Magazine named her one of the 13 Red Hot Entrepreneurs of 2013. In 2014 she worked with Apple and Google to make their tech policies more inclusive of bisexual terms. She was also invited to the White House to contribute on LGBTQ tech issues that year.
Writing and speaking on queer history continues to be her main focus, though she is also the part-time Web Content Manager for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. She hosts the YouTube series Quistory in your Neighborhood.
She lives with her wife, their daughter, and three cats in Wallingford, CT.