Queer History Exhibition In-Person
In partnership with the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, this exhibition explores the LGBTQ civil rights movement from the first part of the 20th century to the present day. Drawing on Stonewall’s vast archive of over six million pages of materials, including many serials and publications, we look at a time when it was illegal for gay people to congregate together.
We see how in the 1950s the first gay civil rights movement developed, and many people found ways to communicate, network, and support each other. We see the impact of the 1960s cultural revolution on LGBTQ rights which led to the Stonewall uprising in 1969. The 1970s brought about an age of enlightenment and cultural growth. The 1980s saw a continuation of the fight for legal rights, while at the same time, gay men were confronted with a new and terrifying deadly disease.
Despite continued opposition, progress continued, and changes were made to state laws. LGBTQ people began to see success in their professional and personal lives which ultimately led to the US Supreme Court recognizing the right to marry and prevention of discrimination based on sexual orientation
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